FAQ

When is the 5th annual Desert Daze?

Friday – Sunday, October 14 – 16, 2016

Who's playing?

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 14
Washed Out, The Sonics, Deerhunter, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard, Toro Y Moi, keynote address by Andrew W.K., Beach Fossils, Temples, Suuns, Here We Go Magic, Thao & the Get Down Stay Down, Bombino, Deakin, Gary Wilson, Mild High Club, Dios, Death Valley Girls, Fartbarf, Kiev, Feels, Cellars, Mind Meld, Solar Sons, Sloppy Jane, Cris Cichocki – Circular Dimensions

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 15
Primus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Black Angels (playing Passover), Thee Oh Sees, The Raveonettes, Connan Mockasin, Deafheaven, Cherry Glazerr, The Coathangers, Les Sins, Radio Moscow, Night Beats, Life Coach, Wand, Ryley Walker, Vinyl Williams, Audacity, L.A. Witch, JJUUJJUU, Yonatan Gat, The Mattson 2, Drab Majesty, Thee Commons, Death Hymn Number 9, Glitter Wizard, Bodegas, multimedia dance performance by WIFE

SUNDAY, OCTOBER 16
Television, The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Foxygen, closing ceremonies with Saul Williams, Pond, Jennylee, Metz, Dead Meadow, La Luz, White Fence, Meatbodies, Deap Vally, Morgan Delt, S U R V I V E, LSD & the Search For God, Teebs with live band, Lumerians, Part Time, Sugar Candy Mountain, The Dream Ride, Numb•er, watch Desert Age + Q&A with Brant Bjork and Sean Wheeler, The Knitts, Raid (Random Acts of Irreverent Dance), a special tribute to Alan Vega

Projections all weekend by Mad Alchemy Liquid Light Show, The Blindspot Project

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/services you can think of, along with all the charismatic retail & specialty shops Joshua Tree has to offer.

How do I get there?

Driving directions:

FROM LOS ANGELES:
Take I-10 Fwy East to Riverside County to CA-62 East. Take exit 117 from I-10 East to CA-62 East/Twenty-nine Palms Highway. The Institute of Mentalphysics will be on the left hand side.
FROM SAN FRANCISCO:
Take I-580 East to I-5 South to I-210 East to CA-210 East to I-10 East toward Indio. Take exit 117 from I-10 East to CA-62 East/Twenty-nine Palms Highway. The Institute of Mentalphysics will be on the left hand side.
FROM SAN DIEGO:
Take I-15 North to I-215 North to CA-60 East/Moreno Valley Fwy, and take I-10 Fwy East to Riverside County. Take exit 117 from I-10 East to CA-62 East/Twenty-nine Palms Highway. The Institute of Mentalphysics will be on the left hand side.
FROM ORANGE COUNTY:
Take CA-57 North to CA-60 East to I-10 Fwy East to Riverside County. Take exit 117 from I-10 East to CA-62East/Twenty-nine Palms Highway. The Institute of Mentalphysics will be on the left hand side.
How many stages are there?

There will be three outdoor stages of live music and one indoor stage with speakers, workshops, and other alternative programming.

– Moon Amphitheater: The 1st of two main stages that alternate back and forth, located near the ridge cottages, farmers market, and one of the bars.

– Block Stage: The 2nd of two main stages, located near Sanctuary Hall, food vendors, the diner, and one of the bars.

– Party Tent: Our 3rd stage will live inside a beautiful tent this year, located near the campground entrance, and vendor village. Also a short walk from the Moon Amphitheater.

– Sanctuary Hall: A new addition to Desert Daze, an indoor stage of alternative programming with speakers, workshops, Q&A’s, film screenings + more. The Sanctuary was designed by Frank Lloyd Wright and his son, Lloyd Wright. The building is octagonal with vaulted ceilings and stained glass. No shoes or beverages allowed in the Sanctuary!

