Enjoying the Afterglow of the First-Ever BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach

Miss out on the festival weekend? Check out some highlights here.

The BeachLife Festival in Redondo Beach enjoyed a trifecta of gorgeous weather, energized crowds and top talent for its first ever outing. Headliners Bob Weir, Brian Wilson and Willie Nelson electrified guests each night alongside amazing musical performances from Ziggy Marley, Jason Mraz, Berlin, the Violent Femmes and more. Guests also enjoyed dining and beverage options created by South Bay chefs and brewers.

We caught up with the co-founder of BeachLife, Rob Lissner, to get his personal take on the weekend and what’s next for the festival.

First, congrats on a stellar South Bay weekend. The local response to BeachLife was epic. What’s your post-event take on how it went?

Rob Lissner: Thanks much for the kind words. We couldn’t be more stoked and humbled by the support and feedback received by everyone from the local community to the city officials. Our goal has always been to create a boutique and community driven event that fits into this epic location. It feels like we are on the right path.

Tell us a little about the overall turnout and numbers?

RL: We were close to our goal of 10,000 attendees per day, which felt great for year one. The most people at one time looked like Sunday night. Everyone wanted to see Willie … who certainly put on a show.

Any personal highlights from the performances?

RL: A ton, but I’ll limit it to a few and won’t include Willie because it’s too easy. First, Jackie Greene and Chris Robinson sitting in with Bob Weir on “Not Fade Away.” Second, Grace Potter. I hadn’t seen her before, and she got everyone fired up in about two minutes. Third, Steel Pulse on the beach. Perfect setting, and they haven’t missed a beat. 

Check out the full interview and more pictures here.

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