Knotfest - October 24-26, 2014 - San Manuel Amphitheater

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Rachael Mattice
Corey Taylor of Slipknot at Knotfest

Knotfest
October 24-26, 2014
San Manuel Amphitheater

Thank the Dark Lord the temperature in San Bernardino was only in the 80s on Saturday, as an estimated 50,000 metalheads, campers and revelers flocked to the San Manuel Amphitheater in Devore for Knotfest -- three days of camping and a dark carnival/heavy-metal music festival curated by Slipknot (who were inspired by European metal festivals) to bring a musical and cultural event of this magnitude to San Bernardino. For three days, fans explored dark art, fire, carnival rides, roller coasters music, and more.

The party got started Friday evening with Suicide Silence and The Black Dahlia Murder opening a nighttime show. Combined, Saturday and Sunday featured over 20 bands on a total of five stages per day. Saturday included bands such as Carcass, Testament, Fear Factory, Prong, Butcher Babies and In This Moment. Sunday offered bands like Napalm Death, Devildriver, Miss May I, Of Mice and Men, Killswitch Engage and Whitechapel.

Both nights were headlined by Slipknot, and night one featured main stage acts Black Label Society, Hatebreed, Black Label Society, Anthrax and Danzig. Night two also featured main stage acts Hellyeah, Atreyu, Tech N9NE, Volbeat, and Five Finger Death Punch.

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Festival Supreme- Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds- October 25, 2014

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Festival Supreme
October 25, 2014
Shrine Expo Hall & Grounds

This year's Festival Supreme was held at the Shrine and right away I could tell that this venue was going to work out better than 2013's, the Santa Monica Pier. Not only because there was more room to roam around, but also, they upped the ante from three to four stages.

This year's addition was called "Circus of Death" and the indoor room was, well, wild. Dimly-lit with so many things to look at, there was spooky artwork, crazy lights, a church bounce house, and even a train you could buy tickets to ride. With a small, low stage in the middle of the room, my thought immediately was, "This room would be perfect to trip out in."

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The Thirstiest People We Saw at Splash House

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Ed Carrasco / OC Weekly
Getting Splashy

Last night, the three day pool weekender that is Splash House came to a close with a live performance by Jagwar Ma and some epic back to back sets by Aston Shuffle, Wax Motif, Motez, Uberjak'd, Bixel Boys and a surprise guest Adrian Lux well into the am at the Hard Rock Hotel. Taking over three different resorts, this was not a relaxing vacation in Palm Springs. Rather a full blown music festival that provided a stellar line-up of electronic artists and bands, awesome vibes, an incredible crowd and some good ole fashioned debauchery poolside.

With hot babes in bikinis, drinks flowing freely and 100 degree weather the thirst was real at the Saguaro, Hacienda and Hard Rock. Here's the thirstiest people we saw over the weekend. Maybe they should have drank more of that free Evian water they were giving away at the shuttles. Just saying.


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The Five Must See EDM Shows in August

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Fabian Ortiz / OC Weekly
HARD Summer 2013 at the LA Historic Park
It's no secret that we have become the festival generation. Since March (some of us January and February) we've been packing our floral headbands and living out of suitcases at campgrounds and hotels all over. From Coachella to EDC dance music has taken over the largest stages and kept us dancing until the sun comes up while dreading that awful Monday morning. So it's only natural that as the summer comes to a close and the fest season winds down our top five must see EDM shows in August are all festivals. From Lollapalooza to Burning Man there's so much going on this month we had to take a step back and plan the whole month for you.

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A Naval Officer's First Time at EDC Las Vegas

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Alejandra Loera / OC Weekly
The Huizar's in front of the Boombox Art Cart during EDC's sunrise
Lieutenant Juan Huizar planned his first trip to EDC with the meticulous scrutiny of a submarine naval officer. Before getting in the car, he charted his route down to the mile. Instead of a molly stash, he made sure to pack a survival stash of caffeine work out pills to keep him awake and alert all night long. His uniform this week, however, was a little more relaxed-- a bright green pair of Dickies shorts, a glowing backpack, raver beads and a neon green shirt that read simply: "Let's Get Weird." Though, it wasn't destined to stay on his body for very long.

For the past 13 years, Huizar has served our country as part of the United States Navy, but I still remember him as my best friend's older brother who lived across the street from my Long Beach, California home growing up. We lost touch after I moved during high school, but thanks to social media, we have been able to keep in touch. Little did I know that 15 years later we would be dancing under the electric sky of EDC Las Vegas with his sister and two brothers.

See also: We Drink Our Asses Off With a Couple of Marines at Coachella

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LA Horror Show and Music Fest - Hollywood Sports Complex - June 14, 2014

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Photo of Rick Galiher by Scott Feinblatt
There are not enough musical festivals dedicated to spooky music. Sure, there are alt rock and metal fests, which attract some goth and death metal characters, but festivals with lineups of bands that share imagery--in lieu of musical style--are rare. Granted, there are not a whole lot of events at which fans of horror imagery and entertainment can unify, in general [Horror Works is one website that promotes various horror-related events for fans to discover]; however, as far as a horror fest with live musical acts as its main draw is concerned, the LA Horror Show & Music Fest was an anomaly.

