Getting in the swim of things is easy at KAABOO Del Mar, if you're willing to pay extra.
Witness the festival's Bask area. It's a beach club, of sorts, on dry land, replete with sand, chez lounge chairs and an elevated, 30-foot-long swimming pool. It overlooks the Sunset Cliffs stage, the largest outdoor performance area at KAABOO, which is being held through Sunday at the Del Mar Fairgrounds.
"I like the privacy and the exclusiveness," said Dove Kirby, a self-described Mission Hills socialite, as she dangled her feet in the pool Saturday afternoon. She was wearing a red-string bikini and soaking in the sun as she sat next to her friend, Kimberly Tubbs, a U.S. Navy contractor who lives in Bay Park and was also donning a bikini.
"It's better than any of the other festivals I've been to," said Kirby, who has previously attended the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio.
"I like it so much (here), I'll never go back to Coachella! The only thing that's unusual is that there are no big name DJs headlining, which I would have liked to see."
The pool is one of the more conspicuous, albeit expensive, perks for VIP ticket-holders. Tubbs, Kirby and her husband paid $575 each, plus fees and service charges, for their Hang Five VIP two-day passes. They also rented a nearby Del Mar home for the weekend, the better to maximize their festival time and minimize their travel time. (The most expensive VIP option, the three-day Hang Ten pass, costs $2,499 per person. However, attendees with general admission tickets can buy a pass for the pool, for $50 a day.)
"It's more upscale, we've been enjoying the pool and the different (VIP amenities) levels we are able to access," Tubbs said.
"It gives you something to do in your downtime," Kirby said. "Instead of just walking around you have somewhere to go."
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