West Hollywood is abuzz with anticipation for this year’s Sunset Strip Music Festival (SSMF), arriving September 20-21 with two days of live music.
The festival is taking over the legendary Sunset Strip with three outdoor stages, a fleet of food trucks, games and more. Famed LA rockers Jane’s Addiction and the electronic duo Empire of the Sun headline a lineup of more than 20 acts spanning a variety music genres, and LA hip-hop favorite Murs is curating a stage for the first time this year.
A two-day pass runs $125, while single-day passes are still for sale on the SSMF website for $75. For those looking to splurge, an Ultimate VIP Treatment ticket costs just under $500 for backstage access, an open bar and Jane’s Addiction tribute ceremony at House of Blues on Friday night.
But before you shell out your summer savings, catch up on the who, whats, wheres, and why of the SSMF 2014:
Performing Saturday, September 20- Jane’s Addiction, Failure, Cold War Kids, Crosses, Minus the Bear, Kaiser Chiefs, The Birds of Satan, Nightmare and the Cat, Beware of Darkness, Say Say.
Performing Sunday, September 21-Empire of the Sun, Destructo, Mayer Hawthorne, Iration, Big Data, Tove Lo, Big Freedia, We Came as Romans, Nostalghia, Fenech-Soler
WHAT: Huge, pulsating crowds flowing in between three outdoor stages and various Sunset Strip venues, including the Roxy Theatre and Whisky A-Go-Go. Attendees can walk the Sunset Strip and experience rock history at some the most famous rock clubs in the U.S.
WHERE / WHERE TO STAY: The festival is located in West Hollywood, on Sunset Boulevard between Doheny Drive and San Vicente Boulevard. If you’re looking to potentially sit down at a hotel bar next to a Grammy Winner, the Sunset Marquis or Chateau Marmont are best bets. The trendy Standard Hollywood and Mondrian Los Angeles are also popular options. Find more hotels in West Hollywood.
WHEN: Gates open at 2pm each day with performances until 11pm on Saturday and 10pm on Sunday. Venues within the festival limits will be hosting additional shows until 2 a.m. Entrance to these shows is free and on a first-come, first-served basis.
WHERE TO EAT / DRINK: Enjoy a $20 martini and lounge out on the rooftop of Skybar at the Mondrian as you relish in the lavish scene. If you’re into the whole music history scene, the Rainbow Bar & Grille is renowned 80s rocker hangout and the House of Blues is another popular stop that might not be around much longer. The Den is a great option for budget drinkers with cheap PBRs, board games, and an outdoor fire pit.
For food, just follow your nose. The festival will be brimming with L.A.’s finest vendors and food trucks. For those looking for a bite away from the epicenter of the festival, State Social House, Pizza & Wine Bar and American favorite Mel’s Diner are just a few blocks away.
WHERE TO PARK: Auto Plex Parking, is the closest parking garage, just before the festival limits, for attendees who don’t want to splurge on VIP parking. There is also limited street parking nearby, but expect competition from thousand of other drivers looking for a spot.
WHY: Because all your friends and coworkers will be jealous of the shaky, out of focus, camera phone video you take of Jane’s Addiction.