California Power Outages Won’t Impact Desert Daze, Festival Organizers Say


Organizers for this weekend’s Desert Daze musical festival in Lake Perris, California, don’t expect issues stemming from possible power outages in the area, Billboard has learned. Lake Perris is located in Riverside County, which is one of eight Southern California counties that could have its power cut off as a safety measure due to powerful Santa Ana winds forecasted through Friday.

Knitting Factory Entertainment president Morgan Margolis tells Billboard the entire festival site is powered by generator and the scheduled power outages from local electric company SoCal Edison should have minimal to no effect on the four-day festival.

Earlier Thursday (Oct. 10), Edison informed Southern California residents that the company would be shutting off power in various counties as part of a statewide effort to prevent wildfires. The precaution comes as Red Flag Warnings (aka Fire Weather Warnings) were issued due to strong Santa Ana winds and low humidity.

While performances do not begin until noon Friday, campers will start arriving at Moreno Beach in Lake Perris Thursday evening. Those early birds will be able to settle in and enjoy an onsite party with a DJ set from John Dwyer.

The festival’s 2019 lineup will include a special Wu-Tang Clan performance where the group will perform its 1993 debut album, Enter Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), in its entirety.

Other scheduled performers include The Flaming Lips, Ween, Animal Collective and Flying Lotus 3D, as well as Devo, who will also use the Southern California festival to kick off their farewell tour.

California Power Outages Won't Impact Desert Daze, Festival Organizers Say