FAQ

Basic Info

WHEN IS THE 6TH ANNUAL DESERT DAZE?

Thursday, October 12 – Sunday, October 15, 2017

Lineup Update (more coming in July)

SPIRITUALIZED, COURTNEY BARNETT + KURT VILE and the Sea Lice, UNKNOWN MORTAL ORCHESTRA, PANDA BEAR, HOPE SANDOVAL + THE WARM INVENTIONS, JOHN CALE, EAGLES OF DEATH METAL, KING GIZZARD & THE LIZARD WIZARD, THURSTON MOORE GROUP, THE MAKE-UP, ARIEL PINK, LIARS, TERRY RILEY + GYAN RILEY, TORTOISE, BORIS, ALLAH-LAS, EMILY HAINES & THE SOFT SKELETON, ATLAS SOUND, LA FEMME, BLACK MOTH SUPER RAINBOW, TWIN PEAKS, KHRUANGBIN, THE BUDOS BAND, LEE FIELDS & THE EXPRESSIONS, JOHN MAUS, AVEY TARE, IAN SVENONIUS, DEAP VALLY, SUNFLOWER BEAN, ALDOUS HARDING, WEYES BLOOD, KAITLYN AURELIA SMITH, DRINKS (Tim Presley + Cate Le Bon), GØGGS  (Ft. Ty Segall, Chris Shaw Of Ex-Cult & Charles Moothart Of CFM/Fuzz), KING WOMAN, MNDSGN, THE BABE RAINBOW, HOLY WAVE, FROTH, L.A. WITCH, MR ELEVATOR, JERRY PAPER, DEATH VALLEY GIRLS, FEVER THE GHOST, JJUUJJUU, DRUGDEALER, CELEBRATION, earthlings?, WINTER, CAMERA, TRIPTIDES, FRANKIE & THE WITCH FINGERS, DAHGA BLOOM, PRETTIEST EYES, STARCRAWLER, SPACE FACE, THE CREATION FACTORY, CRISTOPHER CICHOCKI – CIRCULAR DIMENSIONS + MORE TBA in JULY!

 

Projections all weekend by Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show, The Blindspot Project, The Mustachio Light Show, Bill Gazer + more.

WHERE IS IT?

The Institute of Mentalphysics in Joshua Tree, CA.

The address is 59700 Twentynine Palms Highway, Joshua Tree, CA 92252.

The Institute of Mentalphysics and Joshua Tree Retreat Center are located on a 420-acre sacred site right off of Highway 62 in Joshua Tree, CA. It’s 2.5 hours from Los Angeles and San Diego, 3.5 hours from Las Vegas, and 4 hours or less from Phoenix and most places in Southern and Central California. It’s only an hour and a half flight from San Francisco to the nearby Palm Springs Airport.

The venue is conveniently located near hotels, markets, gas stations, banks, mechanics, and virtually every kind of retail/service you can think of, along with all the charismatic retail & specialty shops Joshua Tree has to offer.

WHAT'S THE WEATHER LIKE OUT THERE?

Average high and low temperatures of 83 degrees and 57 degrees, respectively, are to be expected. It gets chilly at night, so be sure to pack the proper attire to stay warm. Layers are key! It never hurts to pack a beanie or a scarf for that time of year. Don’t forget some decent shoes, especially boots! Nobody likes to get cholla stuck in their shoes or their feet.

ARE THERE INS AND OUTS?

It’s ok to go to/from your campsite and the festival grounds, but there are no ins and outs of the venue as a whole during show hours.

IS IT ALL AGES?

Yes! Festival Passes and 4 Night Camping Passes are available for attendees under 18, as long as they are accompanied by an adult 18 or older. Kids under 10 are free!

All cottages, studios, and pads are for 21+ only; anyone under 21 must be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. There will be no exceptions.

WHAT’S UP WITH THURSDAY??

We’ve added Thursday so Campers, Cottage folks, and Super Duper VIPs can check in a day early, get settled, enjoy a little on site party, and be here first thing when everything officially starts on Friday! The campgrounds, camping village, Mystic Bazaar, bars, food, & cottages will be open. Gates to the festival open at 12:00PM NOON on Friday, October 13. Bands start shortly thereafter.

