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Happy Ears with OTOjOY at Phoenix Lights 2018

Pictured above: Gramatik at the Invasion stage, photo by Phil MacDonald

Earlier this month, Phoenix Lights touched down in Chandler, Arizona, April 7-8, 2018. The festival name is a nod to the original Phoenix Lights incident of March 13, 1997 when there were widespread reports of UFO sightings in Phoenix, which were later identified as flares from military aircraft. The two-day music festival pays homage to the original incident with its extraterrestrial-inspired stages, dancers, and décor. This year’s event featured artists from a spectrum of genres, like hip-hop acts Gucci Mane and Travis Scott, to dubstep/bass artists Zomboy and Seven Lions, instrumental-infused sets like Gramatik and Goldfish, and EDM artists like Diplo and Martin Garrix, just to name a few. It was the first time Phoenix Lights took place at its new venue, The Park at Wild Horse Pass. In addition to the new venue, festival producers Relentless Beats welcomed a service designed for people who are hard of hearing, provided by a company called OTOjOY. The goal of the service is to provide better listening experiences at festivals and beyond, a relevant goal as the world celebrates International Noise Awareness Day today.

Founder Thomas Kaufmann and Outreach Specialist Micah Thomas at Phoenix Lights

OTOjOY Founder Thomas Kaufmann and Outreach Specialist Micah Thomas at Phoenix Lights

OTOjOY Founder Thomas Kaufmann and Outreach Specialist Micah Thomas were available to fill in the details of the service:

The technology is known as an assistive listening system. This particular one is called a hearing loop. It was originally meant for people who are hard of hearing – either people who were born hard of hearing or people who have lost their hearing throughout their lives – to enhance their experience. They really need that clearer sound and they need amplification that hearing aids provide for their specific hearing pattern. With this technology we’re getting a direct feed, direct audio signal from the mixing console and we’re sending that to people’s ears. 80% of all hearing aids in the market today and all cochlear implants are compatible with this type of technology. People can use their existing devices and just press a button on it and they’re tapped right into the sound system. They essentially get better sound quality than anybody who just uses their ears and loudspeakers. It’s interesting because it was meant for people who are hard of hearing, but it can really provide a benefit to anybody who has ears. We’re in the process of making that shift towards serving the general public with this, and not just people with hearing loss.

OTOjOY Accessible Area at the Mothership Stage

OTOjOY accessible area at the Mothership Stage, photo by Thomas Kaufmann

Attendees with hearing aids or cochlear implants are able to connect to the OTOjOY hearing loop within about a 10-yard radius of the sound booths for the two largest stages at Phoenix lights, the Mothership and Invasion stages. Headphones are also available for anyone without a hearing device wanting to listen in. Thomas elaborates on the wireless technology used for the hearing loop:

The way it works is we have an amplifier that connects directly to the mixing console and gets that direct feed. From there, we have a wire that is embedded in the ground and acts as an antenna. The current that flows through the wire creates a magnetic field that emanates into the space. As soon as you’re in that zone inside the wired area, you can pick up the signal. It’s very directional. You essentially have perimeter control over the sound. Once you step outside of it, you don’t hear it anymore. You can even create areas that are relatively close to each other and you can step outside of one and the sound fades out, you walk into the next one and it fades in.

While using OTOjOY’s technology, one of things a listener might notice is that there is no latency between the audio from the stage speakers and the OTOjOY hearing loop. Thomas mentions that the reason for this is the tried-and-tested technology he’s using that dates back decades:

The fundamentals of this technology have been around since the 1930s. The first patent for an audio frequency induction loop system was filed in 1937. That’s how long this stuff has been around. Not with the fidelity we have today, but in essence the same principle. The actual transmission from our amplifier to the hearing device or the wearable headset receiver is analog. That’s why we don’t have any latency. Whenever you go to a digital transmission, you need to encode the signal, you need to have data packets and then you’re potentially crowding the frequency space and might end up with interference with other devices, connectivity issues, and latency. If you strip it all the way down to just the analog audio transmission, there is no delay whatsoever. You put on the device and then you just melt into the sound.

The concept of OTOjOY might sound somewhat similar to another feature common at festivals: silent disco. At a silent disco, attendees enter a fenced off perimeter where they are handed a pair of headphones, connecting them to the audio feed of the artists performing. The only audio output available are the headphones; no speakers are playing. Thomas describes the difference:

At a silent disco event, you’re somewhat isolated in your bubble with your headphones on. You can’t really communicate with the people around you, whereas with this, depending on the device you’re using, you still perceive your environment like you usually would. Then, you get this augmented layer of clear sound on top of it. That’s really what makes the difference. We call this an “open fit,” where your ears aren’t plugged up or what we call “occluded.”

In addition to the augmented audio, users of the OTOjOY app have access to real-time closed captioning via automatic speech recognition provided through the app. For an example of OTOjOY’s technology in action, including the real-time closed captioning, take a look at one of their videos.

