SUBSTANCE LA Music Fest Announces Set Times for Dark Underground Event


Featuring performances from THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN, THE CHAMELEONS, CLOCK DVA, SEXTILE, KITTIN & THE HACKER, YOUTH CODE; DJ sets from BOY HARSHER, CABARET VOLTAIRE’s Stephen Mallinder; and 30+ more vibrant post-punk/dark underground artists across two nights at the historic Los Angeles Theater, Oct. 21 and 22

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Today, Restless Presents, the esteemed LA-based collective of bookers, promoters and music lifers, announces the set times for Substance 2022, the fifth iteration of their annual multifaceted celebration of dark rock, high-force industrial, percolating electronics and strident post-punk.

With a lineup including such underground dark-rock legends as the The Jesus And Mary Chain and The Chameleons; the forever-futurist visions of Clock DVA, Cabaret Voltaire co-founder Steven Mallinder and electro-royalty Kittin And The Hacker; not to forget the vibrant (sometimes vicious) next-gen contributions of Boy Harsher, Light Asylum, Youth Code, SEXTILE and Kontravoid, Substance 2022 is so much more than an immersive sonic experience. It’s a brazen commitment by Restless Presents to the passionate, exhilarating music that has captured the hearts and souls of Cali… hang on… the world’s post-punk, electronic and goth factions.

Taking place at the venerable Los Angeles Theater Oct. 21 and 22 in downtown L.A., the main stage’s 2000+ seating between the balcony, mezzanine, and floor levels offers fans an intimate, 360° experience with the bands and performing artists taking the stage all weekend for this sonic bacchanal celebrating forward-thinking rock progenitors while heralding the take-no-prisoners spirit of the next wave of aural explorers.

These two late-October nights at the Los Angeles Theater will be teeming with decibels and dramatic production for a presentation that’s completely inclusionary, faithfully contemporary and positively complementary to the various dark rock, post-punk and electronic-forward scenes. After doing 2021’s event at the Belasco Theater, Substance 2022’s return to the LAT feels more like a homecoming to both fans and artists.

“The Los Angeles Theater is a jaw-dropping, historical theater in DTLA,” says Substance co-founder and Restless Presents talent buyer/production coordinator Liz Garo. “The return of Substance 2022 to this rarely used, multi-room venue will just add to the experience. The art deco-inspired bathrooms, grand staircase and giant chandelier form a unique backdrop that lends itself to the audience.”

“Over the years we have strived to curate unique and atypical lineups, Substance 2022 is no exception,” says Substance co-founder Brian Tarney. “We hold the DIY ethos very near and dear to our hearts. In the past, pandemics and outside forces have made presenting our unique vision all the more complex, but the stars have aligned and autonomy reigns. This year we are able to present a slew of the deepest architects of post-punk and goth aesthetic, alongside some of the most amazing up-and-coming acts in the scene. We intend to fully utilize our favorite theater in Los Angeles to the apex of Substance.”