The largest pool party in Southern California just got bigger.
Splash House, Palm Springs' poolside music festival, is hosting a sequel to its summer event with top acts like Chromeo, Cut Copy and A-Trak slated to perform DJ sets under the sun.
In its second year, the festival has grown rapidly, going from a two-day festival to three days and doubling to two weekends during the sizzling season in part thanks to its partnership with Goldenvoice, producer of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio.
Splash House drew about 1,200 ticketholders during its first run in August 2013 and 1,500 per day during its June run, which featured Moby as one of the day's headliners, said event co-founder Tyler McLean.
“We took a bit of a gamble and threw the event in the summer of Palm Springs,” said McLean, a Palm Springs native who knows the desert can reach more than 110 degrees in August. “Young people don't seem to mind the heat as long as there's a reason to be there.”
Nearly 40 acts are set to perform, and McLean expects upward of 2,500 people each day of Splash House, which allows artists and fans to play and stay at the festival venues.
“It's going to be better than ever,” said McLean, who added there will be new activities like drum circles and other events “that add to the communal feel of the festival.”
About 80 percent of Splash House attendees hail from Los Angeles, Orange County, San Diego and the Inland Empire, McLean said, adding that it has attracted folks from as far as San Francisco and New York.
“The last time I went there, I came straight from San Francisco,” said Australian house producer and singer Anna Lunoe, who performed at the previous two events. “They gave me a hotel room to get changed in. I arrived straight from the airport and I had the back door of the hotel room open for fresh air. Two girls walked straight in and said ‘Hey, can we go through your room (to get to the venue)?' I'm standing there half dressed with no makeup. And then they're like, ‘Oh my god.' It was very funny. I had my suitcase and these girls are like, ‘What are you wearing?' ”
Lunoe returns to Splash House on Saturday and plans to specifically make her music, which ranges from deep house to what she calls sunset disco, match the swimming pool vibe.
“It's not a dark, dirty club. It's not underground. It has to feel appropriate to that environment,” said Lunoe, who is based in Los Angeles. “I'm definitely catering my set to be more uplifting, more summertime.”
San Francisco's Viceroy, who bills his music as “summertime, all the time,” played the Palm Springs pool party during its inaugural run and can't wait to be back.
“It was an absolute blast,” said Viceroy, whose real name is Austen Afridi. “The setting is great. It really fits my music style; the whole pool party vibe. A lot of my friends are there. You can spend the weekend there, hang out with friends and spin some music. What more could you ask for?”
What: Three pool parties in Palm Springs featuring DJ sets by A-Trak, Chromeo, Cut Copy, Flum, Jagwar Ma and more.
When: 2 p.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 8 at Hacienda and Hard Rock; 11 a.m.-9 p.m. all venues Aug. 9; 11 a.m.-7:30 p.m. all venues Aug. 10; after-parties Aug. 8-9. Ages 21 and older.
Where: Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, 1555 S. Palm Canyon Drive; Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, 150 S. Indian Canyon Drive; The Saguaro Hotel, 1800 E. Palm Canyon Drive.
Tickets: $99 presale; $60 per day Aug. 9-10. Tickets and hotel packages Aug. 8-10, $700-$740 at Hard Rock, $600-$920 at Saguaro.
Information: 888-512-7469, splashhouse.com