The vision Thomas has for OTOjOY’s future is providing experiences where an event could have the volume of the loudspeaker system turned down slightly, but augmented with individual hearing devices. This would have the benefits of protecting people’s ears from being damaged and solving the issue of audio bleed-over between stages, all while giving listeners more personal control over the volume and equalizer settings to customize  their experience. It also has the added benefit of potentially solving noise ordinance issues with local communities, as a result of the lowered main volume.

Originally from Germany, Thomas founded OTOjOY because of his extensive background in music and physics, getting involved in the world of electrical engineering when he was only 7 years old: “I built my first electromagnet when I was 7. My dad is an electrical engineer. That fascinating experience fueled my passion for electronics. I started soldering circuit boards when I was 12 or so. Then music came into play.”

He started DJing at parties with friends around the age of 13, landing his first paid gig when he was 15 years old. When he was 18, he started his own DJ booking agency and began performing at corporate events for companies like Audi, IKEA, and T-Mobile. Physics, electronics, and music began to mesh for him once he studied at the graduate level, completing a graduate program in physics at the University of Bonn in Germany, spending a year of research on magnetic resonance. He later moved to Santa Barbara to pursue a PhD in chemistry, continuing his work on magnetic resonance. One and a half years into his studies, he started OTOjOY, and half a year after that, he decided to leave the PhD program with a Master of Science degree in chemistry instead in order to run OTOjOY full-time. Thomas credits his international background as being a motivation for his work in the United States:

It’s interesting having that international background and the perception of how this technology is widespread in Europe and how in the US, we’re so behind on that. The infrastructure is a lot more established in Europe, leading to a bigger market for our consumer products. In comparison, here in the US, there are lots of opportunities to transform the market. Not just in the music world, but also in audiology when it comes to hearing aids. In the US, hearing aids are sold in a medical environment, where you make an appointment with a doctor in a medical suite and people feel like they’re being treated for a disease. In Europe, especially in the Netherlands and German-speaking countries, it’s all in a retail environment. You walk into a store that has the appeal of an Apple Store and it feels much more like purchasing a lifestyle product, something that enhances your quality of life. It’s a completely different perception and approach.

He breaks the US audiology market down into three segments: health — hearing aids and cochlear implants; lifestyle — personal sound amplifiers and smart earbuds, which can be similar to inexpensive/introductory hearing aids; and entertainment — headphones and earphones. He sees these markets merging into one, so that eventually, they will all provide a similar set of features and experiences. He notes that the convergence between the medical and entertainment worlds is already happening. For example, some high-end hearing aids can now stream Bluetooth audio from smartphones or media players. On the other hand, his LoopBuds incorporate features that were traditionally only found in hearing aids. However, one of the biggest hurdles Thomas sees is that hearing loop technology needs to become more widely adopted and available throughout day-to-day life:

You can think of theaters, places of worship, and movie theaters, those are the obvious ones. But, you could also use the technology at airports for gate announcements or any other type of public transportation or at ticket counters. Really, any situation where you have a glass window and people communicate through a microphone and a little loudspeaker that I can’t hear well most of the time. You could use hearing loop technology at retail stores, bank teller windows, drive-ups for fast-food restaurants, check-outs at grocery stores, their meat counters, fish counters, customer service desks. You name it. Essentially, we could create this fully integrated experience into your day-to-day life, where you wear a “hearable” all day long. Whenever you walk up to a place that features the technology, you get that clean sound and not the distorted DMV experience. ‘Now serving G zero two five at window number 12.’ I think my vision lies something like 5 to 10 years in the future, when this could really become transformative on so many levels.

Watching Zomboy perform from an OTOjOY accessible area at the Mothership Stage

Zomboy performance from an OTOjOY accessible area at the Mothership Stage, photo by Victor Tranfield

Thomas sees the festival environment as a place to grow awareness and propel hearing loops into the mainstream. For now, the issue is that not enough people know that this technology even exists. Micah, the company’s Outreach Specialist comments:

If there’s an opportunity to make the system available on a larger scale, it would be fun to see how it would change things. Where we are now, not enough people know about it and people don’t know that they could have such a better experience at a concert. People put up with what concerts have become. They put up with the sound bleeding over from different stages. They put up with not being able to hear lyrics. They put up with having a ringing in their ears after a show. All those things are problems we can easily fix.

Thomas reiterates the importance of more awareness of hearing loops: “A lot of times, the need isn’t even perceived, because the people that need it aren’t aware of the technology and then don’t speak up to the promoters or the venue operators that would provide it.” He’s thankful for Relentless Beats’ early adoption and support:

Relentless Beats are one of the first promoters who are embracing and really pioneering this technology. They’re open to it, they see the importance of providing a better experience for the people who are hard of hearing and have the need for better sound quality and they’re really curious about seeing how this could be applied on a larger scale. They’re helping us push the boundaries and I think they are seeing the future.

OTOjOY has become a regular fixture at Relentless Beats events. After providing service at Phoenix Lights, OTOjOY made an appearance at ODESZA’s Phoenix stop of their 2018 A Moment Apart Tour. ODESZA have also been an early supporter of OTOjOY, and the service has made appearances at festivals like Coachella, Lightning in a Bottle, and Bonanza Campout.

