Joshua Tree Music Festival 2012 will be celebrating their tenth year in the southern California desert May 18th-20th. In the Mojave Desert setting that is often compared to to a Mars landscape, JTMF brings together thousands of people to celebrate music, community, and nature in a “global music dance party”. Even with the fest’s growing popularity, it can still pride itself on it’s small festival vibe. Joshua Tree Festival features an “intimate setting, where the distinction between artist and audience is blurred, and a passionate performance can be truly relished in close proximity to the stage,” according to organizers.
Joshua Tree National Park is south of the Mojave desert and is known for its beautiful night skies, desert terrain, and namesake Joshua Trees. In May, the average high temperature is 93 degrees and the average low is 71 (F). In order to camp there is a separate fee of $15/night, but considering the beautiful national park setting, low ticket prices, and no service charges, it is totally worth it.
Aside from all of the great things JTMF-goers have come to expect, the festival is rolling out a few new treats this year. Attendees will be able to kick back and relax at the Lux Lounge in a “Rancho Relaxo Oasis Spa-esque healing chill zone by day, toe tapping ambient laid back lounge by night.” Art installations, cool down stations, microbrews, wine, and even a goofy decathalon-style “Fest Olympics” will cater to anyone’s preferences.
The music goes until 2 am Friday and Saturday and 10 pm on Sunday, and with two alternating stages you’re guaranteed not to miss a performance. Joshua Tree Music Festival 2012 has booked a musically diverse and worldly line-up so keep you dancing through the desert heat. Don’t worry too much about that though- this isn’t their first rodeo and they happily provide free water and shade over the concert bowl.
2012 Line Up
Fort Knox Five
Sierra Leone’s Refugee All-Stars
Tomorrow is your last chance to get tickets for $100. From Saturday May 5th until the 14th tickets are $120, and after that they will be available at the gate for $130. Day passes and a “Friends of the Festival” package are also available (the FotF package includes a backstage wristband, T-shirt, and food/drinks for only $60- nice!). With such a culturally rich line-up and unique festival setting, its going to be an out of this world weekend.
“The Desert is Freedom, Music is Power, & Community is Crucial”- JTMF