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Darker Waves Festival 2023

The inaugural Darker Waves Festival, which is centered on big-name ’80s new wave rock groups, is coming together for a single-day beach concert event in Huntington Beach. The festival will feature over 30 acts spread across three stages including headliners Tears For Fears and New Order leading the charge. Joining them are The B-52s, Echo & the Bunnymen, OMD, The Human League, Violent Femmes, X, Devo, Soft Cell, The Psychedelic Furs, The Cardigans, Molchat Doma, The English Beat, Crosses, T.S.O.L., Death in Vegas, She Wants Revenge, Cold Cave, and more.

In addition, the concert will offer an array of food options from regional and local vendors. Attendees can also enjoy the convenience of bars, concessions, and various merchandise options, including official band merchandise and festival-specific items. Furthermore, free water stations will be available to keep everyone hydrated throughout the event.

The concert will take place at Huntington City Beach on Saturday, November 18, 2023.

Darker Waves Festival

Darker Waves Fest

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Dates: Saturday, November 18, 2023
Hours: 11 AM to 10 PM
Venue: On the Beach at Huntington City Beach
Address: 21301 Pacific Coast Highway, Huntington Beach, CA 92648

Darker Waves Lineup

Here is the announced lineup along with one of the most popular tracks from each band.

  • New Order: “Blue Monday”
  • Tears For Fears: “Everybody Wants to Rule the World”
  • The B-52s: “Love Shack”
  • Echo & the Bunnymen: “The Killing Moon”
  • Devo: “Whip It”
  • Soft Cell: “Tainted Love”
  • The Psychedelic Furs: “Love My Way”
  • The Human League: “Don’t You Want Me”
  • OMD (Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark): “If You Leave”
  • Violent Femmes: “Blister in the Sun”
  • She Wants Revenge: “Tear You Apart”
  • The Cardigans: “Lovefool”
  • Molchat Doma: “Sudno (Boris Ryzhy)”
  • X: “Los Angeles”
  • The English Beat: “Mirror in the Bathroom”
  • Crosses: “†his Is a †rick”
  • Kavinsky: “Nightcall”
  • London After Midnight: “Sacrifice”
  • Clan of Xymox: “A Day”
  • The Chameleons: “Swamp Thing”
  • T.S.O.L. (True Sounds of Liberty): “Code Blue”
  • Death in Vegas: “Dirt”
  • Cold Cave: “Love Comes Close”
  • Blossoms: “Charlemagne”
  • Mareux: “Cold Kiss”
  • Drab Majesty: “The Foyer”
  • Depresión Sonora: “Sombras”
  • Twin Tribes: “Shadows”
  • 45 Grave: “Partytime”
  • Christian Death: “Romeo’s Distress”
  • Skeletal Family: “Promised Land”
  • Glass Spells: “Away from Space”
  • Urban Heat: “Night Drive”

Darker Waves Fest Location & Parking

The Darker Waves festival is located on the beach, directly opposite The Waterfront Beach Resort (Hilton) and Hyatt Regency Huntington Beach Resort & Spa on Pacific Coast Highway. To reach the festival site from the north or west, follow these directions:

  1. Take the 405 South freeway.
  2. Exit at Seal Beach Blvd.
  3. Make a right turn onto Seal Beach Blvd.
  4. Continue on Seal Beach Blvd until you reach Pacific Coast Highway (PCH).

There are many self-parking options in Huntington Beach that are on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

Nearby Parking Lots:

  • City Beach Parking
  • Huntington State Beach Parking Lots
  • Main Promenade parking structure Downtown HB
  • Huntington City Beach Parking Lot on 6th Street
  • Pierside Pavillion

If you live nearby, try walking, biking, using a ride share service (Uber, Lyft, etc.), or other means of public transportation.

If you are flying to Southern California, the easiest access is through John Wayne / Orange County / Santa Ana airport (SNA) or Long Beach airport (LGB). Both are a reasonable taxi/Uber/Lyft ride to Huntington Beach.

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Monique McArthur is a mother of two, writer, and creator of delicious recipes. In her spare time she enjoys exploring all that Orange County has to offer, traveling, shopping, running with her dogs and spending time with family.