The sun will soon shine again in Los Angeles, and it’s all thanks to the Just Like Heaven music festival! Despite the city currently being drenched with a rainy season, Pasadena – and Brookside at the Rose Bowl – will once again host the Goldenvoice-sponsored festival featuring some of the biggest alternative, indie, and electronic acts from the early 2000s and today.
Just Like Heaven veterans Yeah Yeah Yeahs will headline the festival once again after last taking the mainstage in 2019 – the inaugural year of the fest – which then took place in Queen Mary Park in Long Beach. Joining Yeah Yeah Yeahs for the second time at Just Like Heaven will be MGMT – this time playing their seminal 2007 debut record Oracular Spectacular in full for the first time ever. The recently reunited and NYC-based band The Walkmen will also be making a special appearance, no doubt a much-needed gift after their resurgence in indie conversations upon the release of last year’s rock documentary Meet Me In The Bathroom.
Synth-pop legends known for their tremendous live shows Future Islands also top the Just The Heaven bill alongside French electronic heroes M83. Hot Chip, Empire of the Sun, Caribou, The Faint, The Sounds, and others round out the lineup for a day that promises to be a nonstop dance party. If festival attendees are looking to rest their dancing shoes for a while, Chris Black and Jason Stewart will be doing a live recording of their acclaimed podcast, How Long Gone.
Like last year, Just Like Heaven 2023 will take place on Saturday, May 13th at Brookside at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, a venue that perfectly suits the dreamy atmosphere of the music and offers plenty of sunshine and shade between sets, drinks and food, merch buying, and dance parties. If previous years are any indication, Just Like Heaven promises to be a true indie, alternative paradise for music fans, and a day of unforgettable live music that you just can’t miss.