Festival Review: This Ain’t No Picnic Festival at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA

Hello old friends, it’s been a minute and it feels good to back posting up here again. The past week I was fortunate enough to cover a festival that had all its bases covered. Living in Los Angeles for a while already, I was lucky enough to experience festivals like Save the Parks which later became FYF. Festivals like those brought together a whole blend of music and people on a much smaller scale than festivals like Coachella. So when I saw the lineup for This ain’t No Picnic I was pumped. At the time of the announcement I was still living about 4 miles away from the fest grounds, so obviously, I was pumped.

The festival brought artists from all different genres, from rock, to hip hop, world music, hardcore and punk, R&B, electronic music, you name it, they probably had it. As I told my friend there, it was 2 days and 3 stages of NPR.

Day 1 had Le Tigre, LCD Soundsystem, Circle Jerks, Ying Yang Twins,  Mac DeMarco, Courtney Barnett, Earl Sweatshirt, Indigo De Sousa, Eyedress, and Hana Vu. Talk about choices am I right?

Day 2 did not disappoint either. When can you say you saw The Strokes, Phoebe Bridgers, Descendents, and Turnstile all within 2 hours? The second day also gave us King Woman, Deafheaven, Idles, Beach House, Nothing, Tinashe (my new fave), Wet Leg, and Zulu. Although I missed Zulu the day brought all the hardcore (adjacent) kids out of the woodwork.

In a world that was held up for two years of no shows and fests, I think a well-mixed bill like this is what we all needed. Just a weekend full of all sorts of fans of different music from all walks of life. This wasn’t no picnic – it was a celebration!



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