WHAT CAN I BRING?

It’s a venue with a full bar, so just bring yourself, your ID, your beautiful smile, and money for drinks, food, band/festival merchandise, and goods from our merchants.

–YES small backpack or bag to carry your personal items

–YES factory sealed water bottles

–YES limited amount of beer or liquor for personal consumption at your campsite, or in your cottage or apartment ONLY. No outside alcohol and NO GLASS will be allowed in the festival grounds.

–YES non-alcoholic beverages, food + snacks for your campsite, cottage, or apartment (again, no glass; no cooking allowed)

–YES comfortable shoes (closed toe shoes are encouraged; beware of the cholla plants)

–YES Epi-Pen in case you’re allergic to scorpions or fire ants; they have the same effects on people as bee stings.

–YES hats + bandanas

–YES bug spray

– YES sunscreen

–YES blankets and fabric chairs

–YES enclosed propane stoves with propane canisters under a gallon – campgrounds ONLY

–YES good vibes

–YES non-professional cameras without a detachable lens

–YES coolers in campgrounds

WHAT'S NOT ALLOWED?

–NO outside alcohol in the festival grounds; NO glass containers

–NO fire

–NO liquid fuel

–NO BBQ’s

–NO candles

–NO charcoal grills

–NO amplified sound

–NO professional camera equipment/detachable lenses

–NO laser pointers

–NO dogs/pets

–NO illegal drugs/substances

–NO weapons

–NO drones/remote control aircraft

–NO ATVs or dirt bikes

–NO personal generators

–NO large sound systems in the campgrounds

–NO coolers in festival area

–NO smoking in the campgrounds

–NO “space saving,” as in roping off an area for your friends who arrive later. Please arrive together to claim your campsite or make new friends with your neighbors.

–NO camping in the roads or in the fire lanes

–NO hard folding chairs

WHAT ARE THE RULES FOR MEDICATION?

-Medication MUST be in its original prescription bottle with your name printed on it. Individual medications MUST be bottled separately; one type of pill per bottle.

-Bring an Epi-Pen in case you’re allergic to scorpions or fire ants; they have the same effects on people as bee stings.

WHAT TIME IS MY FAVORITE BAND PLAYING?

Check back the month of the festival for more info. Artists and schedule are subject to change without notice. Artist cancellation is not grounds for a refund.

WHAT ARE THE BOX OFFICE HOURS?

Thursday 2pm – 8pm (CAMPER CHECK IN ONLY)

Thursday 6pm – 10pm (SUPER DUPER VIP only)

Friday 10am-12am

Saturday 10am-10pm

Sunday 10am-10pm

WHAT IS YOUR PHOTO/CAMERA POLICY?

If you are not an accredited member of the press, please do not bring pro video or photo gear to the festival. No flash photography. Please be respectful of those around you. No drones.

Directions

HOW DO I GET THERE?

Driving directions can be found here.

 

WHAT'S THE PARKING SITUATION?

There will be a day-parking GA lot located near the box office for all non-camping attendees. There will be a separate camping parking lot, adjacent to the campgrounds. There will be no additional cost for parking on site.

All VIPs, Super Duper VIPs, and lodging guests will have preferred parking. If you’re staying in a cottage, studio or pad, just show your lodging pass upon entry, and you will be directed to preferred parking.

WILL THERE BE TRAFFIC AROUND THE VENUE?

There may be traffic as you approach the Institute of Mentalphysics. Please take that into account when planning your arrival. If you carpool there will be less traffic!

Leave plenty of extra time to get here in time for camping check-in.

Pick-up and drop-off for Uber and Lyft will be on Yucca Mesa Road.

Festival Features

HOW MANY STAGES ARE THERE?

There will be THREE outdoor stages of live music, TWO indoor stages with immersive art installations, speakers, workshops, and other alternative programming, and ONE camping stage: the Mystic Bazaar, with tea and cacao ceremonies, yoga, tarot, seminars, late night films, and even some music this year!

