In LA, there was a lot going on in November, but if you were a music lover, you knew what you were doing every day: attending the Red Bull 30 Days in LA. This amazing event featured different acts performing daily at various venues across LA, including the Regent Theater, the Wiltern, and the Fonda Theatre. You might be surprised at some of the performers in the line-up. Red Bull carefully selected a group of up-and-coming acts that are on the edge of becoming huge. This was definitely a chance to see them before their popularity exploded. Tickets for each day often sold out, as usual. One reason for this is the low cost of events – tickets costs are kept as cheap as possible for ever Red Bull music event so money will never keep fans away. That even includes complimentary food such as pizza, BBQ, or tacos! Show up early and you even get some unique extras.
This year’s festival started with Sampha, a singer-songwriter from Britain, as the headliner. He played a number of tracks from his upcoming album at the Palace Theatre. He was joined by R&B artist Serpentwithfeet and Kelsey Lu, a cello player and singer. Such a unique combination isn’t unusual at this festival. Red Bull’s curators try to switch things up not only from night to night, but also from act to act, exposing attendees to a variety of music.
With 30 days and many more performers to choose from, it’s impossible to pick favorites, but there were some stand-out performances. HAIM did an amazing cover of “I Would Die 4 U” by Prince that left few eyes dry. Chief Keef, who was not on the announced performer’s list for the Fake Shore Drive event on Nov. 11, surprised everyone by appearing along with Jeremih, DJ Oreo, and others. Other outstanding performers included Charli XCX, River Tiber, Charlotte Day Wilson, Pusha T, Naked Giants, Sur Ellz, and many more.
If you live in LA, you don’t want to miss this festival. The diversity, the unique venues, and the opportunity to attend some or all of the events makes it stand out among other festivals.