We look forward to hosting you all for a magical weekend of music and camping at this beautiful desert location.

When do tickets go on sale?
How much are tickets?

Packages start at $165 for the 3-day festival pass and $75 per person for 3-day camping + service fees.

Single day GA festival passes start at $74 per person + service fees and are available now, with a limited daily quantity of early bird tickets at $60.

3-day Festival + Camping Bundles include a 3-day festival pass and a 3-day camping pass for $195 per person + service fees. Single day Festival + Camping Bundles include a 1-day festival pass and a 1-day camping pass for $99 per person + service fees, with a limited daily quantity of early bird tickets at $85.

Festival lodging (cottages, studios, and pads) will start at $500 for the weekend and go up based on occupancy and other amenities, they sleep 2 – 8. Cottages, Studios, and Pads are 21+, anyone under 21 must be accompanied by an adult.

3-day Car and RV Camping passes are priced at $100 for cars and $135 for RVs. Single day camping passes are $25.

3-day VIP packages start at $265. 3-day VIP bundles (VIP festival entry + camping) start at $340.

Hotels can be booked directly through the festival starting at $229 a night.

Is there a payment plan option?

Yes! Payment plans are now available for two ticket types only:
– 3 Day Festival Pass Payment Plan: TOTAL cost of $195 + fees
– 3 Day Festival + Camping Bundle Payment Plan: TOTAL cost of $240 + 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 on site to receive your wristband(s) for entry into the event.

Are there any record stores I can visit to buy tickets in person?

Stop by any of these local record shops and pick up your Desert Daze tickets and some superb vinyl for your pre-Desert Daze listening pleasure!

-Amoeba Records – 6400 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90028 (323) 245-6400
-Permanent Records – 1816 Sunset Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90026 (213) 413-3030
-Permanent Records – 5116 York Blvd, Los Angeles, CA 90042 (323) 739-6141
-Port of Sound Records – 1500 Adams Ave #102, Costa Mesa, CA 92626 (714) 444-2337
-Rhino Records – 235 Yale Avenue, Claremont, CA 91711 (909) 626-7774
-Third Eye Records – 2701 E 4th St, Long Beach, CA 92627 (714) 415-9814
-M-Theory – 915 West Washington Street, San Diego, CA 92103 (619) 220-0485
-Zoinks Records – 226 South Main Street, Pomona, CA 91766 (909) 865-4758
-Mad Platter – 1223 University Ave #160, Riverside, CA 92507 (951) 328-1600

I live outside the US 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@moonblockparty.org and we’ll happily get you all sorted.

What's in the VIP package?

The VIP package is currently in the works and there will be updates, but for now, VIP will include the following:
– Preferred Parking
– Expedited Entry at Box Office
– VIP bar/viewing areas
– DD swag bag with bandana, bumper sticker, button, and more
– Artist swag pack: vinyl, cassettes, shirts, stickers, buttons, etc. from festival bands
– 10% off Desert Daze festival merch
+ More to be announced!

So, there's camping?

Tent camping: There’s a lot of room to stretch out at our new venue in Joshua Tree. Campgrounds are located near the parking lot, with access to showers and restrooms. These sites are first come first served and will be filled in order of arrival.

3-Day Camping Passes start at $75 per person + service fees and are available here. Single Day Camping Passes start at $25 per person + service fees and are now available here. Single day camping is available for tent camping only.

Early arrival is recommended as spots are designated on a first come first served basis. 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.

Every single person camping needs a camping pass. Please note that camping passes DO NOT come with a festival pass, except in bundles; festival passes must be purchased separately.

Limit 6 people per tent site.

3-Day Camping

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

Single Day Camping

  • Friday Check-IN… In: 9am-7pm
  • Saturday Check-IN… In: 11am-2pm
  • Sunday Check-IN… In: 11am-2pm
  • Check-OUT: 10am the following day
Can I park my car at my campsite?

