BeachLife Festival 2019 Experience, A Weekend of Reggae & Rock on Redondo Beach, CA, May 3-5

BEACHLIFE FESTIVAL EXPERIENCE, REDONDO BEACH, CA, MAY 3-5 2019

For the first time in history, BeachLife festival took place in SoCal this past weekend. BeachLife festival is a 3-day music event with a combination of reggae & rock located right on the shoreline of Redondo Beach, CA. Our team at Girlshredclips is local to RB, attending BeachLife was so much fun for us to meetup with our skater friends and listen to good music all weekend. Our team was unsure as to what to expect for this festival as this was the first year the event was happening, but we had a good feeling that it would be something special due to the incredible star-studded lineup and beautiful beach location. The good news is, not only did BeachLife blow us away with the stage setup and production, but there were lots of people attending for the first year and you could tell everyone was having a magical weekend at BeachLife.

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Photo Credit: JP Cordero

CULTURE

There were a variety of people at BeachLife, from deadheads, skaters, preps, you name it! It was nice to see a festival officially in the South Bay of Los Angeles, and to see the type of culture the festival brought to the beach. Tied dyed T-shirt’s, fringe, kimonos, band tees, capris, sundresses and flower crowns all were popular to be worn by attendees. Most of the attendees were of course LA locals, however some attendees we spoke to came all the way from Bakersfield, San Diego, or Las Vegas!

One thing that we loved and noticed about BeachLife is that it was very kid friendly. There were more kids jamming out with their parents at this festival than anywhere else we had ever seen! Redondo Beach is known for being a more “family” dominating area in the Los Angeles area, so it was great to see so many locals coming from the area with the entire fam to enjoy the fun!

FESTIVAL

When first stepping into BeachLife and taking a look around the festival grounds, we could already tell that a lot of planning and creativity had gone on into making this festival a memorable experience. The main stage, High Tide stage, was very large and had a good view from anywhere across the floor. Synthetic grass was placed on the GA floor so festival goers could roll their blankets out and sit comfortably. The synthetic grass also helped keep the festival very clean throughout the entire time. There were chairs available for seating underneath the shade. VIP was setup on both sides, with VIP 2nd story tables on the right hand side. Over at the opposite end of the festival was the large side stage, Low Tide stage. The floor for GA was directly in the sand, making it comfortable and fun to take your shoes off and feel the sand between your feet while dancing. Having the floor directly in the sand really made the festival feel “Beachy”. Again VIP located on the right side of the stage, private bathrooms and bars for VIP were at both stages.

Some of our favorite sponsors of the festival included Body Glove sports wear, Country Archer Beef Jerky, Kevita Kombucha, and Ikon pass.

FOOD

The festival had a ton of food options. Our favorite food vendor was Stay Cheesy, which had gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches, yummy! Other vendors included tacos, mac & cheese, and pork sandwiches.

In terms of drinking the main bar was named the “Body Glove Bar” sponsored by Body Glove. A section of the bar area had drinking games sponsored by Tito’s handmade vodka including garbage basket beer pong, ping pong, and even cycling to blend your margarita! This turned the event into a true beach party.

What we liked most about the food & spirits was the wine bar area directly in the middle of the festival, in which you could purchase glasses of wine from a variety of wine sellers to enjoy. The area had shaded cabanas to sit underneath from the sun, and you could even get a woodfire pizza to have along your with wine. Fancy!

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Photo Credit: JP Cordero

FRIDAY MUSIC

Friday was the first night of the festival, we were able to catch performances by Steel Pulse, Slightly Stoopid, and headliner Bob Weir & the Wolf Brothers. Steel Pulse is one of our favorite reggae bands and the group put on a Rastafarian irie show on the Low Tide stage at 4pm. The crowd was already grooving to the music with classic Steel Pulse songs like “Stepping Out” & “Ravers”.

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Photo Credit: Jessie Lee Cederblom

The performance helped to kickoff the excitement for the rest of Friday evening, with Slightly Stoopid also performing on the Low Tide stage immediately after. Slightly Stoopid from neighboring city San Diego, is always a pleasure to see with a combination of folk, rock, reggae, blues, and hip-hop funk to their sound. Bob Weir came out as a surprise guest to join the band in singing a Tom Petty tribute, “You Don’t Know How It Feels” while the sunset in the backdrop. Finally to close the night we ended up over at the High Tide stage for the headlining performance by Bob Weir himself & the Wolf Brothers. Bob Weir is a founding member of the rock band the Grateful Dead. We could easily tell that we were among many Grateful Dead fans with supporting band T-shirt’s all around, and roaring excitement throughout the entirety of Bob Weir‘s performance. Closing out the first night of the festival with Bob Weir was pretty extraordinary and will be a memorable experience for the BeachLife OGs forever. Other performances on Friday included Alinea, Anuhea, The Higgs, Roots of Creation, Donovan Frankenreiter, Sack Lunch, Bruce Hornsby, Clayton Joseph Scott, As the Crow Flies, and Tim Curran.

