Imagine taking a trip around the world to get a firsthand look at the thriving music scenes across continents. Now imagine seeing all the most celebrated bands from these multinational hubs without leaving Los Angeles.
FILTER Magazine’s Culture Collide Festival aims to create that exact experience. Now in its third year, the LA-based festival will return this week — October 4-7 — to bring four days of music, art, film and more from around the world together in Echo Park. The lineup features acts from the US, UK, Sweden, Spain, Netherlands, Thailand, Argentina, Norway, New Zealand, and more. The festival will end with a bang at the all-day block party on October 7, proceeds from which will support 826LA, a nonprofit dedicated to helping kids and teenagers explore their creative talents through writing.
Block party headliners of Montreal and The Wombats have both built successful careers on either side of the Atlantic. The Wombats hail from Liverpool, where their new wave indie rock has produced five top 40 hits over their 10-year career. Athens, Georgia-based of Montreal’s psychedelic indie pop has garnered them a rabid cult following and no shortage of critical acclaim. The stylistic and cultural differences between the bands illustrate perfectly the global potpourri FILTER aims to create with the festival.
Other groups performing at the block party on October 7 include School of Seven Bells (US), Niki and the Dove (Sweden), Bonde do Role (Brasil), DIIV (US), Class Actress (US), Icona Pop (Sweden), Gold Fields (Australia), Colorfeels (US) Morning Parade (UK), Laetitia Sadier (France), Chancellor Warhol (US), Patrick Wolf (UK) and more. The event will also feature LA’s Best Food Trucks, art activities, and prizes.
The block party is free with an RSVP and a $5 suggested donation to 826LA. 826LA will also host the live comedy portions of the festival.
You can secure your ticket to the FILTER Magazine Culture Collide Festival here.