The crowded California festival scene gets another contender in 2019, and it’s coming from an unlikely source. Former heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson has announced The Kind Music Festival, an all-ages “pop-up” that embraces the state’s updated cannabis regulations.

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Taking place on February 23rd, the event will be held at the Tyson Ranch Resort, a 420-acre (nice) entertainment complex currently in development in Desert Hot Springs, California. The complex will also offer luxury glamping and include cannabis research and design facility upon completion.

The new laws include the legalization of recreational marijuana sales in licensed shops to anyone who is 21 or older without a doctor’s recommendation. Public smoking is still prohibited. However, some cities have announced plans to open “cannabis lounges.”


Although recreational weed is legal in the state of California, it is up to individual cities as to whether or not they want to allow it in their town. A Google search shows that Desert Hot Springs does, in fact, have recreational dispensaries, and Assembly Bill 2020—which Gov. Jerry Brown signed into law—goes into effect on Jan. 1, allowing the state to authorize cannabis events at any venue that has local approval.

The festival will also feature food trucks; a “Chillville” section with 100 specialty bean bags; and a fun zone with inflatable rides, obstacle courses, mazes, bar area and a vendor village. The music lineup for the event is set to be announced on Jan. 2, and a portion of the proceeds from the event will be donated to Standing United, a nonprofit addiction and homeless charity.

General admission and VIP tickets will go on sale at 9 a.m. on Jan. 3.