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Beach Goth Music Festival Highlights

Samantha Romero |
October 28, 2015 | 5:39 a.m. PDT

Staff Reporter

Fire-spitting performances and insane costumes are just a couple of the things that festival goers experienced at the fourth annual Beach Goth Music Festival at the Santa Ana Observatory. Presented by the Observatory and the psychedelic surf rock band, The Growlers, the music festival was a success. Here are the highlights of the two-day music fest.

Day 1:

Most Snap-Worthy Moment:

The 90's ska rock band, The Aqaubats, played an energetic set running back and forth across the stage alongside costumed characters. But what was most breath taking was when one of the members began to play with fire on stage.

Most Chill: Mac DeMarco

There's something mesmerizing about this gap-toothed fella and even more so in his care-free indie rock tunes. Of course, he couldn't finish his set without his signature crowd surfing.

Best Dance Moves: The Drums

Lead singer, Jonny Pierce, knows how to get a crowd moving. It wasn't difficult for fans to join Pierce.

Day 2:

Snap-Inception: Juicy J

Juicy J's set was a welcoming change of tune. Festivalgoers sang along to hits like "Bandz A Make Her Dance." The American rapper even took the opportunity to Snapchat the crowd during his performance.

Upcoming Band to Follow: The Frights 

The end of their West Coast tour earlier in the month didn't keep these young lads from opening for Beach Goth's second day. Despite their early 12:30p.m. set, fans showed onlookers that it's never too early to crowd surf.

...And Allah-Las

The Graveyard venue inside the Observatory was jam-packed with new and returning fans alike for the indie surf rock band, known as Allah Las.

Best Idea: Three Stages 

The best part of the festival was the proximity of the three stages: Beach goth, The Graveyard, and Outerspace. Aside from the occasional budging through crowds, music lovers could catch back-to-back sets of their favorite bands without a hassle.

Strokes Fans Rejoice: Julian Casablancas and The Voidz

If you're a fan of The Strokes then there was no missing out on Julian Casablancas side project with The Voidz. The band rocked the crowd as Casablancas joined the fans in a crowd surf.

Stole the Show: The Growlers

Headlining both nights of the Beach Goth music festival, lead singer, Brooke Nielsens, unique vocals echoed across the masses as they danced along to favorites like "Chinese Fountain," and "Going Gets Tuff."

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