Desert Hearts Festival, one of North America’s most celebrated boutique electronic music events, has released the star studded lineup for its 2023 edition taking place at The Torch at the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on May 6-7.
The experience will transform the grounds of The Coliseum into a full-scale Desert Hearts Festival takeover, featuring the signature Desert Heart stage, top of the line sound and lighting, art-cars projection mapping, live painters, and world-class musical talent. This special urban event follows the lead of DH’s ten year tenure of taking over unique venues around LA with its City Hearts series.
Over many years of fandom turned professionalism, the DH crew has always hoped of hosting their ultimate idols at their flagship festival. Now those dreams have been realized with the 2023 lineup being topped by the likes of UK multi-genre pioneer Skream, 17 Steps icons Dusky, and Turbo label head TIGA.
Billing continues with a mix of some of the scene’s most buzzed about names. Lo-fi originator DJ Seinfeld makes his DH debut alongside dancefloor favorite Justin Martin, progressive house sensation Miss Monique, Hot creations founder Lee Foss, elrow resident Tini Gessler, 90s rave revival production duo Prospa, and Club Bad’s percussive house frontrunner Melé. Additional highlights include Polish house duo Catz ’N Dogz, emerging tech house producer Eddy M, and next generation house risers VNSSA and Mary Droppinz.
DH 2023 sees its curation dip further into more esoteric and left of center stylings led by 803 Crystal Grooves imprint founder CINTHIE and the ever-playful Aussie export Partiboi69.
Desert Hearts has also enlisted several revered torchbearers from the storied house and techno hotspots of Chicago and Detroit for this year’s edition. Chicago will be well represented by stalwarts like Gene Farris along with a not to be missed Derrick Carter and Mark Farina back to back set. Detroit will also take center stage seeing two of the city’s house music champions DJ Minx and DJ Holographic commanding the decks.
A combination of the scene’s up and comers in addition to familiar Desert Hearts faces will shine bright, including the likes of celebrated DJ and producer duo Soul Clap, the raw and electric productions of Shaded for a live set, standout producer and audiophile Lubelski, the dark and dreamy melodies of Enamour, and rising talents like Tara Brooks, Evan Casey, Atish, Color Love live, Dave Zilla, D!NK, and Justin Campbell among others.
Rounding out the bill are a slew of pairings teaming up for special back to back sets including Eskuche and Rinzen, Rybo and Wyatt Marshall, Cascandy and Beth Lydi, and Morpéi and Ofier live. There will also be a Desert Hearts Crew Opening b2b and Desert Hearts Crew Closing b2b to properly kickoff and conclude DHF 2023.
Of course, performances from the Desert Hearts crew remain the building blocks of the event’s finely curated schedule. From the chugging four on the floor tones of Desert Hearts Records label head Mikey Lion and out-there sonic journeys of Lee Reynolds, to the deep and melodic techno soundscapes of Desert Hearts Black’s Marbs and the scrappy musical encyclopedia of Porky, these are the sets that keep the community coming back.
This year, Desert Hearts Festival will pivot back to its celebrated One Stage, One Vibe format, a tradition fostered since the inception of the event which brings the community together on a single dancefloor. As a part of the iconic LA Coliseum’s centennial anniversary celebration, the 2023 edition will provide attendees with a brand new take on the immersive Desert Hearts Festival experience. Minutes away from Downtown Los Angeles’ thriving late-night scene, there will also be a number of afterparties to be announced leading up to the event.
While the Desert Hearts experience continues to evolve and grow, the core ethos of inclusivity, creative freedom, and acceptance remains front and center. It remains this renegade spirit that makes it one of the wildest and most authentic community-driven festival experiences out there.
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