Almost Acoustic Christmas is an annual concert run by the Los Angeles radio station KROQ-FM.
The first show was held in December 1989 though it was simply called the KROQ Xmas Bash. In 1990 the show became bigger and attracted increasingly popular alternative rock bands and singers. It takes place over a weekend in mid-December, and has in recent years been broadcast for free on KROQ-FM's website. The festival started off as a one-day event, and every year, since 1992, it has been held as a two-day festival (although the 1999 show was a one-day festival).
From 1989 through 2012 the show took place at the Universal Amphitheatre in Universal City, except for 1998 where it was held at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, and in 1999 where it was held at the Arrowhead Pond in Anaheim. After the Universal Amphitheatre closed in September 2013, the show performed again at the Shrine Auditorium in December 2013. In 2014 the event was moved to The Forum.
KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas concerts benefit Para Los Ninos and the Al Wooten Jr Heritage Center, plus other local charities.
In 1999, a compilation of live recordings, The Best of KROQ's Almost Acoustic Christmas, was released.
On December 18, 2009, KROQ-FM released a compilation called KROQ Almost Acoustic Christmas 2009, a benefit album with proceeds benefiting Para Los Ninos and the Al Wooten Heritage Center.
Bands listed in alphabetical order (or, if known, in reverse order of night's performance).
|December 1, 1990||Dramarama, The Havilinas, Chris Isaak, The Posies, Social Distortion, Soho, The Trash Can Sinatras|
|December 21, 1991||Ian McCulloch, Alison Moyet, School of Fish, Siouxsie and the Banshees, The Smithereens, This Picture, The Wonder Stuff|
|December 12–13, 1992||Adam Ant, David Byrne, Cause and Effect, The Cult, dada, Duran Duran, EMF, The Farm, Michael Penn, The Rembrandts, Seal, Soul Asylum, The Soup Dragons, Toad the Wet Sprocket, Suzanne Vega, The Violent Femmes|
|December 11–12, 1993||Bad Religion, Belly, Tony Bennett, Blind Melon, Cowboy Junkies, Cracker, The Cranberries, 4 Non Blondes, General Public, Nick Heyward, Billy Idol, The Lemonheads, Porno for Pyros, Primus, Rage Against the Machine, Henry Rollins, The Smashing Pumpkins, They Might Be Giants, US3, The Violent Femmes, The Wonder Stuff|
|December 10–11, 1994||Bad Religion, The Black Crowes, Candlebox, The Cranberries, Sheryl Crow, Dinosaur Jr., Hole, Luscious Jackson, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Live, Love Spit Love, Mazzy Star, Meat Puppets, Liz Phair, Seal, Stone Temple Pilots, Simple Minds, Sunny Day Real Estate, Veruca Salt, Weezer|
|December 16–17, 1995|
|December 13–14, 1996|
|December 5–6, 1997|
|December 11–12, 1998|
|December 11, 1999|
|December 16–17, 2000||Night 1 (Saturday): Papa Roach, No Doubt, Deftones, Weezer, Moby, Incubus (w/ orchestra), Fuel, 3 Doors Down, Coldplay, At the Drive-In|
|December 8–9, 2001||Night 1 (Saturday):Linkin Park, Blink-182, Staind, System of a Down, Bad Religion, P.O.D., Sum 41, Puddle of Mudd, Alien Ant Farm|
|December 7–8, 2002||Night 1 (Saturday): P.O.D., Disturbed, Audioslave, Queens of the Stone Age, Sum 41, The Used, Zwan, New Found Glory, Trust Company, Taproot|
|December 13–14, 2003||Night 1 (Saturday): Linkin Park (headliner), The Offspring, P.O.D., AFI, Pennywise, Puddle of Mudd, Chevelle, Thrice, The Distillers|
|December 11–12, 2004||Night 1 (Saturday): Jimmy Eat World, Interpol, The Killers, Franz Ferdinand, Gwen Stefani (special guest), Modest Mouse, Muse, Taking Back Sunday, The Shins, Keane, Snow Patrol, The Music|
|December 10–11, 2005||Night 1 (Saturday): System of a Down (headliner), Nine Inch Nails, Korn, Fall Out Boy, Avenged Sevenfold, Thrice, Rise Against|
|December 9–10, 2006||Night 1 (Saturday): Foo Fighters (headliner), AFI, Incubus, My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Thirty Seconds to Mars, Papa Roach, +44, Wolfmother, Saosin|
|December 8–9, 2007||Night 1 (Saturday): Linkin Park (headliner), Bad Religion, Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Serj Tankian, Angels & Airwaves, Paramore|
|December 13–14, 2008||Night 1 (Saturday): The Offspring (headliner), Stone Temple Pilots, Rise Against, AFI, Staind, Three Days Grace, Slightly Stoopid, Hollywood Undead|
|December 12–13, 2009||Night 1 (Saturday): AFI (headliner), Rise Against, Alice In Chains, Sublime with Rome (Surprise Appearance), Thirty Seconds to Mars, Three Days Grace, Dead By Sunrise, Anberlin|
|December 11–12, 2010||Night 1 (Saturday): The Smashing Pumpkins (headliner), Social Distortion, My Chemical Romance, Jimmy Eat World, Bad Religion, Cake, The Dirty Heads, Anberlin, Switchfoot, A Day to Remember|
|December 10–11, 2011||Night 1 (Saturday): Blink-182 (headliner), 311, Social Distortion, Sublime with Rome, Bush, Chevelle, Young the Giant, New Found Glory (Cancelled: Incubus)
Night 2 (Sunday): Jane's Addiction (headliner), The Black Keys, Mumford & Sons, Death Cab for Cutie, Florence and the Machine, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, Cage the Elephant, Foster the People, The Naked and Famous, Grouplove
|December 8–9, 2012||Night 1 (Saturday): Linkin Park (headliner), Rise Against, Bush, Garbage, Slightly Stupid, Awolnation, The Lumineers, Walk the Moon, The Gaslight Anthem, Two Door Cinema Club, Youngblood Hawke|
|December 7–8, 2013||Night 1 (Saturday): Kings of Leon (headliner), Vampire Weekend, Queens of the Stone Age, AFI, Arctic Monkeys, Cage the Elephant, Grouplove, Foals, New Politics
Night 2 (Sunday): Arcade Fire (headliner), Phoenix, Lorde, The Neighbourhood, Capital Cities, Fitz and the Tantrums, Portugal. The Man with special guest Curt Smith of Tears for Fears, Bastille, Atlas Genius
|December 13–14, 2014||Night 1 (Saturday): System of a Down (headliner), Linkin Park, Incubus, Fall Out Boy, Bush, Rise Against, Walk the Moon, New Politics, Royal Blood|
|December 12–13, 2015||Night 1 (Saturday): Disclosure (DJ set), Weezer, Twenty One Pilots, Cage The Elephant, Bastille, Silversun Pickups, Awolnation, X Ambassadors, Foals, Halsey, The Struts
Night 2 (Sunday): Fall Out Boy (headliner), Of Monsters and Men, Chris Cornell, Cold War Kids, Panic! at the Disco, The Neighbourhood, The 1975, George Ezra, Elle King, James Bay, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness
|December 10–11, 2016||Night 1 (Saturday): The Strumbellas, X Ambassadors, M83, AFI, Jimmy Eat World, Kings of Leon, blink-182 (headliner).|
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