LONG BEACH, Calif. (CelebrityAccess) Long Beach, Calif.’s music and food fest Music Tastes Good Festival is going on hiatus this year, with festival organizers citing a crowded musical landscape.
The festival was founded by late Long Beach musician Josh Fischel, who toured with acts like Sublime. Fischel launched the fest in 2016 on the streets of Long Beach’s East Village Arts District with 50 bands including The Specials, The Melvins, Living Colour and Squeeze, in an area that included several Long Beach eateries. Fischel, however, died from liver disease a few days after the event.
The festival carried on, moving to Marina Green Park and being reduced from four stages to three, and from three days to two, as noted by the Los Angeles Daily News. That year’s lineup included acts like Ween, Los Lobos and Old 97’s.
The next year included New Order, James Blake, The Church and Janelle Monae plus a Taste Tent that included more than a dozen celebrity chefs.
Long Beach, however, now includes shows on the Queen Mary, promoted by Goldenvoice and last weekend saw the inaugural BeachLife festival bringing about 12,000 people each day to the Seaside Lagoon area May 3-5 for acts like Willie Nelson and Brian Wilson.
“It’s become a very crowded music and festival market, and other than having different bands and different themes, they’re pretty much the same, and Josh’s vision was always to be different ” John Molina, the festival’s executive producer, told the Daily News, adding that organizers would take a year or two to figure out a “different, unique and exciting ways,” to bring it back.