By Crystal Harrell
Making a comeback, for its eighth year in the desert, Splash House returns for two sun-soaked weekends of fun and music on August 13-15 and 20-22. This year’s event stretches across three Palm Springs resort hotels—the Renaissance, Margaritaville, and Saguaro—centering on chic pool areas and iconic stage-facing balconies.
The Weekend One line-up welcomes some of modern House’s biggest stars to the party like Claude VonStroke and Green Velvet super-duo Get Real, Australian forerunner Dom Dolla, French 4/4 anthemist Shiba San, Tool Room’s Mark Knight and Moon Boots (DJ Set). Some new talent will also be in attendance like Detroit’s DJ Holographic, Eskuche, Dateless, Lubelski, Sohmi and more carrying the torch. The bill is also topped by multi-genre stylings from TOKiMONSTA, Whethan, Seb Wildblood, Poolside (DJ Set), and a Tycho DJ Set.
Weekend Two keeps the party alive and lets guests dance the days away with acts like CamelPhat, Gorgon City, Bob Moses (Club Set) and Yotto taking center stage as well as Indie crossover idols SG Lewis (DJ Set), The Brothers Macklovitch, San Holo, and Surf Mesa. The poolside energy will keep going with genre leaders Bontan, Sonny Fodera, Toni Varga, Clyde P b2b Tim Baresko and more. Some of underground dance’s most prized acts round out Weekend Two, including Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ Set), Galcher Lustwerk and Kim Ann Foxman.
After Hours at the Air Museum will feature more music legends, taking place in the starlit venue of the Palm Springs Air Museum. Weekend One will feature Lane 8, Green Velvet, and Mason Maynard touchdown on the runway, followed by Weekend Two with MK, Cloonee (who will be playing at both the pools and After Hours) and a special guest. This environment recalls the classic history of Palm Springs with hangers and retro planes to set the scene as guests dance along to the music in the desert night.
“I’m looking forward to the same great and fun experience that our fans have come to know and love. Our staff, venues, artists, and all partners in the city are eager to get back to work and we’re excited and grateful to be able to offer that opportunity and to be one of the first major events to return to the desert,” said Splash House Founder & Producer Tyler McLean. As the producer, Tyler has the responsibility of putting the show together and leading the team, operation, and creative direction.
An important initiative for this year’s event is noise reduction at the Air Museum shows. Innovative Noise Control, an acoustic consulting firm, was contracted to create a noise impact model for the venue to predict noise propagation in all directions with historical sound data to refine and implement additional noise mitigation measures for the venue audio plan. Acoustic noise barriers from Echo Barrier at the venue in addition to Dazian curtains will be installed.
These are temporary barriers that can be affixed indoors and outdoors to fencing and are designed to absorb noise with up to 41 dB attenuation. Installation will be implemented for areas identified in the INC Sound Study as most effective. The event is also contracting with Erevu Group, an audio monitoring & analysis firm, to install remote noise monitoring systems for both Splash House weekends.
Splash House provides a chance to experience some of the best artists in the worlds of house, techno, disco and more from around the globe in a unique setting and atmosphere that fits with the desert culture. The event did not take place last year due to COVID and following the guidance of local, state, and national authorities. Splash House will have two full days at the hotel venues on Saturday and Sunday and After Hours events on Friday and Saturday night.
“Tourism is the lifeblood of our destination and as a music festival incorporated into the heart of town, Splash House positions Palm Springs as a welcoming place for a young audience to visit and to have fun. That’s an incredible brand builder for our town and it translates to a returning visitor year-round,” said Tyler McLean.
Limited General Admission and Combo passes have just been released for locals at the Splash House website. The Combo Pass includes a General Admission pool pass and After Hours at the Air Museum for one weekend of Splash House. Admission includes access the host resorts (the Renaissance, Saguaro, and Margaritaville), After Hours at the Air Museum, and free transportation on festival shuttles running between the venues.
For more information and to see the full line-up, visit splashhouse.com