Beach Goth 2016
WORDS BY: ARIELA KOZIN | PHOTOS COURTESY OF TAYLOR RAINBOLT
Beach Goth left me a bit bruised. It had all the lines and the crowds you’d expect from a festival, on top of droves of nearly-naked teens. If I was under eighteen, I would’ve had a good ‘ole time doing the things kids love to do when their parents aren’t around.
Regardless, Beach Goth had one of the best line ups of 2016: Bon Iver, James Blake, Gucci Mane, RuPaul’s Drag Race, and Patti Smith were just a few artists apart of the two-day fest.
TLC’s slot meant my 90s childhood dreams came true. The show began with choreographed dancers in throwback denim-on-denim costumes before T-Boz and Chilli joined in in matching garb. Even though Lisa “Left Eye” Lopez tragically died before most of the festival-goers were born, we all sang along to jams like “What About Your Friends,” “Creep,” and “No Scrubs.” Without their third member and decades later, the energy that emanated from the stage proves that age ain’t nothing but a number.
Still, Gucci Mane made it to the stage to flash that toothy smile. The heavy rain didn’t stop fans from jumping with hands in the air while Gucci, in all black, rapped uncensored rhymes like “Pussy Print” and “Back On The Road.” He didn’t have to do much besides walk up and down the stage to get the young crowd high on his controversial lyrics. Gucci just has that nonchalant swagger to make his performance unforgettable.
I left Gucci with a smile on my face. In true California fashion, the crowd started to flee the rain in fear that they would melt. I thought that I was going to get nearly private-performances from up-and-comer Nicholas Jaar, but then organizers lack of preparation from the rain meant Nicholas had to turn his performance into an in-door DJ set. Soon after I heard Grimes posted on Instagram that she would have to cancel her show because her gear was destroyed by the downpour. I had to call it quits and get home to my heater and wardrobe of dry clothing.
There were definitely a few major obstacles, but the epic music made sure that Beach Goth wasn’t a bad way to spend the weekend.