KAABOO Del Mar was a three day event taking place over the weekend of Friday September 18th to Sunday the 20th. In it’s first year running KAABOO proved it was well thought out and organized. With great food and drinks, marketers of the event are selling it as the more sophisticated future of music festivals. Of course, there’s a price range to match, with tickets ranging from $125 for a day and up to $2,499 for a VIP weekend.
When it comes to the entertainment, KAABOO was not lacking. There were nearly 100 musical acts and comedians spread out over the three day event; covering a wide range of genres offering something for everyone. The lineup also helped attract a diverse crowd, with headliners including No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, Zac Brown Band and The Killers. The other acts ranged from reggae to brass bands and featured artists from Dirty Heads to actress Minnie Driver. With multiple stages accessible throughout the venue, each feels oddly intimate and almost easy to find a good spot in. The huge main stage offered a pop up beach complete with sand, pool and cabanas available for reservation with full view of the main stage
Walking through the venue it is impossible to ignore the stunning banners, art, and other visuals. The food and beverage at KAABOO was top notch, to say the least, with a wide array of options. Over thirty breweries and many craft distilleries were onsite pouring beer and small-batch tequila, mezcal, gin, rum, vodka, sake and other spirits. A long list of wineries were also onsite, pouring nearly one hundred different wine selections. In addition to the liquid refreshment, there were plentiful food options such as local restaurants Herringbone and Searsucker.
All in all, KAABOO was an extremely well organized and executed festival with plenty to offer every festival fan. The dates have already been set for September 16-18 in 2016; so if you missed out on this inaugural festival, make sure to mark your calendar and don’t miss it next year!