Summer is set to start off with a big splash thanks to the return of Splash House, Southern California's largest poolside music festival.
The sun-soaked eventreturns to Palm Springs on June 13 with a third day and two new venues. The three desert hot spots for the weekend-long poolside celebration include The Saguaro Hotel, Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs and the new Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club.
“Last year, we kept hearing that everyone's favorite part of Splash House was that you essentially had a room by the stage and the stage was by the pool,” said Palm Springs native and Splash House co-creator Tyler McLean. “All that stuff that make music festivals tough — long lines, the dust, the trek across the field — don't apply here. By putting the music festival at the pool at the hotel you're staying at and providing shuttles to all the venues provides such a different, refreshing experience.”
McLean also secured new partnerships with with Goldenvoice, the same producers of the annual Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, and Life Every Day (LED) that presented star-studded parties outside of Coachella's festival grounds with big name DJs like Tiesto and David Guetta. The Splash lineup has DJ sets by more than 30 acts including Purity Ring, Toro Y Moi, Poolside and Moby.
“One of the reasons I wanted to do it is because it seems like such a uniquely Southern Californian DJ event,” said Moby during a recent interview from his home in Los Angeles. “I lived in New York for most of my life and events like Splash House seem like such a novelty to me. Things like this didn't happen in New York when I was growing up.”
Moby said the last time he was in Palm Springs was in March for the city's Modernism Week, a 10-day celebration of mid-century architecture and culture that he felt was very much a “natural extension of the place.”
“So when Splash House was described to me, it just really sounded like a fun, light-hearted celebratory extension of Palm Springs itself,” Moby said. “It seems sometimes — and maybe this is more theoretical, but it seems this way to me — that culture is an organic extension of a place and sometimes culture is non-organically glommed on to a place. This event seems really culturally in keeping to ethos of Palm Springs.”
Roughly 1,500 people attended each day of Splash House last year in August — the hottest month in the desert — and McLean is confident the event will break a record in its sophomore year.
“The path is cleared for us to grow much faster,” McLean said, adding that he and his partners plan to make Splash House a signature event like Coachella.
With Splash House moved up to June, McLean said there is even the possibility of hosting a second installation of the event in August with a different lineup.
Until that announcement is made, however, McLean encourages pool-loving music fans to stock up on sunscreen.
“Temperatures in Palm Spring in June are, on average, 100 degrees with a fluxuation of about 10 degrees,” he said. “That means it'll be about 110- to 90-degrees out here with clear skies, while other parts of the world are experiencing June Gloom. Where else can you say you're partying under such great weather with Moby by the pool?”
What: More than 30 acts are slated to perform DJ sets poolside over three days at three venues in Palm Springs including Moby, Toro Y Moi, Neon Indian and Poolside.
Where: The Saguaro Hotel, 1800 East Palm Canyon Drive; Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs, 150 South Indian Canyon Drive; Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club, 1555 South Palm Canyon Drive.
When: June 13-15.
Cost: Ticket prices start at $99 with varying hotel packages and cabana rentals.
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