Over the course of three sun-soaked days, nearly 40 of the world’s most relevant DJ’s and electronic acts converge in what has quickly become one the new buzz events of the west coast: Splash House.
Unlike the typical electronic dance music festivals, Splash House curates a more relaxed variety of electronica that feels more custom tailored for poolside summers versus fist-pumping frenzies. The Aug. 8-10 lineup ranges from established performers like Australia’s Cut Copy to masters of the unforgettable remix, Gigamesh.
Other big draws this time around are Anna Lunoe and Flume, who both have generated an international following for their savory, laid-back original compositions and popular reworks. Also on bill are crowd pleasers and Coachella veterans Chromeo and A-Trak. And, in keeping up with proper festival etiquette, Splash House has ushered in a collection of emerging new acts such as Wunder Wunder, Jagwar Ma and Lane 8.
The event will be split between The Saguaro, Hacienda Cantina & Beach Club (pictured at right), and Hard Rock Hotel Palm Springs.
Splash House was introduced a year ago to help fill a void between annual Coachella Music Festivals. Splash House is Coachella with swimming pools instead of polo fields, crowded beer gardens and massive tents packed shoulder-to-sweaty shoulder.
No treacherous half-hour desert treks just to get to the venue and virtually no lines. Just music, good times, and a refreshing swimming pool within striking distance to soak it all in.
What also makes Splash House so unique is that you feel more like you’re at a friend’s exclusive pool party than an organized concert event. This equates to a festive atmosphere where time stands still and the logistics of finding friends in a sea of thousands and all of those other first-world festival hassles evaporate.
And here’s a little secret about Splash House: Everyone is V.I.P.
In a world where “V.I.P.” has been watered down to general admission with a wristband that has more flair, the “very important person” has lost its street cred. But at Splash House, virtually everyone gets equal access and experience.
Whether you’re drenching yourself in the pool, dancing a few feet from the stage, or toasting with friends from the comfort of your chaise lounge, there is literally not a bad seat in the house.