14th Annual Carlsbad Music Festival
August 25-27, 2017

Press Coverage

San Diego Union-Tribune: Carlsbad Music Festival invites music fans to take a chance on something new

San Diego Union-Tribune: Review | Solo vocalists Bora Yoon, Julia Holter blur boundaries at Carlsbad Music Festival
"A willingness to take risks, to see how far adventurous music by the beach can go in telling us new things about ourselves... CMF is doing it right."

San Diego Story: Review | The Carlsbad Music Festival: A Tsunami of Contemporary Floods Downtown Carlsbad

NBC 7 SoundDiego: Carlsbad Music Festival Back With Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu

KPBS: Editors Pick

San Diego Union-Tribune: Top Weekend Events

Times of San Diego: Weekend Guide

ABC 10 News: Can't Miss San Diego

Festival Overview

The 14th annual Carlsbad Music Festival is a 3-day summer celebration of “adventurous music by the beach” on Friday-Sunday, August 25-27 in the charming seaside Village of Carlsbad. The Festival, called “one of the area’s most innovative music showcases” by KPBS, features 60+ performances of creative music of all kinds curated by Founder and Artistic Director, composer/violinist Matt McBane. These include ticketed Mainstage Concerts featuring Julia Holter, Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks, Sacra/Profana, Noveller, Eric Byers, Bora Yoon, and more; dozens of FREE outdoor concerts all weekend; and a beer garden, food trucks and artisan market.

The Festival programming is an eclectic mix of creative and adventurous music ranging from contemporary classical, to indie rock, to world music, to electronic, to jazz, to musicians who work across genres and fall between the cracks. The Carlsbad Music Festival is a nationally-acclaimed presenter and a beloved community event that draws thousands from near and far for its unique programming and beautiful setting.


Mainstage artists

Julia Holter • Xiu Xiu Plays the Music of Twin Peaks • Noveller • Matt McBane • Eric Byers • Bora Yoon • Nathan Hubbard + Vinny Golia • Peter Jacobson + Paul Livingstone • Scott Worthington • Aperture Duo • Peter Kuhn Trio • Dollshot • Kamini Natarajan • Chris Douthitt • Jonathan Morgan • Daniel Pate • Tholl/Fogel/Hoff

Free Stage Artists

Lightning Cola • Dead Feather Moon • Opus Orange • Peter Sprague • Birdy Bardot • Dani Bell and the Tarantist • The Midnight Pine • G Burns Jug Band • Euphoria Brass Band • San Diego Opera presents Bernardo Bermudez with Nicolas Reveles • Carlsbad High School Chamber Orchestra • Clint Davis • Jack Curtis Dubowsky Ensemble • Echo Mountain • LA Edwards • EMÆL • The Liquorsmiths • Mando Basso • MLTRIO • Jesse Myers • Scott Nielsen • The Night Doctors • Qamar • The Red Fox Tails • Salt Petal • Taken by Canadians • Fureya Unal / Judy Huang Duo