Matinee Returns to San Diego this Labor Day Weekend

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Matinée, the legendary festival, returns to San Diego this Labor Day Weekend with eight new spectacular parties over four fun-filled days.  MATINEE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL 2017: LABOR DAY WEEKEND begins Friday, September 1 with “LaLeche!”, the Friday night main event at Rich’s with music by Taito Tikaro and Dan Slater. Then, on Saturday, revelers will start the day getting soaking wet at “Heat,” the afternoon pool party at Lafayette.  At night, its off to “Pervert,” the  main event party at Spin with duel headliners Nacho Chapado and Danny Verde.  On Sunday, its back in speedos as Lafayette hosts the weekend’s second pool party, “Pump!”.  Then revelers will dance to the beats of Phil Romano at the Music Box for the Sunday night extended main event, “Matinée Air Force,”  followed by the Sunday afterparty “Action!” with music by drag superstar DJ Nina Flowers.  The Sunset Tea party takes place  the afternoon of Monday, September 4 at Lafayette with special surprise DJs, followed by a fabulous and free closing party at Rich’s. 

Matinée events don’t just pump dance music.  Producers Jake Resnicow, Justin David and Paul Nicholls re-imagine and craft elaborate experiences, complete with blazing pyrotechnics and production by the likes of Cirque du Soleil and Matinée Ibiza.  “Part of our mission is to show people that a Matinée party is all about awe and extravagance,” explains Resnicow. “Once again, we are teaming with the hottest and most cutting-edge acts from around the world.” 

Matinée launched twenty years ago in Ibiza. Since then, it has evolved internationally, gaining notoriety for it’s lavish, over-the-top events.  It made its San Diego debut in 2015 with eight thrilling parties that included a surprise appearance by JoJo and jaw-dropping spectacles including fireworks over Mission Bay. 

“That first year, I knew Matinée San Diego was the beginning of something really special,” says Nicholls.  “With the city as a backdrop, the beaches, and the incredible Lafayette Host Hotel… everything combined to create a sense of camaraderie that was unique to any city in the world.  It was like gay summer camp with world class parties!  Everyone kept commenting on how spectacular the vibe was and that, to me, is what a successful party is all about.” 

Raising the bar on nightlife is exactly what the Matinée brand was built to do.  Whether in the heart of Manhattan, the Las Vegas Strip or on the white sands of Miami, a Matinée event is meant to take revelers out of body and beyond the confines of their imagination.  Matinée is the festival where there is something for everyone and all are welcome!

Weekend passes for MATINEE SAN DIEGO FESTIVAL 2017: LABOR DAY WEEKEND start at $199. The Lafayette Hotel (2223 El Cajon Blvd) is the host hotel for MATINÉE SAN DIEGO Festival.  Suites start at $149/night. 

VIP Weekend Passes are also available.  They include VIP admission with express entry to the five main parties, complimentary fruit/snacks, private restrooms and exclusive, elevated, VIP areas overlooking all the action.  The Ultra VIP All-Access Weekend Pass includes VIP admission to all eight parties, including the Sunday Afterparty, Monday Tea Dance, and an exclusive Matinée gift pack.

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