Back To The Beach Festival @ Huntington Beach in Huntington Beach, California
Review & photography by Alan Cruz
The 2nd annual Back to the Beach festival made a splash in Huntington Beach, California. The music festival, curated by Travis Barker and John Feldman, offered a weekend of family-friendly fun.
Saturday, the line up was full of Ska acts such as Save Ferris, The Aquabats, and Goldfinger. Goldfinger recruited a couple of friends to join them including Dave Wakeling, Nick Hexum and Rome Ramirez. Their set included covers of songs by The Beat, 311, Nena and Sublime. To the delight of fans of the video game, Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater, Goldfinger busted out the song “Superman,” which was one of my personal favorites.
Closing out Saturday night, blink-182 celebrated the 20th anniversary of the album, Enema of the State. Their performance consisted of playing the album in full which included “Aliens Exist” and “Anthem.” Both songs that were played for the first time in over nineteen years. This was also the first time they were played with Matt Skiba. To finish off, they played a few favorites to send the fans home happy.
Sunday’s line up consisted more of your run-of-the-mill emo artists such as The Wonder Years, Anthony Green, Story of the Year, and The Used. During The Used’s performance, they honored Chester Bennington of Linkin Park. The Used covered “Shadow of the Day” to pay their respects to an old friend. Now, this isn’t an uncommon action, but what made it special was the fact that it began to rain at the start of the song and as the song ended the rain subsided.
Aside from the music, activities included a mechanical shark ride, a kid zone, and a giant beer pong. Plenty of photo opportunities were scattered amongst the festival grounds. A sand sculpture artist made an awesome blink-182 piece at the entrance of the festival. There were 4 surfboards that donned the Back to the Beach logo in the middle of the festival grounds. Also, a fence that if you faced it one way you saw the Back to the Beach logo and if you faced it from the other way you saw the blink-182 logo.
All-in-all the festival was a good weekend getaway. Fun activities, great performances, and just an overall good vibe all around. Here’s to hoping that they decide to bring it back next year.