The daily performance schedule has been announced for the 2018 edition of KAABOO Del Mar, along with single-day tickets that went on sale June 12. The full list of daily performers appears below, along with prices for single-day tickets and VIP passes.
The headliners for Sept. 14 — the upscale music, comedy, food and drink festival’s opening day — are Foo Fighters, Halsey, Post Malone, Incubus and comedian Craig Ferguson.
The headliners for Sept. 15 are Imagine Dragons, N.E.R.D, Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Idol and comedian Iliza Shlesinger.
Whether by design or coincidence, the lineup includes at least one Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee each day.
On Sept. 14, it’s Blondie. On Sept. 15, it’s Earth Wind & Fire. And on Sept. 16, it’s former Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant, Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash and former Paul Butterfield Blues Band guitarist Elvin Bishop.
The festival, held at the Del Mar Racetrack and the adjacent fairgrounds, celebrates its fourth anniversary this year.
Single-day Hang Loose general admission tickets are priced at $139 each, plus service charges, while single-day Hang Five VIP passes are priced at $339 each, plus service charges, “while supplies last.”
Three-day Hang Loose passes are currently priced at $279, while three-day Hang Five and Hang Ten VIP passes are currently priced at $949 and $3,799 each, plus service charges.
And, for those for whom money is no object — and those who don’t object to being described as those for whom money is no object — there’s the Ultimate Hang pass. Priced at $15,000 each, plus service charges, it includes: “exclusive front-row center viewing at each stage; a private backstage lounge area; priority access to meet-and-greet experiences; food and beverage throughout the weekend in select areas; on-demand car service to and from the event; an upgraded swag bag; and golf cart service throughout the venue.”
Next year, the KAABOO footprint will expand to include KAABOO Cayman in the Cayman Islands and KAABOO Texas at AT&T Stadium, outside Dallas.
KAABOO Del MAR 2017 daily lineups
Sept. 14 Music: Foo Fighters, Halsey, Post Malone, Incubus, Gucci Mane, Blondie, Jimmy Eat World, Nelly, Tower of Power, Everclear, The Zombies, The English Beat, The Spencer Lee Band, Katie Toupin, Diego's Umbrella, Charlie Overbey, Hunter & The Dirty Jacks, Courtship.
Comedy: Craig Ferguson, Chris Hardwick, Nikki Glaser, Erik Griffin, J.F. Harris
Sept. 15 Music: Imagine Dragons, N.E.R.D, Earth, Wind & Fire, Billy Idol, Cake, Big Boi, Stone Temple Pilots, Melissa Etheridge, Bebe Rexha, Better Than Ezra, Robert DeLong, The Wailers, SWMRS, Soul Asylum, Emily Warren, The National Parks, Shane Hall, Stealing Oceans, Creature Canyon, CVBZ, Raelee Nikole, Oblivion Her Majesty, FITNESS, Mamafesta
Comedy: Iliza Shlesinger, Craig Robinson, Whitney Cummings, Louie Anderson, Orny Adams
Sept. 16 Music: Katy Perry, Robert Plant and the Sensational Space Shifters, Wiz Khalifa, Slash featuring Myles Kennedy & The Conspirators, Alice in Chains, Jewel, TLC, Quinn XCII, The All-American Rejects, War, Candlebox, Vanessa Carlton, Elvin Bishop, Drew Holcomb and The Neighbors, Boulevards, Vista Kicks, Tall Heights, Chelsea Cutler, Elise Trouw, L.A. Edwards, Bay Ledges, Sully & The "Blue-Eyed Soul Band
Comedy: Nick Offerman, Kevin Nealon, Pauly Shore
George Varga is a reporter for The San Diego Union-Tribune.