Thursday, May 30, 2024

Massive, inaugural drum’n’bass-meets-dubstep festival Apocalypse to take over Long Beach


While many of the indie EDM acts frown upon Insomniac’s corporate culture and lack of love for the authentic raver scene—overselling and dangerous conditions of the event organization’s cornerstone event, Electric Daisy Carnival, prompted the event to be suspended in the L.A. region, moving it to Vegas, for instance—the one thing they cannot deny is that they have turned Long Beach into an EDM festival haven.

Taking over the Queen Mary Waterfront (where they’ve been no strangers: the Electric Daisy Carnival made steady appearances there during the 1990s and 2000s), they’ve brought househeads together for Day Trip and, for the first time, the tranceheads of Dreamstate will party in Long Beach.

And when it comes to Apocalypse, taking place just a few weeks after Dreamstate, maybe they’ve heard the criticism that they don’t pay attention to the artists to that many are deeply in love within the many niches of EDM actually want to see: When it comes to Apocalypse, bass is the focus—drum’n’bass, dubstep, and experimental bass music—and they’ve brought some pretty stellar talent.

First and foremost, Long Beach’s own Barely Alive will be performing on the event’s first day of its two-day span from Nov. 24 and 25.

Apocalypse Zombieland 2023 Lineup Poster

Perhaps its largest two acts, UK D&B stars Bou and Hedex, are the largest surprise: Rarely making appearances in the States, they join what some consider D&B legends—Andy C, Sub Focus, Alix Perez, Netsky…—and what some consider some of the best of the underground—like Reaper and Kumarion.

For bassheads, this one festival that is quite stacked—and it couldn’t be cooler it’ll be right here in Long Beach.

For tickets to Apocalypse: Zombieland, click here.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.


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