The end of summer is nearing and for Angelenos looking to turn up the heat, Palm Springs has you covered.
Splash House is slated to make its debut this weekend in Palm Springs, touting that it's the biggest pool party Southern California has ever seen. (splashhouse.com)
The two-day event takes at three Palm Springs hotels -- The Saguaro, Caliente Tropics and The Curve -- to provide live performances and DJ sets poolside.
Tyler McLean, one of the founders of Splash House, is a Palm Springs native who left for Los Angeles but returned home to help the small town reclaim its fame as Hollywood's playground.
The weekend-long event expects to up the ante on the pool party scene in Los Angeles and Las Vegas, to show off what McLean calls the desert getaway's best asset.
"Pools have been a staple of Palm Springs long before the pool party scene took over Vegas. So while Las Vegas has certainly demonstrated that pool parties can be a summertime draw in the desert, Splash House is more an homage to the tradition and style of the Palm Springs pool scene than a spinoff of Vegas," McLean said. "The lineup and the multi-venue concept is something you will not find anywhere else, including Vegas."
McLean says it's a perfect way to sweat out stresses of the week, as the carefree weekend event even provides transportation between hotels and nearby bars and venues.
"With only a two-hour drive (from Los Angeles) you can see some of the coolest artists perform while drinking a cocktail poolside," McLean said. "Most of the DJs will actually be staying and partying on site -- where else would you get that kind of experience?"
The lineup includes Neon Indian, Miami Horror, Classixx and more, all spinning at one of three Palm Springs hotels over the weekend.
Among the anticipated headlining DJ sets is one by L.A.-based Poolside, comprised of Danish producer Filip Nikolic and Jeffrey Paradise. The duo is slated for a set on Saturday at Caliente Tropics in Palm Springs.
While the weather in the desert is expected to be nearing the 100s -- which McLean said is "perfect poolside weather" -- the duo is excited to provide dance music to all pool partiers expected to dive in this weekend.
The Los Angeles News Group chatted with Paradise of Poolside before his Palm Springs weekend:
Question: How does it feel to be a part of a brand new event in Palm Springs, which is best known in the music world for the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival?
Paradise: Poolside performing poolside is a perfect setting. And have you seen the lineup? That lineup itself is really spectacular. Both of those things should make it worth the trip for anyone thinking about going.
Question: Who are you most excited to see?
Paradise: Everybody! Half of the artists are personal friends of ours who we've done shows with and the other half I'm just personally excited to see.
Question: Do you guys make it out to the desert often?
Paradise: We're usually there during Coachella, but yeah, Filip was just in Palm Springs for his birthday and I was there on a little trip in January. We wind up out there quite a bit. We like it.
Question: Are you a little scared to play in that heat for the weekend?
Paradise: It is definitely going be to be hot. I don't know what I'm going to do about that other than stay hydrated and maybe bring a personal fan with a mister. What I do know is that I plan to have that fun dad-on-vacation vibe -- it's going to be my look.
Question: Wait, are you a dad?
Paradise: No. I'm married, but no kids -- at least for the foreseeable future.
Question: What would be some tips you'd give L.A. folks who are considering heading out to the heat for Splash House?
Paradise: Follow your heart. You only live once. You need some stories to tell your grandkids.
Question: I lived in PS but now live in L.A., and find that the two cities have a pretty cool relationship for young, hip people. What are your thoughts on the two cities? Do they complement each other?
Paradise: Yeah, I think Palm Springs is close enough, yet far enough that it's a really great getaway from L.A. You can go and do nothing, and you don't have to buy a plane ticket for it. When you're out there you're kind of in another world. When I head out there, I like stopping at Pioneertown and Joshua Tree. We also take the (Palm Springs Aerial) Tram to the mountain and hike around there, hang out at the bar up there. There's just a lot in the area that makes it quite a nice little getaway. Sometimes the heat, even when it's oppressive, forces you to do nothing, which is kind of what you want to do on vacation.
Question: Any future appearances or projects we should know about?
Paradise: We're playing at FYF in Los Angeles (Aug. 25 fyffest.com). That'll be another cool place to catch a lot of cool artists aside from us. FYF is one of those festivals I would go to it if I wasn't playing.