Desert Daze announces 2021 lineup with the War on Drugs, Kamasi Washington, Japanese Breakfast, and more

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SoCal psych fest Desert Daze returns to Lake Perris November 12-14. Photo courtesy of Desert Daze.

Strap in friends, because Southern California’s favorite psychedelic desert extravaganza is back in 2021 with a far-out lineup. Desert Daze returns  November 12-14, featuring headliners Kamasi Washington, Toro y Moi, Japanese Breakfast, and The War on Drugs, who will be performing their only 2021 show. 

The festival will go down at Lake Perris, the event’s home for the last few years. In order to provide a safer experience, organizers are scaling down this year’s gathering to allow for social distancing throughout the weekend of camping, intimate outdoor performances, and signature art installations.

Despite the smaller size, the lineup is still rife with the weird and wonderful psych rock and experimental bookings on which Desert Daze has built its name. Look forward to sets from Devendra Banhart, Andy Shauf, Tim Heidecker & Weyes Blood, Crumb, Yves Tumor, Ty Segall, The Black Angels, DIIV, Kikagaku Moyo, The Budos Band, Moon Duo, Sudan Archives, Deap Vally, La Luz, Sasami, Crack Cloud, SPELLLING, Pachyman, JJUUJJUU, and Geese, with stage projections from Mad Alchemy. 

“It’s been a long year-plus away from the Desert Daze community and we are really excited about seeing the people that make this event so special, and seeing this beautiful, multi-faceted lineup at the lake,” Desert Daze founder, curator, and JJUUJJUU frontman Phil Pirrone said in a statement.

Tickets, parking and camping passes go on sale Friday, July 23 at 10 a.m. PST and start at $75 for single day tickets, and $225 for three-day passes (payment plans available). Due to limited capacity, fans are encouraged to purchase passes early as the weekend is expected to sell out quickly.

For ticketing and additional information on Desert Daze 2021, visit https://desertdaze.org, and check out the full lineup below. 

DESERT DAZE 2021

Friday, November 12 

The War on Drugs
Tim Heidecker & Weyes Blood
Ty Segall
DIIV
Moon Duo
Deap Vally
La Luz
Crack Cloud

Saturday, November 13 

Kamasi Washington
Devendra Banhart
Andy Shauf
The Budos Band
Sudan Archives
Pachyman
JJUUJJUU
Geese

Sunday, November 14 

Toro Y Moi
Japanese Breakfast
Yves Tumor
Crumb
The Black Angels
Kikagaku Moyo
Sasami
Spellling


Andrea Domanick is KCRW’s Digital Producer, Music and Culture. Follow her on Twitter.