Dia De Los Deftones
The second annual Dia De Los Deftones Music Festival was back at San Diego's Petco Park over the weekend. Lead singer, Chino Moreno, loved the vibe of the Southern California location last year and figured, why change it?
The doors opened at 3:00 p.m. that afternoon, it was a warm 80° F, perfect weather for fans to try out two of the Deftones signature beers, Phantom Bride (Pale Ale) and Dia de Los Deftones (Mexican style Lager) sold by the company Belching Beaver.
At the entrance to the grounds was a traditional Mariachi group serenading festival goers as they entered the park.
Located North of the festival grounds was an altar de Ofrenda display. An ofrenda is part of the Dia de los muertos (Day of the Dead) celebration. Traditionally displayed are marigolds, sugar skulls and pastries along with photographs and personal items, food or objects that the departed enjoyed. Fans brought pictures of their loved ones that were respectfully placed on the ofrenda for them by members of staff.
There were plenty of fans that arrived with the traditional skull face paint and there was also a booth at the festival that offered face painting.
There was plenty of signature Festival merchandise being sold from ie: sunglasses, shoes, shirts, jackets, hoodies and posters that fans bought throughout the day.
Two stages were set up. One was located to the East, The Calavera stage and the other at the South of the park, the larger, All Souls Stage where performances alternated up until the last two sets. Both Chvrches and Deftones played the All souls stage back to back.
The lineup featured performances from Brutus, Youth Code, Megan Thee Stallion, HUM, Gojira, JpegMafia, Chvrches and Deftones.
When the lineup was announced Moreno stated that they wanted to give fans a great day of music that reflected the eclectic taste in music that the Deftones all love, making sure there is something there for everyone.
That’s exactly what the Deftones managed to do. No matter if you loved hip-hop, synth-pop, alternative or metal, it was an all-inclusive event full of energy, great music, diversity and culture.