The festival took place at the Hollywood Sports complex, in Bellflower. And although the entire grounds seemed decked-out, all spooky-like, for their annual Haunted Hollywood Sports event last October--wherein there were haunted mazes and "kill zones," where you could shoot live zombies using paintball guns--this event was restricted to the immediate courtyard and indoor performance area. This was fine considering there were not the hordes of fans who had come during October to shoot performers with faux weapons. Still, the courtyard featured a decent amount of space, which was occupied by various horror-related vendors and a side-show stage.

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Festival Supreme - Santa Monica Pier - October 19, 2013

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Taylor Hamby
Tenacious D
Festival Supreme
Santa Monica Pier
10/19/13

The Festival Supreme hosted by Tenacious D (aka Jack Black and Kyle Gass) was held on Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier. Unfortunately, the choice of venue spelled trouble from the start for the first-year festival. After looking for parking for 30 minutes and then a long winded walk to the pier, I made it to what I'd call the "main venue." Aside from the festival crowd, the pier was predictably packed with tourists and people without tickets just hanging around clogging the entrance. Inside the gates it was even more crowded and it was clear they'd drastically oversold this thing. The sheer number of people at the festival made it hard to catch most of what fans wanted to see without the aid of a Jumbotron screen. Despite the crowds, I was willing to give the fest a chance and stick through it out through the good, the bad and funny.

See also: Photos of Festival Supreme

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Top Five Acts We Saw at HARD Summer

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Fabian Ortiz / OC Weekly
HARD Summer 2013

Now that we've finally recovered from our massive hangovers (and some serious dust winds) we've broken down the hottest acts of LA's biggest summer electronic music festival. An estimated 70,000 EDM fans flooded Chinatown and the Los Angeles State Historic Park for the sixth annual edition of HARD Summer. They came out in full force dressed to the nines with shirts, tattoos, logos and any other paraphernalia which idolizes their favorite artists. Yes the girls were adorned in little to no clothing with go-go like attire which includes flufflies and the tiniest bikini ever. Get over it already, it's part of the rave culture and as much as the HARD brand and their new Live Nation partners want to stem away from it, these are the fans from old generations to new who have helped cultivate the scene and pushed it to the forefront of mainstream music.

For every "raver" there were just as many hipsters, married couples, VIP bottle service types, bros and who ever else wanted to immerse themselves in the music that spreads far beyond the realms of the untz untz untz you hear on KIIS-FM. That's what makes EDM events unique and has had people of all walks of life enjoying them for decades. Despite the tragic death of one festival goer who fell into cardiac arrest on Saturday, the fest itself has managed to improv a lot from years passed. They also added carnival rides and bumped-up the production a bit as the brand is only continuing to grow and get better every year. So kudos Gary Richards, the festival founder. Instead of bitching about what we didn't like, we thought why not highlight some of the killer acts of the weekend. After all isn't it all about the music? (at least it used to be)

See also: Top Five EDM Shows in August

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HARD Summer 2013 Playlist: Tracks From the Five Acts You're Not Allowed to Miss

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Matt Oliver / OC Weekly
Fans at HARD Summer 2012
The largest electronic dance music festival in LA returns to downtown's Los Angeles Historic Park this weekend on Saturday, August 3rd and Sunday, August 4th. The sold out sixth annual installment of HARD Summer will feature performances from today's leading EDM artist and hip-hop performers such as, Knife Party, Justice (DJ Set), a Duck Sauce reunion, Dog Blood, Bassnectar, Empire of the Sun live performance, 2 Chainz, Green Lantern, Zedd, Crystal Castles, Baauer, and Dillon Francis. Thousands of festival goers sporting their freshest festival steeze, favorite DJ shirts and little to no clothing will invade downtown as they indulge in their favorite music while overlooking the majestic LA skyline.

Accompanying the festival is the official after party held at Exchange LA, the former Los Angeles Stock Exchange Building turned nightclub for those wanting to keep the party going past midnight. The 21-and-over event will also feature sounds by Destructo (aka Gary Richards the festival founder) and friends. This years festival line-up features one of the most stacked ever, with everything from electro, house, dubstep, trap, deep house and techno to satisfy your EDM pallet. In an effort to get you pumped for the weekend we put together a short playlist of tracks and artist you may not be as familiar with, but we recommend should be on your radar this weekend. So crank up your speakers and groove along with us because we can't wait to party HARD with you!

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Música en Movimiento Festival Returns to Downtown SanTana This Weekend!

Categories: Music Festivals

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Joese Gloria
Putting the Movement in Music!
Hardworking grassroots cultural organizers, in an annual tradition, aim to bring the best activist music together in the heart of SanTana for an all day summer festival. This Saturday, Música en Movimiento returns to the parking lot at El Centro Cultural de México with a cadre of poets, artists, activists and bands ready to use their talents to help change the world around them.

In collaboration with Revolution at 33 1/3, a diverse array of genres are on deck to hit the stage. Among the assembled are longtime Los Angeles Xicano favorites Aztlan Underground and Quinto Sol who together serve as the hard-hitting headliner.

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