Sunset Music Festival Party Guide
2013's Annual Street Party Is A Blast
Linkin Park packs the world famous Sunset Strip during SSMF.
Bands, beer and big crowds.
It's the annual Sunset Strip Music Festival, an event so in character with its historic surroundings that it belongs here as much as long hair and a black shirt on a rock star.
LA's Sunset Strip is known for music its legendary live music venues like the Roxy, Viper Room and Whisky A Go-Go, but in one lively weekend in August it is the Strip itself that brings in the bands.The 2013 event was Aug. 1-3 and featured Linkin Park as the street headliner. And let it be said they packed the place; there was barely any elbow room for two full blocks on the street.
Other bands playing that day included AWOLNATION, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, Wale, Logic and Slick Rick.
The Sunset Strip Music Festival is a celebration!
Hard to turn down a beer with her serving 'em up!
More than 10,000 people attend the event, which features not only bands on two stages on the Strip, but continuous music in the live music venues along the Strip.
The crowd packs the Sunset Strip for Linkin Park's concert.
Bars, like the patio at the Rainbowl, offer places to get cold beers.
Slash attracts a crowd playing not AT but ON Sunset Strip for the Music Festival.
Double-fisted with Buds in the beer garden.
It also has a beer garden flowing with Bud, Bud Light and Shock Top. True to its Hollywood surroundings, the beer garden has its plush amenities, including cushy chairs and couches. It's one of the most popular hangouts at the entire event. After all, what's rock sounds without suds?
Slash jams during the Sunset Music Festival.
The crowd gets fired up for the bands right on Sunset Strip.
Some people just hang out on the street with bands and beer gardens around them.
The beer gardens provide a plact to take a break and have, well, beers.
It's a party in the street on the World Famous Sunset Strip for the Music Festival.
More than 10,000 people pack the festival on Sunset Blvd.
rock two stages from 2-11 on the Strip.
The Monster stage is less crowded and is at the east end of the festival.
The real attraction, of course, are the bands. One year for Slash, thousands packed the street in in front of The Key Club, holding up cell phones and cameras to catch photos and video. Everyone was smiling, singing, dancing and having a great time. Perhaps they were inspired by their time in the Bud Light beer garden.
The bands start playing in the bars and 1 p.m., and go until closing at 2 a.m. The Monster Energy East Stage on Sunset starts at 2, and the main west stage beings its bands at 2:50.
This year, an outdoor stage has been added in front of the Viper Room.
General admission tickets are $75. VIP tickets, which include access to a private tented area with full no-host bar and seating area, are available for $135 in advance. Complete ticket information and the on-line purchasing are through the event's website.
All tickets ticket include access to the live music venues along the Strip, which have bands playing all day and night. Gates open at 1 p.m. and the music continues all night long.
Sunset Boulevard is be closed to traffic between San Vicente Boulevard and Doheny Drive on the day of the block party
Sunset Music Festival Party Tips
• Get your tickets in advance
• Pace yourself; there's no rush to do anything
• Be prepared for a long day and night
• Use the beer gardens to take a seat
• You can walk the entire area so there's no need to worry about getting from one stage to the other or the venues
• Check out the bands in the bars. This is a great opportunity to get into not just one, but nearly all of Sunset Strip's legendary live music venues