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The Desert Music Fest That's A Cheaper, Cooler Alternative To Coachella

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Couldn't afford Coachella this year? Tickets sell out too quickly? Desert Daze sounds like it might be a fun, shorter and cheaper alternative to get your festival fix.

Desert Daze, a one-day music festival just a touch south of Coachella in Mecca, is shaping up to be pretty cool. Here's what you need to know:

Headliners include Warpaint, Failure, RJD2, Minus the Bear (performing their EP They Make Beer Commercials LikeThis) and Dan Deacon. See the full lineup here.

Desert Daze take place on Saturday, May 2 at Sunset Ranch in Mecca. Tickets begin at $55 plus service fees for general admission, $75 for admission plus camping, and then increase from there for better camping packages. (If you feel fancy, you can get a VIP group cabana for $1600: that includes 12 tickets and three parking spots. So, about $130/person.) If you've attended and camped previously, the festival has moved the camping grounds to a more centralized location closer to parking and the festival. Food and drinks will be available on-site at the festival.

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There's also a pre-party at Pappy & Harriet's the night before.

Moon Block Party, who puts the festival on, has an Instagram full of trippy bands playing against a desert backdrop and 20-somethings in clothes with pot leaves on them. So, yeah, sounds about right.

This video shows the highlights from last year:

If you're looking for other Coachella alternatives (or supplements!) There's also the four-day Lightning in a Bottle fest coming up in May as well, with headliners Flume, SBTRKT and Tycho. Tickets for that fest start at $205, plus fees.

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