NorCal vs. SoCal Fests: A Comparison

Can you tell which photo was taken at a SoCal fest?
Everyone says California should be split into two -- NorCal and SoCal are so different in temperature, vibe and personality that it might as well be different states. Check out just how different in our comparison below.

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*Our full Coachella Coverage
*Outside Lands: Top Five Do's and Don't For Festival Folk

The Music

While NorCal's Reggae on the River has the usual suspects -- a random Marley (Julian this time), Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars and Anthony B -- and SoCal's Lightning in the Bottle is a showcase of DoLab greats (plus Purity Ring!) all the other festivals happening around California look ... just about the same. See:

Timothy Norris
Red Hot Chili Peppers
NorCal: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, YYYs, Jurassic 5, Kaskade (Outside Lands); STRFKR, Holy Ghost!, Antwon (Treasure Island)
Andrew Youssef
SoCal: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, YYYs, Jurassic Park, Kaskade (Coachella);  STRFKR, Holy Ghost!, Antwon (FYF Fest)

If anything, SoCal has more heavy hitters in the EDM genre (HARD will have Bassnectar, Flying Lotus and Baauer) and NorCal will feature more jam-type bands (moe., Primus and White Denim at the High Sierra Music Festival). 

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