There are a limited number of CAR CAMPING sites that have room for one car and 1 – 2 tents, spaces vary in size. Showers and restrooms are located nearby. Some car campsites have picnic tables. Car camping is only open to those who have purchased a 3-day festival pass.

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.

A Car Camping Pass is required per car campsite—each person staying at that campsite must have a camping pass, including the driver. Every single person camping needs a camping pass.

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.

Can I camp with a bunch of friends in my RV?

RV camping is conveniently located between the camping parking lot and tent camping, with access to shower and restroom facilities. No RV hookups. We recommend purchasing your RV pass early as space is limited.

An RV Parking Pass is required to park your RV. Each person staying in the RV must have a camping pass, including the driver. RV camping is only open to those who have purchased a 3-day festival pass.

Limit 10 campers per RV site.

No tent camping in 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.

No dumping gray water.

How much are camping passes?

3-day Tent Camping starts at $75 + service fees per person for 3 nights.

Single day camping starts at $25 + service fees per person per night. Tent camping is the only option for single day camping. Everyone who is camping needs a Camping Pass and a Festival Pass.

3-day Car Camping Passes are $100 + service fees per car. Everyone camping in Car Camping needs a Camping Pass and a Festival Pass.

RV Parking is $135 + service fees per RV. Everyone camping in RV Camping needs a Camping Pass and a 3-Day Festival Pass.

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! This could be you at #DesertDaze2016. Spacious and fully furnished camping rentals are on sale now.

We’re offering deluxe tent rentals through Stout Tent. There’s no need to bring a tent or a sleeping bag! Everything will be set up upon your arrival. Package includes:

Sleeps 2 – 8 and hold much more for hangouts, rituals, seances etc
16.5 foot Canvas Stout Bell Tent
Gold Package: $800 for 3 night stay w/ Queen (real!) mattress and box spring, or 2 twin beds
Silver Package: $600 for 3 night stay w/ Queen air mattress instead of traditional mattress and boxspring (or 2 twin air beds).
Mexican blankets in assorted colors
Down comforter & duvet cover, white sheet set & pillow cases
Small vintage mirror
2 pallet crates
2 LED Coleman lanterns (plus batteries)
Soft printed rug (geo design)
2 wood-frame, black canvas director’s chairs
Available add-ons: additional beds, decor, A/C units. Email questions@moonblockparty.org about add-ons.

Speaking of camping, 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.

What are the camping rules?

-All camping attendees MUST be 18 years of age or older & have a valid I.D. or be accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Sorry NO exceptions.
-Each camping attendee must have their OWN festival pass for entrance. Please note that camping passes DO NOT come with a festival pass; festival passes must be purchased separately.
-All onsite camping opens: Friday at 9:00am and closes on Monday at 10:00am.
-Early arrival and carpooling is highly recommended.
-Check in times for 3-Day Camping:

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

-Check in times for Single Day Camping:

  • Friday Check-IN… In: 9am-7pm
  • Saturday Check-IN… In: 11am-2pm
  • Sunday Check-IN… In: 11am-2pm
  • Check-OUT: 10am the following day

-NO CAMPING VEHICLE EXIT or ENTRY FROM 12am SAT – 9am SAT, 7pm SAT-9am SUN, and 2pm SUN-6am MON.
-NO VEHICLE INS/OUTS. Lockdown hours subject to change based on safety concerns and traffic conditions.
-All general car & tent campers can visit each others camp sites.
-There will be on-site security at all times as well as first aid stations open 24/7. Do not leave valuables in your tent.
-Please be advised all car/tent only camping lots will be on lock down between the hours of 10pm and 6am nightly.
-Venue/Promoter are not responsible for any materials misplaced, lost or stolen. It is recommended you don’t bring valuable items or if you do, please lock them in your car for safety.
-All camping attendees are subject to search upon entry.

