The Just Like Heaven Festival 2019 (Tickets) is slated to take place at Queen Mary Events Park in Long Beach, CA May 3 and 4 and true to the event’s name, the lineup is celestial. Stars set to appear include Phoenix, MGMT, STRFKR, Grizzly Bear and Miike Snow. We’re guessing you’ll do your best to catch all of those acts but we also wanted to give you our recommendations for other must-see performers. Here are our top five choices for not-to-miss acts.
The brainchild of Michael Angelakos, Passion Pit has reached a significant milestone this year; the 10th anniversary of the release of the debut full-length Passion Pit album Manners. That means you’ll likely hear favorites from Manners like “Sleepy Head,” “The Reeling” and “Little Secrets” in a set that’ll be full of airy electronic pop music that’s meant to be danced to. Vinyl fans should check out the merch table for limited edition copies of the Manners repressing.
With a band name that implies the imparting of intense pleasure, it’s kind of a no-brainer that The Rapture should be on your must-see list. Fans haven’t had many chances to catch this New York-based dance rock outfit lately; they’ve recently reformed after a five year hiatus. And fans don’t have many chances to see them now, either; with only an Apr. 30 show in Brooklyn, NY at the Music Hall of Williamsburg (Tickets) on tap at this time, it makes sense to get caught up in The Rapture at this festival.
Catch The Faint at Just Like Heaven and you’ll be among the first to see their latest show; the band’s festival appearance will be just the second stop on their summer-long Egowerk Tour to support their recently-released Egowerk album. If you’ve heard the album’s first single “Child Asleep” you know that the music is really percolating and these electro-rockers will no doubt have the crowd moving throughout their show.
It’s been almost a year since Beach House dropped new music with their 7 album and the prolific duo of Victoria Legrand and Alex Scally likely have added a couple of new tunes to their repertoire in the interim. So listen for new music during this show but of course also expect favorites from Bloom, Teen Dream and Depression Cherry from these purveyors of dreamy electro-pop. Sure to be one of the best sets of the day.
Contrary to their name, this band is actually from Melbourne, Australia. A couple years ago the band had a very cool presence in Los Angeles as their “art car” collaboration with artist Erin Garcia was seen tooling around town. Miami Horror hasn’t released any new music for a while, since their 2017 album The Shapes, so there might be some surprises in their set list. Influenced by acts like Prince and New Order, you can rest assured that these Aussies will throw plenty of beats on the barbie.
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