The Growlers Reveal Venue for BEACH GOTH 2018
The Growlers are excited to announce that Beach Goth 2018 will be held downtown at Los Angeles State Historic Park, happening Sunday, August 5, 2018. Located near LA's Chinatown neighborhood, the newly-renovated Los Angeles State Historic Park will host Beach Goth 2018's full day of freaky side shows and soon-to-be-announced artist lineup.
"Most festivals are a sea of sameness," says Brooks Nielsen, lead singer of The Growlers, curators of Beach Goth 2018. "This year we're taking back Beach Goth, reclaiming it for the band and our fellow weirdos, misfits, and colorful outsiders," says Nielsen, referring to The Growlers' long-running (and recently settled) lawsuit brought by Orange County live music venue The Observatory over usage of the "Beach Goth" name.
"Beach Goth 2018 will definitely be more 'carnival' than 'festival.' It's about art, songs, and performances that come from real materials and raw energy, things that have to be experienced in-person," says Nielsen. "LA is The Growlers' home, and the Los Angeles State Historic Park is the perfect place for Growlers fans to come get weird in a beautiful, chill, and safe environment."
About the Park
One of the most historically significant sites in the city, Los Angeles State Historic Park is a 32-acre parcel of green space in downtown LA, with access to a wide range of public transportation. Originally home to Native American peoples such as the Kij, Gabrieleño, and Tongva, the park later became the "Ellis Island of Los Angeles" where new arrivals from the east first disembarked. It gained the nickname "The Cornfield" as LA's major transportation hub, so called because of the corn leaking from train cars and sprouting along the tracks. Following a multi-year, $20 million renovation, the State Historic Park reopened in 2017, now with sculpted paths, grassy hills, a stunning pedestrian walkway, and a massive performance space for concerts and festivals.
The Growlers will announce the full Beach Goth lineup later this month.
About The Growlers
Since the release of their first LP Are You In or Out? In 2009, The Growlers have forged their own twisted path on the global music scene. They're the party band that grew into a traveling circus of psychedelia that spawned their own event, Beach Goth. Lead singer Brooks Nielsen draws a particular devotion among Growlers fans, as does chief cohort Matt Taylor, The Growlers' music director and chief guitarist. Their most recent LP was 2016's City Club, produced by Julian Casablancas, which saw them expand their palette to include West African, dance, and electronic influences. The band is currently in the studio with Jonathan Rado (Foxygen) and Shawn Everett (The War On Drugs) and preparing for an upcoming world tour.