-MEDS MUST BE IN ORIGINAL PRESCRIPTION BOTTLE WITH YOUR NAME PRINTED ON IT. PILLS MUST BE BOTTLED SEPARATELY FOR INDIVIDUAL MEDICATIONS.
-Surrendered items are considered forfeited upon entry. There is NO return of any item.
-Feel free to bring your own food and beverages into onsite camping.
-NO GLASS containers, weapons, knives (including steak/cooking knives), drug paraphernalia, or drugs allowed
-No animals will be allowed in the campground.
-No open flames, tiki torches / fireworks / any types of explosives / ammunition.
-No tanks of compressed air, helium, nitrous (Propane canisters OK under a gallon)

-No liquid fuels

-No BBQ’s
-No party balloons
-No slip n slides
-NO METAL TENT STAKES
-No drones/remote control aircraft, toys & cars, or hoverboards.

-No ATVs or dirt bikes

– No personal generators

– No large sound systems in the campgrounds

-Bring an epipen in case you’re allergic to scorpions or fire ants; they have the same effects on people as bee stings.
-Campers are expected to behave in a manner that is courteous to other campers. Noise curfew is at 2:00am.

RVs:
-No Dumping
-No Fires
-Make sure to have all safety systems in your RV checked and in working order.

How can I get lower ticket fees?

In addition to being sold online, tickets will be available at a number of local record stores. Please see above for a list of participating shops.

What if I want to add on a camping pass after I've completed my order?

All good! Festival and camping passes are sold separately. There are also Ticket Bundles available that include both.

Single day camping passes are available now as well!

Tell me more 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, private bathrooms, heat and A/C. Some even have private patios with views of the main stage!

These accommodations start at $500 for the weekend and sleep anywhere between 2 and 8 people. Please note that cottages, studios, and pads DO NOT come with a festival pass; festival passes must be purchased separately.

Lodging is very limited. Only 34 units available TOTAL.

All Lodging comes with Preferred Parking. Upon entry, show your Lodging Pass, and you will be directed to Preferred Parking.

Lodging is only available for 3-day festival pass holders and is not sold individually by day. All lodging is sold as a complete unit and can not be broken up into individual beds. All lodging is 21+ unless accompanied by a parent or legal guardian.

All lodging is NON-SMOKING. You will be charged a $250 smoking fee if there is evidence of smoking in your studio, cottage, or pad. All lodging reservations will require a damage/lost key deposit in addition to the price of the accommodation.

There will be no servicing of rooms during the festival.

Cooking is not permitted in units that have kitchens. Use of refrigerator, coffeemaker, and stovetop to boil water is ok.

There are also many hotels and motels in the area, but reserve your spots ASAP as they are in limited supply.

How much is on-site lodging?

Cottages, studios, and pads start at $500 for the weekend and 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 festival pass; festival passes must be purchased separately.

What's the deal with showers now that Desert Daze is a 3-day festival?

There are showers on site in the camping parking lot by the campgrounds.

Are there hotels in the area?

Yes! But hotels are very limited. We recommend booking a hotel as soon as possible.

We are now offering hotel packages! You can reserve a hotel room directly through the festival HERE. These are a great option, especially since all on-site lodging (cottages, studios, and pads) are all sold out.

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

There are also a very limited number of cottages and apartments available in the main festival grounds. Check those out here.

What else is in the area?

Joshua Tree National Park, The Integratron, Pappy & Harriet’s, The End, Natural Sisters Café, Hoof and the Horn, Ricochet Vintage Wears, BKB Ceramics, Trailer Trash and Trailer Court shops, Funky and Darn Near New, Joshua Tree Coffee Company, Hoodoo, and Pioneer Crossing Antiques are all really rad places that are worth a visit.

Can I get a refund if I can't go?

Refunds will not be available under any condition. Your ticket 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 not allowed?

–NO Outside alcohol in the festival grounds

–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 Refunds

–NO Coolers in festival area

–NO Smoking in the campgrounds

–NO “Space saving,” as in roping off 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 Glass Containers

–NO Hard Folding Chairs

What can I bring?

