CA: Cannabis-Themed High Life Festival Comes Roaring Back


Victorville – The High Life Music Festival is back on the High Desert Event Center’s calendar, and cannabis and music fans are ecstatic.

Festival organizers said they’ve worked around the clock to reschedule the cannabis-themed event where they expect thousands of fans to attend the “celebration of the best hip hop, reggae and medical marijuana in Southern California.”

The two-day festival, now scheduled to take place Sept. 24-25, will recognize the state’s premier medical marijuana growers, breeders, edible chefs and extract artists, will include a variety of vendors offering cannabis-themed accessories, products and food. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, Rick Ross and DMX make up a portion of the festival’s musical lineup.

High Life officials decided to halt the show, scheduled to begin last Saturday, after the San Bernardino County Fairgrounds in Victorville became ground zero for evacuees and animals affected by the 36,000-plus-acre fire that began in the Cajon Pass on Aug. 16.

Organizers said it was important to the High Life staff to respect the privacy of those who were evacuated to the fairgrounds. They added that their thoughts and prayers are with the families affected by this tragedy, and the men and women who fought the fire.

The show organizers also extended their appreciation to emergency responders and to the show’s vendors, sponsors and ticket holders for their patience.

Fair CEO Geoff Hinds told the Daily Press operations by the American Red Cross, county services and other agencies at the Shelter Operations Compound at the fairgrounds are winding down and that regular operations at the fairgrounds should resume soon.

Hinds praised those working at the multi-agency compound, saying he was “amazed to see the quick and collaborative effort of many” agencies with so many moving parts. He also thanked the High Life staff and vendors who offered their assistance.

“About 99 percent of the people involved with the High Life Festival were understanding and supportive of postponing the show,” Hinds said. “The promoters donated feed for the animals sheltered here and supplies for the children at the Red Cross shelter.”

Hinds said many of the 200 vendors who booked hotel rooms did not request refunds, but asked that their rooms be given to those displaced by the fire. He added that many local individuals and businesses also donated time, supplies and financial assistance.

“It was amazing to see how everyone, including those associated with High Life Festival, came together to help those in need,” Hinds said. “It was certainly disappointing that we had to postpone the show, but that was overshadowed by the wave of compassion and support from so many people.”

Festival organizers said the High Life Festival’s musical lineup on Sept. 24 includes Yo Gotti, DMX, Nipsey Hussle, Collie Buddz, OHNO and Smoke DeVille. The following day, Rick Ross, Bone Thugs N Harmony, Waka Flocka, DJ Whoo Kid, E40 and DMX are expected to perform. Organizers said additional artists will be announced.

Visitors do not need a medical marijuana card to enjoy the concert and exhibition, but a card is required to enter the Prop. 215 medicated area. Patients will have the opportunity to obtain a card at the event.

Regular ticket prices for the High Life Festival are $60 for single day, $85 for two days, $85 for one day VIP and $150 for two day VIP. Early bird discounts and other information is available at High Life Music Festival – 2 day celebration of the best Hip Hop. The festival is scheduled from noon to 11 p.m. on Sept. 24 and noon to 10 p.m. on Sept. 25 at the High Desert Event center, 14800 Seventh St. in Victorville.

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