– Moon Amphitheater: The first of two main stages that alternate back and forth, located near the ridge cottages, farmers market, and one of the bars.

– Block Stage: The second of two main stages, located near Sanctuary Hall, food vendors, the diner, and one of the bars.

– The Wright Tent: Our 3rd stage will live inside a beautiful tent with amazing video screens + projection artists, located near the campground entrance, and the marketplace. Also a short walk from the Moon Amphitheater.

– Sanctuary Hall: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd Wright, the building is octagonal with vaulted ceilings and stained glass. No shoes or beverages are allowed in the Sanctuary! This year there will be a very special art installation set up in The Sanctuary all weekend long.

– NEW FOR 2017! Noble Hall: Designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd Wright, the building is adorned with beautiful triangular lighting fixtures. Noble Hall will host an array of alternative programming with speakers, workshops, Q&A’s, film screenings + more.

WHAT ELSE IS NEW FOR 2017?

There are many additions and improvements this year, including, but not limited to: Mystic Bazaar + camping village moving to the center of the campgrounds to better serve all campers near and far, music at the Mystic Bazaar, more food, more bars throughout venue, NEW AND IMPROVED VIP packages, and the diner will be open and stocked. We’ll have a NEW VIP LOUNGE near the Wright Tent, and the addition of Thursday night for campers, cottage folks, and Super Duper VIP! Stories Books + many more will be announced soon.

WHAT TYPES OF FOOD WILL BE AVAILABLE AT THE FESTIVAL?

Food & market info can be found here.

WHAT OTHER AWESOME FEATURES WILL BE AT DESERT DAZE?

Film screenings & Q+As: Noble Hall will host an array of film screenings, speaking engagements, and more.

Immersive art installations: There will be a plethora of amazing art installations from local and national artists including Prescott McCarthy, Non Plus Ultra, Obelisk Press, Celeste Byers and Aaron Glasson, Cristopher Cichocki, Moon Block, Discordian Designs, + more to be revealed.

Meditation: Different instructors will lead group meditation sessions inside the Mystic Bazaar.

Yoga: Each morning in the campgrounds different instructors will lead yoga for those who need a good stretch after a long day/night of festivaling.

Massage: The Mystic Bazaar in the campgrounds will have a massage therapist open all weekend.

Sound baths: Sound baths will be scheduled throughout the weekend inside the Mystic Bazaar. In between bands you can recalibrate your cellular makeup by being blasted with sonic vibrations.

A full schedule of alternative programming and activities will be released leading up to the festival.

Tickets & Camping Passes

WHEN DO TICKETS GO ON SALE?

Weekend festival passes (GA, VIP, Super Duper VIP), 4-night camping passes, car camping & RV camping add-ons, camping rentals, and payment plans are on sale now. Cottages/lodging packages are on sale now. Single-day passes go on sale August 1. Parking passes will not be sold online this year, as there will be no additional cost for parking on site.

HOW MUCH ARE TICKETS?

3-day GA passes (Fri – Sun) start at $229 + service fees.

Single-day GA passes start at $99 + service fees, and will be available August 1.

3-day VIP passes are $350 + service fees.

4-day SUPER DUPER VIP passes are $450 + service fees.

4-night camping passes are $100 per person + service fees. There will be no bundles or single-day camping passes available in 2017. All ticket types are sold separately.

4-night car camping and RV camping passes are $125 for cars and $199 for RVs, plus service fees. Car camping passes & RV passes are good for one vehicle. Every single person who is camping needs a 4-night camping pass.

Festival lodging package prices (for cottages, studios, and pads) start at $999 + service fees for 3 days and 4 nights, and include automatic upgrade to VIP for all occupants, which will grant you access to all VIP perks. Prices go up based on occupancy and other amenities. They sleep anywhere from 2 – 8 guests. Details on everything that cottages include can be found here.

Please note that cottages, studios, and pads DO NOT come with a weekend festival pass; weekend festival passes must be purchased separately in order to access the cottage and VIP upgrade.

