Red Bull Music Festival makes its way to Los Angeles in 2019

This unique festival will incorporate everything including art, music, film, fashion and video games.

Coming to historic locations throughout Los Angeles, the Red Bull Music Festival will be a month long event that features a number of eclectic installations and musical performances.

Attendees will be able to experience several day and weekend events that showcase some of the city’s extraordinary talent. With the festival series touring several major cities including Tokyo, Chicago, Berlin, Johannesburg, Sao Paulo and New York, the brand is excited to extend its reach to California. After experiencing success in Chicago, whose festival concluded Friday night, Red Bull Music Festival’s Creative Director Kristen McElwain believes that the Los Angeles series will be just as impactful and artistic.

“I think the LA festival is going to be unique because we programmed it in different order than the Chicago event,” says Kristen. “This was to make sure we were working with artists that bring a different element to the table — including photography, music and even skateboarding.”

The current lineup for the festival is as follows:

Feb. 7 at the Vibiana: Singer/songwriter San Cha presents a live play and a musical performance of hits from her latest project, Capricho Del Diablo.

Feb. 14 at The Reserve DTLA : Rap duo Rae Sremmurd will perform and will feature special guests that are TBA.

Feb. 16 at The Pink Motel: The skateboard collective Illegal Civilization, will be hosting a day festival which includes film screenings, a community swap meet, a skate bowl and live performances from Tierra Whack, 1TakeJay, Show Me the Body and many more.

Feb. 21: Hip Hop photographer Gunner Stahl will be opening his very first DJ set. Location TBA.

Feb. 22-23 at The Palladium: Swedish pop singer Robyn will performing a two-night show. This will be her first performance since 2010.

Feb. 23-28 : Video gaming company, Rockstar Games, will be showcasing a secret exhibit. More information to be discussed.

Feb. 8 – 25: Red Bull will partner will Center Channel to transform the Ukraine Culture Center into a cinema. The event plans to explore some interesting intersections of music, sound and film.

Each of the different events will have their own separate costs for entry.

For more information on the event, visit https://la.redbullmusicacademy.com

RECAP: HERCULES & LOVE AFFAIR AT REDBULL SOUND SELECT

When one associates RedBull and music, it’s usually with bands that are indie, edgy, and active. The latest edition of the RedBull Sound Select series really flipped the switch. At a packed house in West Hollywood, east side kids poured in to the Troubadour to get weird and dance all night to house, nu-disco, and R&B.

After salutations, the vibe instantly turned sensual and smooth as Rare Times opened the bill. The LA-based outfit has earned buzz for fusing silky, alt-R&B vocals over moody synthesized tracks. They played favorites like “Sirens Calling” and “Watched Over”- the latter being their most convincing and energetic performance. With much anticipation of their upcoming EP, hopefully the young duo’s live set can further evolve.

The series progressed with the spacey synth-pop sounds of Oh Boy Les Mecs, the group consisting of Mec and leading lady, Tracy Marcellino. She took the stage with messy long hair and a Bjork-esque fluffy, ruffled jacket. Main man, Hanford Pittman, appeared burly and ready to slay – like a Southern hardcore rocker. As if from some dark delirium, the pair creepily and confidently banged out hits like “Unrest” on synths atop of LED tables that lit up in various shades, which added greater stimulation to their live show.

Headlining the night was house/disco collective Hercules & Love Affair, their first performance in LA in 3 years. Fronted by dance music champion, Andy Butler. The NYC based project features a fluctuating cast of music vets who are able to hit high notes and revel across stage like schoolchildren. They performed timeless tracks such as “My House” and “Do You Feel The Same,” steering attendees into a dance frenzy. More insanity ensued when the ensemble invited the audience to party with them on stage.

The highlight of the night was pride of the East Side / Rhonda royalty: DJ Goddollars. He seamlessly curated cohesion between the event’s 3 different acts, while still keeping the party going for attendees.

The next edition of RedBull Sound Select is scheduled for November 21st, for only $3 bucks! RSVP to get your name, first come first served, on the list here.