From Primavera Sound to Virgin Fest, L.A.’s festival scene is starting to pop


Summer in the UK is known better as festival season. It’s hard to remember what came first, cider or festivals? You can’t always guarantee warm weather, but you can guarantee that there will be thousands of music fans gathered in a field somewhere in the country on any given weekend during May – September. 

You simply can’t beat the UK festival season, but as the market over here grows ever more saturated, over the pond in L.A. a fresh scene is starting to pop. For the past decade there has only ever been one festival that comes to mind when you think of California, and that’s obviously Coachella.  

Just outside of Los Angeles, other festivals that form part of California’s festival scene include country music festival Stagecoach, and electronic dance music party HARD Summer. 

Camp Flog Gnaw

In 2012, L.A. native Tyler, The Creator added a burst of vibrancy to the city’s festival scene with the launch of his very own festival creation, Camp Flog Gnaw. Taking place every November, Los Angeles’ famous Dodger Stadium is transformed into a cotton-candy coated carnival.

Virgin Fest

A big-time addition to the L.A. festival scene this year is Virgin Fest. A brand we already know and love (R.I.P. V Festival), the urban cultural hub, Exposition Park, has been chosen as the setting for Virgin Fest, taking place from 6-7 June 2020. LA’s brand new multi-genre festival welcomes some of the biggest names in music including Lizzo, A$AP Rocky, Anderson .Paak, Banks and Clario. 

Primavera Sound L.A.

Set to take place at Los Angeles State Historic Park on 19-20 September 2020, we have no clue who’ll be playing the L.A. debut of Primavera Sound yet. But if this year’s lineup at its Barcelona originator is any indication (Lana Del Rey, The Strokes, Massive Attack, etc), Primavera Sound could quickly become L.A.’s go-to music festival.

With Norweigan Air offering cheap return flights to Los Angeles from London, Manchester, Oslo, Paris, Barcelona and other cities across Europe, what are you waiting for? Go and see what California has to offer.