Arroyo Seco Weekend Year Two A Huge Success

It was a big two days of sun in the fun at the second annual Arroyo Seco Weekend held in Pasadena over the weekend, June 23-24, 2018.

The festival brought a wide range of acts from rock legends to up-and-coming bands. Day one was headlined by Neil Young + Promise of The Real who played for more than two hours much to the delight of the crowd on The Oaks stage.

Young kept telling the crowd that they had no official set-list, which meant they would all huddle together every few songs to decide on what to play next from a huge printed song list on stage.

“You made my day! What a great crowd,” Young wrote on his website. “Funny how an unplanned set breathes like real rock and roll. WE just play what we feel like playing, for as long as we feel like playing it, and it works for us!

Arroyo Seco Weekend Rocks Out in Pasadena
Neil Young + Promise Of The Real. Photo courtesy Arroyo Seco Weekend

Earlier in day, the main stage showcased Jack White, Pretenders, Kamasi Washington, Seu Jorge and Dwight Twilley.

On the second biggest stage called the Sycamore, the line-up included The Specials, Bell and Sebastian, The Milk Carton Kids, Shakey Graves, North Mississippi Allstars and Maxim Ludwig.

At the undercover tent Willow stage, the artists included Gomez, Margo Price, Hurray for the Riff Raff, Jeff Goldblum and the Mildred Snitzer Orchestra, Pharoah Sanders and Typhoon.

Entering the second year, festival organizers changed up the layout of the stages and improved crowd control to make for a much more pleasant experience.

While attendees were encouraged to bring their own chairs, they were only allowed to set them up in certain areas further back from the two main stages, which was great for those festivalgoers wanting to sing and dance closer to the stage.

There was no shortage of food and drink vendors throughout the festival grounds – lines were always moving quick and everyone was more than happy when you got to the front of the line.

One popular hangout was the Glenfiddich Experimental Dome, home to unique offerings from the range of Glenfiddich Scotch Whisky.

Voux Travel was invited to sample a few cocktails. We’re happy to report both the Scottish Lemonade (Glenfiddich 12 Year Old Single Malt, Honey Syrup, Fresh Lemon, Soda) and Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Fashioned (Glenfiddich 14 Year Old Bourbon Barrel Reserve, Demerara Syrup, Angostura Bitters, Grapefruit Peel) were delicious in the air-conditioned dome experience.

Gates opened at noon on both days.

On Sunday, Kings of Leon was the headliner on The Oaks stage. The main stage line-up started with Trampled By Turtles, Violent Femmes, Alanis Morissette, Gary Clark Jr., Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters.

The Sycamore line-up was filled with just as much talent, including Third Eye Blind, Capital Cities, Los Lobos, The Bangles, The Revolution and Allen Stone.

The Willow tent was also a popular hangover from the beaming sun. It featured the likes of Aaron Neville, Irma Thomas, Dorothy, Fantastic Negrito, Margaret Glaspy and Track Suit Wedding.

All in all it was a memorable experience!

Check out the highlights below!

Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters. Photo courtesy Arroyo Seco Weekend
Alanis Morissette. Photo courtesy Arroyo Seco Weekend
Third Eye Blind
Third Eye Blind. Photo courtesy Arroyo Seco Weekend
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