Chalice Music & Art Festival returning to High Desert with Ice Cube and Ludacris

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VICTORVILLE — Dubbed the “the Coachella of concentrates,” the Chalice Music & Art Festival is coming back to the High Desert this summer.

Ice Cube, Thievery Corporation, Sound Tribe Sector 9, Ludacris and Cypress Hill will headline the musical lineup at Chalice, which will be held July 7-9 at the High Desert Event Center in Victorville.

Chalice also will include various street artists, glass blowers, industry vendors, food and a full menu of marijuana and cannabis-based products. It is expected to draw thousands of party-goers over the three-day festival.

“This year, we’re setting a different standard with Chalice,” said festival founder Doug Dracup. “We’re adding attractions and different art installations that have never happened at this kind of festival before.”

Dracup added that Chalice will be spending $1 million to $2 million in musical lines and another $100,000 on art installations for the festival.

“Where else in the High Desert can you hear Ice Cube and Ludacris live?” said Moesha Johnson, 33, of Victorville, who attended last year’s Chalice event. “This year, we’re definitely buying a three-day pass, mostly for the music.”

The growing list of musical artists at Chalice includes Big Boi (of Outkast), Capleton, Pouya, The Floozies, Juelz Santana & Cam’Ron, formerly known as Dipset, Jadakiss – Styles P – Sheek Louch (The Lox), Berner, Warren G, King Lil G, Manic Focus, Pressure, Marlon Asher, Ghostemane, Ras Shiloh, Izac King, Buddy and Kong.

Some of the glass artists include Hitman Glass, David Labrava, Johnny Carcass, Salt, Mr. Gray and Purp Skurp. Visual artists include Mear-One, Chris Dyer and Boko Artists.

Last year, Chalice packed the fairgrounds with over 7,000 cannabis enthusiasts who rented out every hotel room in the High Desert. Fans and vendors from across the country traveled to the festival that featured musical artists such as Wu-Tang Clan and Machine Gun Kelly.

Scott Bettano, 41, the CEO of the app “Social High,” traveled from Boston last year. Skeeter Montes, 37, made the trip from Florida.

The Chalice Festival is scheduled to run from 3 p.m. to midnight July 7, 1 p.m. to midnight July 8 and 1 p.m. to 10 p.m. July 9. Tickets are $55 per day or $120 per three-day pass. VIP passes are $90-$110 per day or $240 per three-day pass. Judge kits, which include competitors’ entries and swag from sponsors in addition to VIP perks, range from $810-$910. For tickets and general information, visit chalicecalifornia.com.

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