Observatory North Park: Year in Photos

We take a look back at all the great shows at Observatory North Park in 2015 -- including Morrissey, Father John Misty, the Growlers and more.

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Fatima Kelley
What a year 2015 turned out to be for the Observatory North Park. After taking over the North Park Theatre in January, the venue welcomed huge act after huge act -- like Morrissey's (seen here) two-night stand in August.
Alex Matthews
Father John Misty took a break in-between Coachella weekends for an incredible, sold-out show at the venue on Tuesday, April 14.
And who could forget the Growlers' sold-out May 9 show? The Long Beach-based psych pop band packed 'em in.
Chuck Lapinsky
Iconic alt-country chanteuse, Lucinda Williams brought "something wicked" fun to the Observatory North Park on Feb. 21.
Fatima Kelley
Originally hailing from Fullerton, California, Cold War Kids brought the indie rock battle to North Park for a show on Feb. 25.
Grammy Award-winner and guest singer on Gotye's "Somebody That I Used to Know," New Zealand-based songstress Kimbra popped in on April 8, before her Coachella 2015 performance.
Alex Matthews
Also taking the Coachella train to San Diego, Josh Tillman -- aka Father John Misty -- and his band hit up the Observatory North Park on April 14.
Dan Chusid
Another Coachella stop over, Scotland's Belle and Sebastian made their long-awaited return to San Diego on April 17.
Fatima Kelley
We've never seen so many folks moshing to some of the chillest music around when the Growlers hit the club on May 9.
Connie Bolger
The Chris Robinson Brotherhood came to town on May 29 -- featuring, you guessed it, the Black Crowes' lead singer Chris Robinson on vocals/guitar.
Fatima Kelley
Founded in 1977, Misfits are a punk band often recognized as the progenitors of the horror punk sub-genre -- blending punk rock and other musical influences with horror film themes and imagery. The band played the venue on June 21 this year.
Fatima Kelley
John Hancock
Pop star/songwriter Charli XCX -- who gained mainstream exposure after writing Icona Pop's massive single "I Love It" -- turned the Observatory North Park into a spectacle on July 21.
John Hancock
Bleachers -- an indie-pop group formed by fun. lead guitarist Jack Antonoff -- took the stage before Charli XCX.
Alex Matthews
Between the Buried and Me brought a healthy dose of prog metal through the club on July 22.
Fatima Kelley
Aug. 20 and 21 saw the Smiths' famed singer, Morrissey, headline the Observatory North Park.
Dan Chusid
Mod rock legend Paul Weller hit the club on Tuesday, Oct. 6.
Ryan Cowen
The Black Lips performed at the Observatory North Park on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Ryan Cowen
Black Lips.
Ryan Cowen
Ariel Pink brought his lo-fi oddball act through town on Sunday, Oct. 18.
Alex Matthews
Ghost pummeled the Observatory North Park on Nov. 2, 2015, after originally being scheduled to play there a few days earlier. The band had to postpone the show to appear on the Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
Alex Matthews
All of the Swedish metal band's band members dress up as the Nameless Ghouls while its lead singer, known as Papa Emeritus III, sports a skeleton pope outfit. The band's real identities remain a mystery to the public.
Fatima Kelley
King Diamond performed his 1987 masterpiece, "Abigail," in full at the Observatory North Park on Nov. 4.
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