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

–YES Small backpack or bag to carry your personal items

–YES Factory sealed water bottles

–YES Beer for personal consumption at your campsite, or in your cottage or apartment ONLY. No outside alcohol will be allowed in the festival grounds.

–YES Non-alcoholic beverages for your campsite, cottage, or apartment

–YES Food and snacks for your campsite, cottage, apartment or studio (no cooking allowed)

–YES Comfortable shoes (closed toe shoes are encouraged)

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

–YES Bandanas

–YES Hats

–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 Cameras

–YES Coolers in campgrounds

Is it all ages?

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

Are there ins and outs?

No ins and outs.

What's the deal with alcohol?

NO outside alcohol is allowed on the festival grounds at any time.

There will be beer gardens in the festival grounds with views of the two main stages.

You may bring your own beverages to your campsite, but you may not enter the festival with them.

If you are staying in an on-site cottage or apartment, you may bring outside alcohol into your room. However, you may not enter the festival grounds with outside alcohol. (Once you leave your cottage, you’ve entered the festival grounds, so please keep your personal beverages inside your cottage. Thank you!)

What's the parking situation?

There will be a GA lot located near the box office for all non-camping attendees. There will be a separate camping parking lot, adjacent to the campgrounds. Check back soon for more specific parking information. Please carpool.

Every car entering Desert Daze must purchase a Parking Pass EXCEPT FOR lodging guests (patrons that have purchased a cottage/studio/pad), patrons that have purchased a Car Camping pass, and patrons that have purchased an RV Camping Pass.

All Lodging guests will have preferred parking. There is no Preferred Parking option on the Parking Passes page; if you’re staying in a cottage, studio or pad, you just need to 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. And if you carpool there will be less traffic!

Keep in mind that there are many large events taking place in the desert that weekend, and leave plenty of extra time to get to Joshua Tree in time for Camping check-in.

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

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.

Can I volunteer?

Volunteer at Desert Daze and experience the other side of a music festival. Please email us at volunteer@desertdaze.org for more information.

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 email us at streetteam@desertdaze.org to earn your ticket.

How do I sign up to receive news updates?

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

What are the box office hours?

Friday 10am-12am

Saturday 10am-10pm

Sunday 10am-8pm

What types of food will be available at the festival?

Diner: In addition to food trucks and vendors, there will be an actual diner at this year’s Desert Daze. Menus will be posted closer to the festival date and will include vegetarian, vegan, and omnivore friendly items.

Food Trucks: We’ll be working with the Lobos Truck again to curate this year’s food trucks, which will be located in both the main festival grounds and campgrounds. Email ben@moonblockparty.org to apply to be a food vendor at the festival.

Juice Bars: There will be multiple juice bars located throughout the festival and campgrounds.

Bars: Beer gardens & bars will be located near both main stages.

Water Stations: There will be refillable water stations throughout the festival and campgrounds. Please feel free to bring a canteen from home, but don’t worry, if you forget one we’ve got you covered. Official Desert Daze canteens will be available for purchase.

Farmers Market: There will be a farmers market located near the Moon Amphitheater where everyone can get fresh fruits and vegetables, juices, and other local artisan treats throughout the weekend.

General Store: Forgot chapstick? Need some wet wipes? We got you covered. A general store will be located in the campgrounds throughout the weekend.

What other awesome features will be at the new venue?

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

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: There is a massage building located in the campgrounds that will be open all weekend.

Sound Baths: Sound Baths will be scheduled throughout the weekend inside the Sanctuary. 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.

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 into the festival. No Flash Photography. Please be respectful of those around you. No Drones.

How can I apply to be a food vendor at the event?

If you’re interested in being a food vendor, please email ben@moonblockparty.org.

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 for press credentials?

Send your credential request and your plan for coverage to nick@liberalarts.co.

How can I become a vendor?

Fill out our vendor application here.