The Palm Tree Crew is bringing its first tropical-themed Palm Tree Festival to Doheny State Beach in Dana Point on Saturday, May 13.
The single-day fest, which will also take place in Hamptons, New York in June, was created by Norwegian DJ Kygo and his manager Myles Shear. The name of the festival comes from the pair gifting each other and their closest friends necklaces with palm trees on them as a symbol of community.
Here’s what you need to know about the Palm Tree Festival.
Music and Set Times
Various versions of the festival have taken place in Bali, Australia and Croatia over the years, but it’s Southern California debut boasts some big-name talent with Kygo leading the festivities along with sets by co-headliner Ellie Goulding, who just appeared at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in Indio last month as a surprise guest during Calvin Harris’ closing-set, Tove Lo, The Midnight, The Knocks, Two Feet and Forester.
Doors open at 12:30 p.m. and things kick off with Los Angeles-based electronic duo Forester performing from 1-1:30 p.m.
Indie singer-songwriter Two Feet will hit the stage from 1:50 p.m.-2:25 p.m.; New York-based electronic duo The Knocks perform from 2:40 p.m.-3:25 p.m.; synth wave band The Midnight take over from 3:55 p.m.-4:40 p.m.; Swedish singer-songwriter Tove Lo performs from 5:10 p.m.-6 p.m.; English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding plays from 6:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.; and Kygo wraps things up from 8:15 p.m.-10 p.m.
Passes to the festival are still available at palmtreemusicfestival.com. The all-ages general admission passes start at $169; VIP all-ages passes start at $449; and the exclusive Palm Club Tables for those 21-and-older only start at $5,000. Children ages 5 and under that are accompanied by an adult are free.
In the general admission area there will be food choices from regional and local vendors that include vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options. There will be a variety of bars, merch booths, free water stations, lockers and charging stations for rent and sponsor activity and giveaway areas.
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VIP admission includes a dedicated, faster festival entrance, a complimentary round-trip shuttle pass to and from the festival, access to the VIP lounge and Palm Tree Club which includes premium viewing of the mane stage and access to VIP viewing areas; shaded cabanas, hammocks and lounge seating on the beach side of the venue; air-conditioned restrooms; in-lounge wait staff for beverage service; private bars with beer, wine and cocktails; VIP photo ops, lockers and charging stations; a complementary canned cocktail happy hour during sunset in the Palm Tree Beach Club and complementary small bites; and various culinary offerings available for purchase.
Palm Club Table tickets range from $5,000-$30,000 to accommodate 6-10 guests and includes premium bottle service packages, dedicated wait staff, access to the Palm Club and VIP Lounge with the best views of the stage, a private table area for guests and exclusive entry and restrooms.
What To Bring
There is a strict clear bag policy for this festival. There are a few exceptions that will be made for parents with babies and toddlers and those with documented medical needs. Guests are allowed to bring in non-glass, empty refillable water bottles to fill up at the various water stations.
Stadium chairs, the frameless, folding stadium cushion kind type are OK, as well as standard-sized beach towels (60″ x 30″). There is a dedicated area where fans can put down towels. It’s limited in size and available on a first come, first served basis. Items like non-aerosol sunblock, prescription medication, lip balm and standard non-professional cameras are also OK.
The festival doesn’t allow large blankets, umbrellas, sand wagons, outside food or drinks, coolers, any sort of glass bottles or beach chairs. For a full list of items, go to palmtreemusicfestival.com.