There’s a unique energy found only in the beach towns that comprise California’s Redondo, Hermosa, and Manhattan beaches, known collectively to surfers and dreamers alike as the South Bay. It’s a lifestyle and vibe embodied in the DNA of the family-friendly, boutique music and arts festival, fittingly titled, BeachLife, held annually in the sandy, coastal confines of Redondo Beach. Readying its fourth edition, BeachLife was co-founded by South Bay native, and lifelong surfer, Allen Sanford, along with partner Rob Lissner and support from Jim Lindberg, lead singer of iconic punk outfit Pennywise.
While the fest has grown in stature, the team has kept the weekend inclusive, going so far as to undersell the three-day event by 20%. This year’s festival will feature Gwen Stefani, the Black Keys, John Fogerty performing Creedance Clearwater Revival songs, Sublime With Rome, Pixies, and many more. With past headliners including Weezer, Smashing Pumpkins, and Willie Nelson, the event could move to much larger fairgrounds, at inflated costs. But, according to Sanford, that’s antithetical to his vision.
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