LA’s June Gloom Fest Illuminates the City’s Sonic Landscape REVIEW: JUNE GLOOM 2023
LOS ANGELES, CA- This mid-June, LA’s very own Niantic gave us another round of their annual ‘June Gloom’ fest, nestled in the quirky Oracle Tavern, a stone’s throw from the heart of Chinatown. Over a wild, music-packed 48 hours, the venue played host to over 30 local acts, showcasing the diverse and pulsating rhythms the City of Angels holds within its vast expanse.
In an age where charts are ruled by algorithmic playlists and where music’s soul risks commodification, events like June Gloom are the lifeblood keeping the real essence of the music community alive. Every nook and cranny of the world holds its own distinctive beat, echoing the stories, dreams, and aspirations of its inhabitants. Local festivals like these not only amplify these beats but stitch them into the broader canvas of the global music landscape.
The power of local music fests? It’s in their celebration of communal identity. They’re less about headliners and more about real connections — a space where music lovers gather under the familiar haze of shared tunes and cultural vibes. It’s not just about the music, but the collective experience; streets and taverns alive with melody, neighbors bonding over newly discovered shared favorites, and the infectious energy of unity.
As for the talent, local fests are often the unsung heroes. The ‘June Gloom’ stage isn’t just a platform; for many burgeoning artists, it’s a rite of passage. From echoing sounds in a basement to the roaring applause of a festival crowd, this transition can be career-defining. Not to forget the ever-watchful eyes of labels and agents scouting for the next big thing. My Saturday at the fest? A mixed bag of familiar tunes, delightful new discoveries, and a nostalgic reunion with a band I’d written off as history.
Despite the omnipresence of streaming, there’s something irreplaceable about the raw, unfiltered aura of live music. Festivals like ‘June Gloom’ offer an antidote to the often impersonal digital age, emphasizing the tangible joy of live sets and direct patronage to artists. For many Angelenos, and indeed folks everywhere, such grassroots events are a pocket-friendly gateway to genuine, electrifying musical journeys.
Dying to get a taste of the fest’s atmosphere? Dive into our photo gallery and insights from acts like Guyville, Josh Moreland, Ambar Ryan, Ryan Cassata,
Kenzo Gregan, Spare Parts For Broken Hearts, Niantic, Paper Citizen, and Delux. Dive in [here](#).