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Techno-tribalism festival Desert Hearts announces spring lineup

Techno-tribalism festival Desert Hearts announces spring lineup
Snohomish Brown of Beverly Hills makes dinner outside his tent at the Desert Hearts music festival on the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation on Nov. 6, 2015. (Don Bartletti / Los Angeles Times)

Desert Hearts is at the forefront of the rising wave of "transformational" festivals cultivating a house and techno scene around offshoots of Burning Man culture. The San Diego festival has announced an internationally heavy spring lineup for the April 1-4 event.

DJ Harvey, the longstanding Dionysius of L.A. club music, tops the bill, with a live set from the German duo Extrawelt, the rising Vienna/Brazilian producer Joyce Muniz, Amsterdam's Patrice Baumel, Desert Hearts veterans Sabo and Atish, and the raucous five-man crew that puts on the festival.

Video: Into the wild at the Desert Hearts festival

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The festival, in which artists perform for 72 consecutive hours, draws about 3,000 fans to the Los Coyotes Indian Reservation, which is a couple of hours inland from San Diego. Its status has grown immeasurably in the three years since its founding, and the fest remains at the vanguard of techno-tribalism while running a tight ship (last year's fest had no reported medical calls or arrests).

For a taste of what to expect, read our lengthy feature on the festival here, or dive in headfirst with the Times mini-documentary on the weekend-long event.

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