Lineup posters are also available with tickets for an additional $15.

Kids under 10 are free!

There will be no additional cost for parking on site.

CAN I GET A REFUND IF I CAN'T GO?

Refunds are not available under any condition. Any type of ticket/pass is yours after you buy it. Desert Daze will take place rain or shine, and the lineup is subject to change. Our apologies for any inconvenience.

WHAT'S IN THE VIP PACKAGES? AND WHAT’S THIS SUPER DUPER VIP?

There are some major improvements in the VIP program for 2017! Details on what we have in store for you can be found here.

ARE THERE PAYMENT PLANS?

Yes! We have payment plans with the following options:

– 3-day GA pass: TOTAL cost of $259 + fees

– 3-day VIP pass: TOTAL cost of $380 + fees

– 4-day SUPER DUPER VIP pass: TOTAL cost of $480 + fees

Please note: DESERT DAZE is rain or shine. Tickets to the festival are non-refundable. Failure to complete all three (3) full layaway payments results in forfeit of payments already made. Lineup is subject to change.

You will receive an email with instructions on how to process your 2nd and 3rd payments. It is the responsibility of the ticket buyer to make supplemental payments on time. We do not retain your credit card information. You will be prompted to re-enter your credit card number at the time of each payment. Please use the same email address when you make each payment. After you pay your final installment, you will receive a print-at-home ticket with a barcode. This is NOT your ticket to Desert Daze. You will need to bring your print-at-home ticket to the box office to receive your wristband(s) for entry into the event.

ARE THERE ANY RECORD STORES WHERE I CAN BUY TICKETS IN PERSON?

A list of record stores that have Desert Daze tickets available for purchase can be found here. Support your local record stores by purchasing DD tix + some superb vinyl for your listening pleasure!

WHAT'S WITH THE SERVICE FEES?

We understand service fees can be frustrating. All online orders contain a service fee which allows us to best process and service your tickets. The fee includes, but is not limited to, maintaining and processing ticket orders, account maintenance, customer service staffing and labor, wristband production, fulfillment labor, and credit card processing fees.  Physical ticket retailers do not incur these same costs and, as a result, often charge lower fees. You can find a link to our physical ticket retailers here.

I LIVE OUTSIDE THE U.S. AND I'M HAVING TROUBLE PURCHASING TICKETS WITH A NON-UNITED STATES CREDIT CARD. WHAT DO I DO?

There are two things you can do. 1. Add a single zero to the beginning of the zip code, OR 2. enter in five zeroes for the zip code. The first solution should do the trick, particularly if your address is in the UK, Australia or Brazil, but if that doesn’t work, give the second one a try. If neither one works, please shoot us an email at questions@desertdaze.org and we’ll happily get you all sorted.

Camping + Stout Tent rentals

TELL ME ABOUT CAMPING + STOUT TENT RENTALS!

Campgrounds are conveniently located near the camper parking lot, with access to showers and restrooms. Camping is sold per individual. Campsites are first come first served, and will be filled in order of arrival; early arrival is recommended. The camping village with food, bars, coffee, and the Mystic Bazaar will be open starting on Thursday.

  • Everyone who is camping must have a Weekend Festival Pass AND a Camping Pass. Camping Passes and Festival Passes are sold separately.
  • Camping
    Thurs, Fri, Sat, Sun arrivals are OK at the following times:

    Thursday Check-IN… 2pm-8pm
    Friday Check-IN… 9am-midnight
    Saturday Check-IN… 9am-7pm
    Sunday Check-IN… 9am-2pm
    Monday Check-OUT… by 10am

    UPDATE: Camping Village and Mystic Bazaar will be centralized in the campgrounds this year so campers can enjoy with shorter distances to travel!

    UPDATE: We’re supplying upgraded shower facilities this year!

    Stay tuned for more updates. Mystic Bazaar programming will be announced in August (late night film screenings, workshops, talks, yoga, tarot, and more!).

