The Beach Goth 4 Experience

This past weekend I attended my very first Beach Goth festival in Santa Ana, California. The music festival took place on October 24 & 25 at The Observatory in Orange County. Presented by The Growlers, this was the fourth year of Beach Goth*. The lineup was pretty stacked with guests such as Die Antwoord, Mac DeMarco, The Drums, Juicy J, Warpaint, & of course, The Growlers. General admission passes for both days cost a total of $100. I, however, received a complimentary ticket & photo pass to cover it for my blog. Here are a bundle of photos & some of the things I liked & didn't like about Beach Goth.

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The Growlers 
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The Drums

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The Adicts

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RiFF RaFF

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Warpaint

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Warpaint

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Juicy J

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Grimes

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DIIV 
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Mystic Braves

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Mystic Braves

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Julian Casablancas + The Voidz

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Mac DeMarco

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Die Antwoord

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Die Antwoord


Things I Liked About Beach Goth:

The Costumes - Half the fun was spotting the crazy outfits people wore to Beach Goth. After all, it's a costume party just in time for Halloween. Even many of the artists dressed up while they were on stage. Some people went all out (one girl wore a penis hat/mask all day in the hot sun) while others were a bit mild with cat ear headbands. I saw a lot of blood & gore makeup. Oh you know, the usual Halloween stuff. One of my favorites was a group of people who dressed like Mickey Mouse the sorcerer's apprentice in Fantasia.

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The Music - I was pretty impressed with the lineup & the live performances. There were minimal problems with the sound system, it was fun, & the artists seemed like they were having a great time. I got to enjoy several bands that I had been really looking forward to seeing such as Die Antwoord & The Drums.

The Bathrooms - Although they were extremely dirty by the end of the day, I vastly prefer real restrooms rather than nasty portable bathrooms. I went to the porta potty just once during the festival because it would've taken 20 minutes to wiggle my way through the crowd, wait in the line for the bathroom, & then come back to make it in time for the next set. Let's just say there were approximately seven different disgusting items & bodily liquids there. Real restrooms for the win.

Things I Didn't Like About Beach Goth:

The Parking - $25 per day for parking? I know you have to make money but it was so unorganized that my boyfriend & I backed out immediately. The line was so long. We just ended up parking on the street & walking a bit. Much better.

The Smoking - If there's a beer drinking section there should be a smoking section. I inhaled so much secondhand smoke that my head still hurts two days later. I understand that festivals are about enjoying oneself & I have no problem with smokers, but I can't savor the moment when billows of cigarette smoke are wafting into my face. Not to mention I had to actively avoid getting burned by lit cigarettes as I walk through the bustling crowd.

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The Rowdy Crowd - There's no problem with having fun & getting pumped up by the music, but when people are getting kicked in the face, pushed, shoved, & passing out that's not a good sign. While I was in the media pit, the security guards had to consistently pull passed out concertgoers from the front barrier.

The Disorganization - On day one the disorganization was just awful. Getting in & out of the inside venue took so much longer than it should. You had to push & shove your way through the traffic. By day two they had put up entrance & exit signs & security was enforcing it. It was much better. In truth, for the amount of people that were there the location was simply too small.

The Lack of Water - I think it should be vital that festivals provide free water refill stations for patrons. I'm not talking about free water bottles, I'm talking about a station where you can fill up your water bottle or just get a drink. It's really irresponsible when people are exposed to the hot sun, dancing, possibly drinking, & everything else. You need water. If you wanted water at Beach Goth you had to buy a bottle for $3 or maybe slurp some from the bathroom faucet.

Hey! I had a pretty damn good time at Beach Goth 4. Just like any music festival, it has its positives & negatives. At the end of the day it's about your attitude. I seriously had a blast seeing some of my favorite artists perform live. Experiencing Die Antwoord definitely places itself on my top 10 acts I've ever seen. Can't beat that.

Which artist would you most like to see? How does Beach Goth sound to you? :]

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*Disclaimer: I received a ticket complimentary from Beach Goth. All opinions in this are 100% mine aka Carmen's. :]

41 comments

  1. Amazing goth photos! I would love to attend this one day!
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  2. This looks like an amazing festival. I'm dying to go to a festival. California does sounds like the perfect place to go to one. Love the photos
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    1. California has so many festivals you start to lose count. :]

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  3. I have never been to a musical festival, although I have attended large rock concerts in arenas and stadiums. Interesting read. I so agree with you about the water. I can't believe none was available.

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    1. I've been to a few festivals this year & all of them had refillable water stations so I was a bit flabbergasted. :p

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  4. Such a different vibe, very cool to see and read about though! Glad you enjoyed such a unique experience, never realised this existed!

    Raashi
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    1. To be honest I didn't know this existed either. :]

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  5. Sounds like this was an overall fun festival even though there were some not so great parts. Thanks for sharing this with us. I love your photots.

    Kathy
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    1. As with anything in life, there's going to be the good & bad. :]

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  6. I only know Die Antwoord but judging from the pics there were some pretty cool bands there!

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  7. I hate going to places where they are people smoking. Nice pictures btw, looks like fun!

    ARedLip&Love

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    1. Yeah it's definitely not the best to breathe all that smoke. >.<

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  8. Great musical festival, amazing pics!!!
    Kisses, Paola.

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  9. I've never been to a festival because of the reasons you listed, girlie. I really can't stand the whole drunk/high scene + disorganisation. However, I appreciate the music and new talented artists. Dilemma :)
    Thanks for sharing your experience, Carmen :)
    xox Nadia
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    1. There are a lot of festivals that still have those negative parts but I've had the most amazing experiences. Seeing some my favorite performers live & up close & personal can't be beat. :]

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  10. I always get anxiety from the port-a-potty/restroom situation at large events. Especially if I'm drinking beer! Glad you had a blast and glad you got to see Die Antwoord. My boyfriend's band (Mangchi) is supposed to open for them sometime in December. :)
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    1. Yeah it was absolutely heinous. I stepped inside & vowed never to go in one again. That's amazing! I'd love to see your boyfriend's band too! :]

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  11. There are so many interesting festivals out there now. This looks like it was fun, I would have loved this back in my college/goth days.

    Allie of ALLIENYC
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    1. I definitely think it's geared for a younger crowd but for us older folks it's nice if you're not directly in the mosh pit. :]

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  12. Looks like a cool event you went to. Those are really good photographs you took! And super cool giveaway! xoxo

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  13. Great pictures sounds like a great event overall.

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  14. Great shots! And Die Antwoord is hilarious, Yolandi Visser is such a cool style icon!
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    Izzy
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    1. You are very right, Izzy. Yolandi has such a unique style & is sure to be an icon. :]

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  15. Amazing goth festival! Thanks for sharing these gorgeous pics!
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  16. These pictures are awesome! I almost felt like being there :)

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  17. It seems so interesting and fun!
    I've never heard of goth festivals before, but seem they're great events!
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    S
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    1. It's not necessarily a "goth" festival it does bring in a particular crowd. :]

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  18. I was there too! Your photos came out great ♥ How do you get a free pass? I'm a blogger in SoCal as well and I'm just wondering on how you go about that? I would love to know!

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