What is a Beach Goth?

What is a beach goth? This question has plagued me ever since I typed it a couple seconds ago. While we may never uncover the true essence o...

What is a beach goth? This question has plagued me ever since I typed it a couple seconds ago. While we may never uncover the true essence of a beach goth, we do know one thing for sure.  They host annual gatherings, known as "festivals," during the fall at a predestined location in sunny Southern California.

Last year, I got to experience the much buzzed about Beach Goth festival. My girlfriend was attending as press so I decided to tag along and see beach goths in their natural habitat. The event was held at a staple Orange County music venue. Music, especially of an eclectic nature, is of great importance to the beach goth lifestyle.

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Once inside, however, we curiously wandered through all stages and booths just to get a lay of the land. As the night progressed, I found that the never-ending crowds and lines kept getting bigger. Add to that an array of overpriced food and drinks. The only thing that would make this experience bearable was an excessive amount of beer which I had.

This year, I am undecided on whether to attend Beach Goth at all. I'll most likely continue this foray into sadomasochism, torturing myself only to surround myself with beach goths and maybe one day understand it better.

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From extensive first hand research, however, I've concluded that this year's Beach Goth festival will be their best one yet. They've wised up and moved the festival to the roomier Oak Canyon Park, essentially, going back to their roots, parks.

I hope to conduct more research and analyze more data this year. In order to understand a beach goth, you need to think like one. That's why there's no other way to enjoy the scheduled entertainment than by chugging a couple of frosty ones before going in.

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As long as I'm on some mind altering substance I will be able to fully appreciate beach goths, their celebration, and their contribution to society. For such a rowdy, boisterous, and free-spirited crowd, they are pretty strict on bringing outside food or drink. I think it might be due to some sort of beach goth allergy.

Regardless of their eating habits, the question still lingers, what is a beach goth? Until more research is conducted and the lab results come in we can only watch from afar hoping to understand this lifestyle better.

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