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In Photos: Desert Hearts Brought Its Inimitable Festival Vibe to the Concrete Jungle

Photo by: Jacob Avanzato
by Lexie Kieu | @lexiekieu Mon November 13, 2017 | 02:41 PM

The Desert Hearts crew decided to do something new this year. After a short hiatus from their Desert Hearts Fall Festival last year, they reunited their extended family of house- and techno-lovers this past Sunday for their first-ever City Hearts Festival at the Los Angeles Center Studios. To spread the love and inclusivity that are Desert Hearts' signature, the crew donated a portion of its ticket sales to help the Los Angeles Mission, a homeless shelter that offers hope to men, women and children on Skid Row. Festival-goers themselves also brought in food and clothing donations to further the cause.

To celebrate their five-year anniversary of putting on the Desert Hearts festival, the Desert Hearts crew brought its inimitable desert vibes right into the concrete jungle of downtown Los Angeles, with all of our usual desert-dwelling favorites making an appearance. First, they brought their beautiful and iconic Desert Hearts stage, which stood loud and proudly in the midst of an otherwise dreary Sunday afternoon. And while Pile Palace came to play, they couldn’t bring their usual gift of an open bar. However, they did set up their cozy corner with comfy cushions and couches so you could lounge lavishly and give your dancing feet a break while still listening to your favorite beats.

Meanwhile the Glitter Spies hosted their fashion show for festie fashionistas to strut their stuff on a catwalk smack in the middle of the dance floor. If you think this was some typical lame LA fashion show, think again. These models come in every size, shape, and color and were movin’ and groovin’ to Doc Martin’s b2b set with Marques Wyatt. And just like any other Desert Hearts Festival, fans came dressed to impress as well in their best festival style. We saw plenty of fur coats, brightly colored wigs, and of course, glitter, glitter everywhere.

Porkchop started the party with his opening set, followed later by Lee Reynolds, Marbs, and Mikey Lion. Of course the whole gang got together to spin as the Desert Hearts Crew to close out an incredible evening and yet another unforgettable festival by these dudes. Sunday Funday will never be the same after spending this Sunday at City Hearts Festival, but a whole day of house, techno, and love was just enough to satisfy us until next spring.

Check out these images by photographer Jacob Avanzato to see why we’re a family and why We Are All Desert Hearts.

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Porkchop. Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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Bodypainter and yoga instructor Anh Pham, and Reid Godshaw of Harmonic Light. Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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The Glitter Spies Fashion Show. Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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Camila Romero. Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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Pile Palace. Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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Painter Joshua Hobmeier. Photo by: Jacob Avanzato
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Mikey Lion. Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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Mikey Lion. Photo by: Jacob Avanzato

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