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Desert Daze Sets Return With War on Drugs, Kamasi Washington and Toro y Moi

Desert Daze is returning to Southern California this year (Nov. 12-14) after taking 2020 off due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This year’s festival is being booked and promoted by founder, curator and artist Phil Pirrone of Moon Block Collective and Morgan Margolis of Knitting Factory Entertainment, continuing a partnership that began in 2016.

Desert Daze is returning to Lake Perris, Calif. for a scaled-down version of the festival, known for blurring the line between the tangible and the metaphysical through art installations, live music and a dedicated fan based drawn to the festival’s escapism feel and non-linear relationship with its natural environment. The news comes three months after Knitting Factory Entertainment announced it was taking over booking at Pappy and Harriet’s Pioneertown Palace with Pirrone serving as the talent buyer for the famed music venue located about an hour east of Lake Perris.

“Like you, the lake knows where we belong,” a statement from the festival reads, before explaining new protocols being introduced to mitigate COVID-19. “In order to provide a safer experience, this year’s event will be scaled down to keep us together in spirit while socially distanced.”

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