If you weren’t at Beach Goth this year, you royally fucked up. Last weekend OC’s Observatory hosted the 4th annual Beach Goth festival – a pre-Halloween freak fest of absolute madness.
When you leave it up to the Growlers to curate their own 48hr party, things are bound to get weird. Beach Goth undeniably had the most eclectic lineup to any modern DIY music festival on the market right now. With RiFF RAFF, The Mummies, Grimes, Wanda Jackson and Parliament Funkadelic performing alongside Rocky Horror reenactments and Mini Kiss, the whole day felt like a hallucinogenic daydream. Oh, did we mention Pauly Shore hosted Sunday and the majority of the bands dressed in their Halloween costumes? Yeah, safe to say this was the most bizarre mini-fest the audience has probably attended in a very, very long time.
Costumed attendees enjoyed the photo booths and wandered around the merch section, packed full of LA’s finest festival vendors. Vegan favorites Clara’s Cakes dished out pumpkin cannolis while Sunday’s mega babe gallery owners displayed local artists stickers and zines alongside ultimate chillers Gnar Tapes, who dealt skateboards, cassette tapes and epic amounts of vinyl, all packed between tons of 70’s vintage clothing booths.
Equally as strange as it was charming, last weekends funk/rap/punk/whatever party was nothing short of spectacular with not a single boring moment to spare. If you weren’t able to catch the weirdness this year, no worries, the Growlers aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. Next years show is bound to be bigger and better than ever (if that’s even possible, these guys will find a way to make it happen.)
In case you missed this year, here are some festival highlights:
- No Parents’ seriously slaying their Slipnkot cover, accompanied byinsane costumes and beer pong on stage.
- FIDLAR making everyone literally sit down half way through their set in an attempted audience participatory type thing?
- Die Antword bringing out their kid who danced on stage after they performed a new song for the very first time.
- Juicy J playing ‘Slob On My Knob’ causing every human being at the show to lose their damn minds.
Backstage was swarmed with beer, tacos and sweaty performers kicking back in post-show delirium amongst 1 of the 4 rooms the Growlers hand built (1 of which displayed a dingy, squat-like room accompanied by a TV you could play video games on.) Warren Thomas from The Abigail’s set up a free hair-cutting booth, masses of babes conversed and thick plumes of smoke hung in the air as music blasted off in the distance. Just when you think you know exactly what the Beach Goth vibe is all about, RiFF RAFF and his entourage casually walk by, and you’re back at square one.
photos by Robiee Ziegler
story by Courtney Melahn