BeachLife line-up ups ante with Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins 

The Steve Miller Band will be among the headliners at the upcoming BeachLife Festival in Seaside Lagoon over the weekend of May 13. Photo courtesy of BeachLife

by Ralph Doyle

Alt rock superstars Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, and The Steve Miller Band will headline the three main stages at the upcoming BeachLife Music Festival, organizers Allen Sanford and Jim Lissner announced this week.

Equally prominent secondary acts include Sheryl Crow, 311, Lord Huron, UB40 featuring Ali Campbell, Stone Temple Pilots, Cold War Kids, Black Pumas, and Vance Joy

A fourth “Speakeasy Stage” will feature acoustic sets by punk musicians assembled by Jim Lindberg, of Pennywise.

The festival is scheduled for the weekend of May 13, at Seaside Lagoon in King Harbor. 

The first BeachLife Festival, in 2019, featured Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson. The festival, which attracted more than 26,000 people over three days, enjoyed an astonishingly successful inaugural rollout. “BeachLife was a near-perfect first year festival,” Buzzbands reported. “It was the quintessential Southern California moment,” Forbes magazine wrote. 

But the following year’s highly anticipated festival was canceled because of the pandemic. Last year’s festival, though not canceled, had to be postponed from May to September. Again, it was a critical success. Performers included Jane’s Addiction, Counting Crows, and Ziggy, and Stephen Marley.

Single day tickets to the upcoming festival start at $159, and three day tickets start at $349. VIP packages range from approximately $1,000 to $3,000.

As a hedge against Omicron, ticket refund insurance is being offered for $25. It will provide a full refund for persons unable to attend because they have contracted COVID-19, or because the festival has been canceled because of the virus.

Sanford said this week COVID-19 protocols will be announced closer to the event, and that they will be consistent with Los Angeles County Department of Health guidelines.

“We continue to hold strong to our commitment that the health and safety of our customers and artists is at the top of our minds at all times,”  Sandord said.

To further reduce the risk of COVID-19 transmission, financial transactions for food and merchandise will be cashless. 

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