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Delightfully Strange 'Beach Goth' Festival Has Grimes, Die Antwoord Headlining

Just imagine, you could be checking out Yo-Landi Vi$$er (L) and Ninja of Die Antwoord going crazy on stage at the Beach Goth festival (Photo by Trixie Textor/Getty Images)
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There's a strange and wonderful annual "Beach Goth" festival returning to Orange County this October that has a wide range of strange attractions, including musical acts like Grimes and Die Antwoord, to rap battles and live-action Smurfs.

If you haven't heard of the term "beach goth" before, then you might want to start listening to surf-meets-psychedelic rock band, The Growlers, because that's how they describe their sound. And they just so happen to be the organizers behind the Beach Goth festival that's taking place at the Observatory Grounds in Santa Ana from October 24 to 25.

When we say eclectic, we're talking about a LOT of different genres. Think Julian Casablancas, Juicy J, Eagles of Death Metal, Sir Mix-A-Lot, Del the Funky Homosapien, the Aquabats, Cherry Glazerr, and My Life with the Thrill Kill Kult. They're all different, but we have to say it kind of works.

The two-day festival will be hosted by Tom Green (remember him?). Pauly Shore (again, remember him?) and Riff Raff will be hosting a rap battle, in a weird and delightful touch. There will be Selena impersonators, a live Rocky Horror Picture Show performance and a Smurf Village with live-action Smurfs. Kill Bill's Japanese surf-rock band, the, and Mini Kiss—a KISS tribute band made entirely of little people—will be their house bands. See one of Mini Kiss' performances below:

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Consequence of Sound described last's year's event as: "Beach Goth, like Burgerama, is one of those rare festivals where local labels can showcase their talent to big crowds. Except at Beach Goth, the crowd looks like a traveling carnival of LSD-dropping slackers. It's like a more haunted and under-the-influence version of Burgerama."

Check out their poster for their full lineup below. Tickets go on sale this Friday at 10 a.m. PDT.