    PLEASE BE MINDFUL

    We are very lucky to host Desert Daze at an extremely special location in Joshua Tree. The landscape of the campgrounds and adjacent properties are filled with prehistoric plants and native animals. Please be mindful of your surroundings and leave no trace. Do not go beyond the campground. That is not our space.

CAN I PARK MY CAR AT MY CAMPSITE?

Split the cost of the Car Camping Add-On between friends! You only need 1 Car Camping Add-On per Car. Everyone else camping in/around the car ONLY needs a CAMPING PASS. Every camper must have a Weekend Festival Pass for entry into the festival, AND Camping Pass for entry into the campgrounds – this applies to both drivers & passengers.

A Car Camping Add-On enables you to park one vehicle at your campsite (Thursday – Sunday). Friday, Sat, and Sun arrival OK. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CAMPING OR FESTIVAL PASS.

There are a limited amount of campsites with room for one car in addition to several tents. Showers & restrooms are located nearby, and some sites have picnic tables. These sites are first come first served and will be loaded in order of arrival.

  • Everyone camping in a car campsite must have a Weekend Festival pass AND a Camping Pass.
  • Every vehicle that enters the campgrounds must have a Car Camping Add-On. Only 1 Car Camping Add-On is required per vehicle. Everyone else camping in/around the car ONLY needs a CAMPING PASS.
  • All other vehicles without a Car Camping Add-On will need to park in the adjacent lot for campers.

Early arrival is recommended as spots are designated on a first come first served basis in order of arrival. If you’re camping in a group that’s split between multiple cars, you will need to caravan and arrive at the same time to camp in the same area.

Limit 6 people per car camping site.

If you arrive after dark, you will have to park in the camping parking lot and walk your gear to your campsite, even if you have purchased a car camping pass; this is a pedestrian safety precaution. No vehicle traffic is permitted in the campgrounds after dark.

CAN I CAMP WITH A BUNCH OF FRIENDS IN MY RV?

We recommend purchasing your RV pass early as space is extremely limited and sold out last year. No RV hookups. No dumping gray water.

Split the cost of the RV Camping Add-On between friends! You only need 1 RV Camping Add-On per RV. Everyone else camping in/around the RV ONLY needs a CAMPING PASS. Every camper must have a Weekend Festival Pass for entry into the festival, AND Camping Pass for entry into the campgrounds – this applies to both drivers & passengers.

An RV Camping Add-On enables you to park one RV at your campsite (Thursday – Sunday). Friday, Sat, and Sun arrival OK. PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS NOT A CAMPING OR FESTIVAL PASS.

RV camping is conveniently located between camping parking and tent/car camping, and there are showers and restroom facilities nearby. No hookups. Space is very limited. We recommend moving quickly if you wish to bring your recreational vehicle.

  • Everyone camping in an RV must have a Camping Pass and a Weekend Festival Pass. Anyone with a Single Day Festival Pass will not be permitted into Camping or RV Camping.
  • Every RV that enters the campgrounds must have an RV Camping Add-On. Only 1 RV Camping Add-On is required per vehicle.
  • No RVs will be allowed to park in the adjacent lot for campers.
  • All RV Add-Ons are for all 4 nights. Friday, Sat, and Sun arrival OK.
  • No dumping gray water.

Limit 10 campers per RV site.

For everyone’s safety, no tent camping is permitted in the RV camping area.

Please visit our camping page for more info.

In addition to on site camping, there are lots of campgrounds located in and around Joshua Tree.

HOW MUCH ARE CAMPING PASSES?

Everyone who is camping must have a Camping Pass and a Weekend Festival Pass.

Camping Passes are $100 per person for 4-night camping + service fees. Fri, Sat, Sun arrival OK! A camping pass covers tent camping. Limit 6 people per tent site.

Car Camping Add-Ons and RV Camping Add-Ons are priced at $125 for cars and $199 for RVs, plus service fees. Car Camping Add-Ons & RV camping Add-Ons are good for one vehicle. Each person staying at that campsite must have a Weekend Festival Pass and a Camping Pass.

