Back To The Beach festival beckons in Southern California

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Blink – 182 is one of the headliners at Back to the Beach festival in Huntington Beach.
Tahoe Onstage photos by Shaun Astor

As the winter carries on strong in the Reno-Tahoe area, the sunny ocean shores of Southern California appear more and more inviting. Consider the recent announcement of the Back To The Beach festival, where the waterfront of Huntington Beach is taken over for a weekend by a massive lineup of bands, and it may be time to make plans for a weekend trip to warmer climes.

Returning for its second year, the spring festival, officially called KROQ, Travis Barker & John “Feldy” Feldmann Present Back To The Beach in this era of near-asphyxiating branding, is continuing its run of putting on a weekend-long party headlined by bands that all have one foot firmly planted in ska influence.

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Goldfinger’s John Feldman takes the stage like a hurricane.
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The fest will be held April 27-28 at Huntington Beach State Park.

This year’s lineup includes headlining sets by blink-182, Goldfinger, and The Used, with Reel Big Fish, Streetlight Manifesto, The Aquabats, Save Ferris, The English Beat, Less Than Jake and The Wonder Years rounding out the event. The bands will be playing on a massive stage on the sand beside a carnival midway, beach games, food and craft beer and cocktails. There also will  be a kid friendly zone, which is only fitting as some of the pre-teens in attendance may have been come about after nights of seeing these bands play in their prime.

At last year’s inaugural event, festival producer Travis Barker took the stage and played with several of the bands that he had drummed for in the past. With The Aquabats and Goldfinger appearing this year alongside blink-182, there may be more opportunities for him to appear throughout year’s gathering.

If you’re looking forward to the summer, making the trip to a beachfront festival and party in Southern California may be the way to hasten in the sunshine a little early.

Weekend passes are on sale for the two-day event for $79.99 plus fees, with different VIP levels on option.

Complete lineup and details can be found at

 — Shaun Astor

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Less Than Jake is still horny.
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The English Beat

Dave Wakeling of The English Beat
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Aaron Barrett of Reel Big Fish.
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About Shaun Astor

Shaun Astor cites pop music singers and social deviants as being among his strongest influences. His vices include vegan baking, riding a bicycle unreasonable distances and fixating on places and ideas that make up the subject of the sentence, "But that’s impossible…" He splits his time between Reno and a hammock perched from ghost town building foundations. Check out his work at

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