Provided you were standing in the right spot, there was a moment Friday evening when you could hear MGMT’s “Electric Feel” and Louis XIV’s “Finding Out True Love Is Blind” ringing out at the same time over the waterside grounds of the Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach.

The spontaneous mid-2000s mash-up was one indication of the “early-onset nostalgia” — as another veteran of that period, Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste, described it — thick in the air at Just Like Heaven, an all-day music festival designed to satisfy a longing for the era before rock gave way to hip-hop and downloading was replaced by streaming.

Presented by Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles-based company that also puts on Coachella and Stagecoach, Just Like Heaven assembled more than a dozen bands that came up back when music blogs competed to anoint the latest indie-guitar sensation. [LA Times]

Early/mid 2000s indie rock nostalgia fest Just Like Heaven wrapped up on Saturday (5/4) at Long Beach, CA's Queen Mary Park. Initially announced as a single day fest, a second day, Friday, was added after the first quickly sold out, with the same lineup (but a few slightly different set times). Therefore, the same lineup of artists returned for another round on Saturday, including Phoenix, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House, Neon Indian, The Rapture, MGMT, Grizzly Bear, Passion Pit, Washed Out, The Faint, Peter Bjorn and John, Tokyo Police Club, Tennis, Louis XIV, She Wants Revenge, STRFKR, The Faint, Miike Snow, Shiny Toy Guns, and more. Check out pictures from day two of Just Like Heaven in the gallery above, and watch a few video clips below.

Catch up on the rest of our coverage of the festival with pictures from Friday HERE.


photos by Samantha Saturday; additional photos by Andrew Gomez, Joseph Baura, and Natalie Somekh for Just Like Heaven

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