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An Insider's Guide to Desert Daze 2022

Desert Daze 2022 is here, September 30th - October 2nd. The music festival returns to Moreno Beach at Lake Perris for its ten-year anniversary, bringing bands from around the world like King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Tame Impala, Iggy Pop, Cortex, and Kikagaku Moyo, to name a few. Keep your eyes and ears tuned because this year's about to get groovy or goony, you decide.


Look at this lineup, it's almost too much to process in one sitting. With ten years of hard work, Desert Daze has fully formed into a thriving community for artists, fans, visionaries, and anything in between. The production size and scale of DD continues to grow every year, yet it still stands as one of the last festivals, from my experience, that still has a family feel to it. It's put on by people who genuinely love and value the impact music and art has on people's well-being. Founder Phil Pirrone and the rest of the Desert Daze team truly do so much behind the scenes to make it happen each year, so we're eternally grateful for their dedication and drive to help expand our minds and bring people together in that process.

Desert Daze has become a yearly pilgrimage for CVC since our platform's origins in 2018, so we have a fairly clear idea of how it's going down this time round. With the momentum of the past 3 years at Lake Perris, Desert Daze is ready to pack a punch in the hole of existence. This year might have the most variety in terms of genre and overall performances. From post-punk, psych pop, jazz, and rap, your ears are going to be feasting all weekend.

Whether you're here to redeem yourself from the infamous 2018 thunderstorm that canceled Tame's set or you're longing to recover from some Joshua Tree nostalgia with a heavy dose of Iggy Pop, this year's headliners are here to provide. Good god, you can't forget King Gizz, plus Mild High Club's pulling up so there's a good chance we might see some collab action. Desert Daze just announced all the single-day lineups, so start planning it out now or who knows maybe you'd rather let the universe decide which timeline you run this year.

Let us help you out a bit, ease into it. We don't mind if this is your first year or you've seen them all, here are some of the artists on our radar from this year's lineup:


Photo by: Spenser Judd


With so many great artists this year, it's hard to pick and here are some

Honorable Mentions: Chicano Batman, BADBADNOTGOOD, Duster, Reggie Watts, Levitation Room, Babe Rainbow, Automatic, Fuzz, Pond, and Gum.

SpaceyY's Picks

  1. Kikagaku Moyo