NorCal vs. SoCal Fests: A Comparison

Can you tell which photo was taken at a SoCal fest?
Can you tell which photo was taken at a SoCal fest?
Everyone says California should be split into two -- NorCal and SoCal are so different in temperature, vibe and personality that it might as well be different states. Check out just how different in our comparison below.

>See Also: *Our full Coachella Coverage *Outside Lands: Top Five Do's and Don't For Festival Folk

The Music

While NorCal's Reggae on the River has the usual suspects -- a random Marley (Julian this time), Sierra Leone's Refugee Allstars and Anthony B -- and SoCal's Lightning in the Bottle is a showcase of DoLab greats (plus Purity Ring!) all the other festivals happening around California look ... just about the same. See:

Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Timothy Norris

NorCal: Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phoenix, YYYs, Jurassic 5, Kaskade (Outside Lands); STRFKR, Holy Ghost!, Antwon (Treasure Island)
Phoenix
Phoenix
Andrew Youssef

SoCal: 
Peacock onesie!
Peacock onesie!
www.funkandflash.com

NorCal: Clothes that require "inner strength and courage to manifest ... into physical form," and that "are in service to the higher purpose of humanity through fashion and self expression." Such as this Deluxe Bustle for $120 by Talismana. Or this $145 Fantastic Peacock Mystique Onesie by Warrior Within.
NorCal vs. SoCal Fests: A Comparison

SoCal: Pasties.

The Douchebags
NorCal: This guy.
NorCal vs. SoCal Fests: A Comparison
Merenda Carter

SoCal: This guy.
NorCal vs. SoCal Fests: A Comparison
Timothy Norris

 

The Food
NorCal: Lots of tempeh, raw and vegan options. Oh, and the inaugural Huichica Music Festival in Sonoma was a food, music and WINE fest. Beat that, SoCal! (They even hosted the best sandwiches in Oregon -- Bunk!)
Yum.
Yum.
bunksandwiches.com

SoCal: Gourmet food trucks! Asian-Mexican fusion items, lots and lots of ice cream and generous lemonade servings. The Lime Truck served Kimchi Eggs Benedict for $12 last year, serving eggs with fermented cabbage covered in spicy-sour red paste -- and topped the entire piece off with a thick hollandaise and topped with a generous pinch of crunchy crisps. Yum!
Kimchi with eggs? Yes please!
Kimchi with eggs? Yes please!
Neda Salamat


The Drugs
NorCal: Lots and lots of THC in every form possible (e-cigs, edibles, smokes). Mushrooms, exotic hybrids of ADMA -- such as the mythical 2CB -- are also in abundance.
SoCal: Lots and lots of THC in every form possible, ecstasy and blow.

The Crowds
SoCal: Buff dudes in surf shorts, D-listers, girls in bikinis, hipsters in skinny jeans.
NorCal vs. SoCal Fests: A Comparison
Timothy Norris

NorCal: Hula hoopers in hippie clothing, kids shivering in jackets. With painted faces.
NorCal vs. SoCal Fests: A Comparison
Merenda Carter


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