James Blake

Beach Goth's lineup had the goods, but fest may not be ready for its close-up

Beach Goth's lineup had the goods, but fest may not be ready for its close-up

This is a golden era for the kind of festival that Beach Goth set out to be.

A growing crop of events — Desert Daze, Burgerama, Diversion and Further Future among them — are going intimate, with capacity for just a few thousand fans in off-the-grid locations. The acts are packaged in imaginative bills, catering to genre-agnostic (or super-devoted) fans who would follow them anywhere for a transcendent moment.

Even as events like FYF Fest and Odd Future’s Camp Flog Gnaw have grown up from that model, we now have a wave of smaller, more refined gatherings working hard to re-consider what a festival should be.

So it’s...

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