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Photo Credit: Jessie Lee Cederblom

SATURDAY MUSIC

The sun was shining and the wind was breezy for Day 2, beautiful weather! It was so nice to enjoy the great California bands right on the beach. We first went over to the High Tide stage and hung out to watch the set by Chevy Metal who performed an entire set of Van Halen’s songs. The band swayed the crowd as key drummer from the Foo Fighters, Taylor Hawkins, made the experience lively and fun while drumming, singing, and dancing in his cheetah pants. Our favorite song played was “Jamie’s Cryin”, it sounded exactly like the original song by Van Halen. While we were standing on the grounds of the High Tide stage, we noticed that people were watching right from their hotel balcony across the street and had the perfect view! Special guest Cat Wilson came out with Chevy Metal to perform and it was a real good time. We were stoked to have gotten to listen to so many of Van Halen‘s hits!- Saturday was off to a good start so far.

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Photo Credit: Jessie Lee Cederblom

We then went over to watch the band Dawes perform on the Low Tide stage. Dawes is an American Folk rock band right from Los Angeles, CA. Some of the songs they performed at BeachLife include “Roll With The Punches” and “Feed The Fire”. We hadn’t heard of this band before, however it seemed like everyone else had! The crowd sung along with Dawes, and the band had a great time hanging out with the crowd with good vibes all around. We hung out for a bit after the performance ended at the Tito’s beach playground, then went back over to Low Tide stage to catch Jason Mraz. This was our first time seeing and hearing Jason Mraz, and were pleasantly surprised. We came to find out that Jason Mraz is a Grammy Award nominee and is from San Diego, originally coming to the coffee shop scene in 2000. His music was chill and relaxed, perfect for BeachLife festival. With a beautiful pink sky sunset, and high fives all around for good vibes, we were having a great time dancing to Jason Mraz’s music. After attending BeachLife, we will definitely be listening to more of Jason Mraz in the future! Other artists on Saturday included Latchkey Kid, Berlin, Sugar Ray, Barley, Everclear, Best Coast, V Torres, His Eyes have Fangs, Violent Femmes, Tomorrows Bad Seeds and headliner, Brian Wilson.

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Photo Credit: Jessie Lee Cederblom

SUNDAY MUSIC

Sunday of course was the last day of the festival. The weather was cloudy which was actually perfect as we had natural coverage and did not need to shy away from the sun. We got to the festival to checkout Grace Potter on the High Tide stage, who’s music is a combination of rock and pop mix. We loved her sound and her voice was absolutely beautiful. It was nice to chill out and sit on our blanket in the grass after a long weekend, with a cold beer in hand and listen to her sing.

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Photo Credit: Jessie Lee Cederblom

After we went over to see another one of our favorite reggae artists, Ziggy Marley, at the Low Tide stage. With our feet in the sand and palm trees blowing in the wind in the backdrop, we really felt at home. There were even bubbles! Some of our favorite reggae songs were performed including the classic “One Love” song by the great Bob Marley. We also got to hear a Ziggy Marley original, “Beach In Hawaii” and learned a new song “I Don’t Wanna Live On Mars”. Ziggy Marley was one of our favorite performances from the weekend at BeachLife, as everyone was getting loose and shaking it up dancing to the reggae music!

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Photo Credit: Jessie Lee Cederblom

Finally, the weekend had to come to an end and we went over to see the country music legend Willie Nelson & Family. Willie Nelson is in his sixth decade career, and has over 200 plus albums. Willie Nelson is 86 years old, and had a strong performance at BeachLife. He had an amazing voice throughout the entire set – which is pretty mind blowing for an old guy! It was a great show and we were glad we had the opportunity to witness this country legend perform. Other performances on Sunday included Venice, Hollow Legs, Chris Pierce, Keller, Colin Hay, Poncho Sanchez, Blues Traveler, Big Head Todd, Lost Beach, Charlie Overbey, and Matt Costa.

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Photo Credit: Jessie Lee Cederblom

Closing the festival with Willie Nelson, and the rest of the weekend combined really made BeachLife a “magical” weekend to say the least, we are so glad we were able to make it. Thank you BeachLife for putting together this event, we can’t wait for next year!

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