Please note that Camping Passes DO NOT come with a Weekend Festival Pass. There will be no bundles or single-day camping passes available in 2017. All ticket types are sold separately. You can easily add on a Camping Pass after you’ve completed your order.

Kids under 10 are free!

WHAT'S THE STORY WITH THE STOUT TENT CAMPING RENTALS?

If you don’t want to bring your own camping supplies, we’ve got you covered! Spacious and fully furnished camping rentals are on sale now. More info on Stout Tent camping rentals can be found here.

WHAT ARE THE CAMPING/RV RULES?

All camping & RV rules can be found here.

Lodging

TELL ME ABOUT ON-SITE LODGING!

Spend the weekend in one of our cottages or apartments located within the main grounds of the festival, all of which come with preferred parking, automatic upgrade to VIP for all occupants, private bathrooms, heat and A/C. Some even have private patios with views of the main stage! More info about on-site lodging can be found here.

 

HOW MUCH IS ON-SITE LODGING?

Pricing for cottages, studios, and pads pricing for starts at $75 per person per night for 3 days 4 nights, and includes automatic upgrade to VIP for all occupants, which will grant you access to all VIP perks on site. Prices go up based on occupancy and other amenities. They sleep anywhere from 2 – 8 guests. Please note that cottages, studios, and pads DO NOT come with a weekend festival pass; weekend festival passes must be purchased separately in order to access the cottage and VIP upgrade. Lodging is only available for weekend festival pass holders and is not sold individually by day.

Thursday Check-IN… 2:00pm-8:00pm

Friday Check-IN… 9am-midnight

Saturday Check-IN… 9am-7pm

Sunday Check-IN… 9am-2pm

Monday Check-OUT… by 10am

Hotels

ARE THERE HOTELS IN THE AREA?

Yes, but hotels are very limited. We recommend booking a hotel as soon as possible.

Click here to visit our HOTELS page to see a list of nearby accommodations.

The closest hotels are located in Joshua Tree, Yucca Valley, and Twentynine Palms. Check out Air BnB and VRBO for availability as well.

WHAT ELSE IS IN THE AREA?

Here are some really rad places that are worth a visit.

Joshua Tree:

Joshua Tree Saloon

Moss & Ginger

Joshua Tree Farmer’s Market

Noah Purifoy Foundation

Country Kitchen

Crossroads Cafe & Tavern

Sun Alley shops

Joshua Tree National Park

Pie for the People

Natural Sisters Cafe

Ricochet Vintage Wears

BKB Ceramics

Joshua Tree Coffee Company

Crochet Museum

Flamingo Heights/Landers:

The Integratron

La Copine

Moon Wind Trading Co.

Landers Brewing Co.

Gubler Orchids

Pioneertown:

Pappy & Harriet’s

Mazamar Pottery

Pioneertown Preserve

Morongo Valley:

Holly’s Place

Cactus Mart

Big Morongo Preserve

Twentynine Palms:

Sky’s the Limit Observatory & Nature Center

Yucca Valley:

The End

Hoof and the Horn

Pioneer Crossing Antiques

Trailer Trash

Funky and Darn Near New

Hoodoo

Get Involved

CAN I VOLUNTEER?

Volunteer at Desert Daze and experience the other side of a music festival! Please visit our volunteer page for more info.

CAN I SIGN UP FOR THE STREET TEAM?

If you are interested in helping us spread the word about Desert Daze by putting up posters and passing out flyers and other promo materials, please visit our street team page for more info.

HOW DO I SIGN UP TO RECEIVE NEWS UPDATES?

Click here to receive email updates on Desert Daze and other upcoming Moon Block events.

HOW CAN MY COMPANY BECOME A SPONSOR?

If you are interested in sponsoring this or any of our upcoming events, email us here.

HOW CAN I APPLY TO BE A VENDOR?

For more info, please visit our vendor page and fill out our 2017 vendor application.

For questions about vending food, please email ben@desertdaze.org. For questions about vending crafts/clothing, please email vend@desertdaze.org.

HOW CAN I APPLY FOR PRESS CREDENTIALS?

Send your credential request and your plan for coverage to stephanie@sweisspr.com