CRSSD Festival, the twice-yearly electronic music festival held at San Diego’s Waterfront Park, will celebrate its 10th anniversary edition on Sept. 28 and 29 with a lineup that includes Portugal. The Man, Hot Chip and Kaytranada and Richie Hawtin.
Other confirmed performers for the 21-and-up event include FISHER, Yaeji, Amelie Lens, Objekt, Artbat, Ross From Friends and Tiger & Woods. More than three dozen acts will perform at the two-day festival, which typically draws a sold-out audience of 15,000 per day to hear an array of techno, deep-house, synth-pop, neo-disco and other dance-friendly performers with a mostly underground appeal.
The full initial lineup appears below, along with information on tickets, which go on sale in June.
The creation of San Diego’s FNGRS CRSSD, the initial 2015 edition of the festival was co-produced with AEG/Goldenvoice, the Los Angeles company best known for producing the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival in Indio.
The two companies re-teamed for the second CRSSD Festival in late 2015. Since then, the electronic music marathon has been exclusively produced by FNGRS CRSSD.
With the exception of the second edition of CRSSD Festival in 2015, which was headlined by Flaming Lips and TV On The Radio, the event has eschewed rock bands in favor of electronic music DJs and producers.
Intriguingly, the only time attendance notably sagged at the festival was when Flaming Lips and TV On The Radio headlined. The lower turnout strongly suggested CRSSD Festival attendees favor high-tech electronic music acts over rock-oriented bands, even such proudly left-of-center bands as Flaming Lips and TV On The Radio.
This makes it all the more intriguing that the upcoming 2019 fall edition of the festival is headlined by Portugal. The Man.
The veteran rock band, which hails from the same Alaskan town as Sarah Palin, created some controversy during its performance at the 2017 American Music Awards. That controversy was not fueled by the band’s snappy song,"Feel It Now,” which subsequently earned a Grammy Award in the Best Pop Duo/Group Performance category.
Rather, the controversy stemmed from the backdrop Portugal. The Man featured on stage during the band’s performance of “Feel It Still” at the American Music Awards. It read: No computers up here, just live instruments.
Presumably, that backdrop will not be featured at CRSSD Festival, where a majority of the performers rely heavily on computers and live instruments are usually the exception not the rule.
Tickets for the fall 2019 edition of CRSSD Festival will go on sale June 11 at 11 a.m. on the festival’s website, crssdfest.com/. Ticket prices have not yet been released. Prices for the spring 2019 CRSSD Festival ranged from $135-$155 each.
Here is the initial performance lineup. The daily schedule will be released closer to the festival weekend.
Ocean View Stage
Portugal. The Man
Polo & Pan
Ross From Friends
S U R V I V E
The Palms Stage
Shiba San B2B Walker & Royce
Eli & Fur
Tiger & Woods
Derrick Carter B2B Mark Farina
Lauren Lo Sung
City Steps Stage
Maze & Masters