It never rains in Southern California, so sings one of The Strokes’ dads, but downpours wreaked havoc on the second day (10/23) of Beach Goth at The Observatory in Orange County, causing some performances to be canceled or moved. The biggest bummer from this for attendees was probably Grimes, who came out on stage to announce that she wouldn’t be playing as rain damaged some of her equipment, saying “I know that totally fucking sucks.” She then wrote on twitter:
RL Grime, however, did play. Some acts, like Devendra Banhart, Future Islands, The Addicts, and Unknown Mortal Orchestra soldiered on through the rain while The Drums moved stages and times, as did Nicolas Jaar whose set also went from being a live performance to a DJ set. The Growlers, who organized Beach Goth, had to start 40 minutes late due to the weather.
Meanwhile, someone started a petition to demand refunds because Beach Goth ended up moving locations. You may remember rains dampened Treasure Island fest in San Francisco a few weeks ago. A full set of pictures from Beach Goth day 2 HERE and day 1 HERE, and many Instagrams of the madness below….
Second day of beach goth was awesome. I saw @DevendraBanhart in the pouring rain but that didn't even matter. It was perfect!💜
— ɐuıǝɹpuɐ (@SedimentAndyy) October 24, 2016
Beach goth was a mess. One of the outdoor stages was moved inside & I wanted to see bands in the smaller room inside but no one could get in
— mira (@crimsonxcloverr) October 24, 2016
The rain ruined beach goth now I didn't even see the drums 💔💔😐
— 95’ (@jennlith) October 24, 2016
Oh my god UMO and Future Islands ❤️😻😻😻❤️ you guys were fucking amazing, the rain only made the show better too #BeachGoth
— James UnWorthy (@YawnLegend) October 24, 2016
Tony Hawk was at Beach Goth and Grimes was forced to cancel her set. Growlers started 40 minutes late. The Drums moved. Somehow still ok
— hector (@lizrdwizard) October 24, 2016
— Speedway J Graham (@Speedway_J) October 24, 2016