For more information on OTOjOY, checkout some example videos or read what Thomas has to say about his journey to creating OTOjOY.

Phoenix Lights Day 1 Photos
Phoenix Lights Day 2 Photos

Relentless Beats Announces the Return of Goldrush

Goldrush 2018 Pre-sale

Phoenix, AZ (April 18, 2018) – Relentless Beats is excited to announce the return of Goldrush Music Festival, one of 2017’s best received new festival experiences, taking place at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, Arizona, September 29 and 30, 2018. Following the success of the inaugural festival, which saw over 25,000 prospectors rush upon Relentless Beats’ blend of the Wild West, year two will dig further into the musical amalgamation of styles, tastes and energy. The fully immersive two-day festival will welcome electronic dance music and hip-hop fans from across the country to discover and experience world class DJs, across four expertly curated stages. The lineup will be announced in the coming week, with further details to accompany it. In the meantime, let’s go back and experience everything that makes Goldrush the can’t miss festival of the Fall. #InGoldWeTrust #CanYouDigIt

Rawhide Western Town & Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is a mere 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. The venue hosts several marquee Relentless Beats events, including; BOO!, CRUSH AZ, Decadence, Global Dance Festival, and other major artist concerts.

A limited number of pre-sale general admission passes will go on sale Friday, April 20, at 10 a.m. MST, starting at $119 for a two-day pass. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Platinum VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the Golden Gorge stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. VIP options are available starting at $199 for a two-day pass and you must be 18 for Standard VIP and 21 and up for Platinum VIP to purchase. Table service will be available at the Golden Gorge stage. The general on sale will begin on Friday, April 27 at 10 a.m. MST. All ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Goldrush is a 18+ event..

Goldrush is produced by Relentless Beats, Universatile Music and Global Dance. Visit www.goldrushfestaz.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GoldrushFestAZ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldrushFestAZ.

Wet Electric Announces 2018 Lineup

Wet Electric 2018 Lineup

Phoenix, Arizona (March 23, 2018) – Presented by Activated Events and Relentless Beats, Wet Electric returns Saturday, April 28, 2018, to Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, Arizona. Back for its 8th rendition, the country’s largest waterpark music festival continues to make tidal waves of sound by announcing Adventure Club; Bro Safari; Crizzly; Dr. Fresch; Loud Luxury and Sevenn. Additionally, the Relentless Beats premiere house, techno, and underground brand, RBDeep, will host a takeover during the festival boasting performances from some of the biggest names in the scene. Artists slated to take the RBDeep Stage include: JPhlip; SNBRN; Codes; Lavelle Dupree (of Scooter & Lavelle); Shift K3Y and Worthy b2b option4. Fast becoming a favorite aquatic adventure among fans, past installments of Wet Electric have included: Tiesto; Diplo; Dillon Francis; Dada Life; Eric Prydz; Borgore; Destructo; Justin Jay; Dash Berlin and more.

Big Surf Waterpark is located in Tempe, Arizona and features a 2.5 million gallon wave pool, which is the largest in the country. Wet Electric will be fans’ first chance to experience Big Surf for the season, which officially opens on May 6th. The event features world renowned artists and DJs, the largest wavepool in the country, waterslides, luxury cabanas, bars and much more. Wet Electric is a truly unique experience as it combines the thrills of a waterpark along with the sights and sounds of an electronic music festival.

General Admission tickets are on sale now for $49 plus fees. VIP passes, as well as the Super Party Pack Daybed Packages and Big Wave Cabana Packages are available starting at $125 plus fees. Lockers are available for rental at $15 plus fees. VIP is an 18+ area. For full details and to purchase tickets visit www.wet-electric.com. Wet Electric is an 18 and over event.

Wet Electric is produced by Activated Events and Relentless Beats. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on Wet Electric and all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

Live & Love Relentlessly at Decadence AZ 2017

DecadenceAZ 2017 Sunset

This past December 30-31, 2017, thousands of music enthusiasts took over the Rawhide Western Town & Event Center in Chandler, AZ, for Arizona’s biggest New Year’s Eve celebration, Decadence. Festival producers Relentless Beats and Global Dance pulled in 12,000 attendants per day, with a lineup that featured a cast of national acts including Armin van Buuren, Big Wild, Borgore, Boys Noize, Duke Dumont, Galantis, Justice, Louis the Child, Madeon, Oliver Heldens, What So Not, Zedd, Zeds Dead, Zhu, and many more. The two-day event featured two main indoor stages: The Diamond Atrium and Sapphire Ballroom, along with the outdoor Ruby Courtyard and carnival rides.

Big Wild at DecadenceAZ 2017

Big Wild performing in the Sapphire Ballroom. Photo by Victor Tranfield

With a number of destructive natural disasters and unusual political phenomena in the US, many would consider 2017 a wild and tumultuous year. Perhaps that’s why 2017 also seemed to be a big year for music and festivals, as people search for a means of community, especially in the festival realm: a place to escape the distractions of the world and find love and peace. On that note, we reached out to several artists and people in the industry to ask them:

“Can you recall a particular moment that stands out, which happened in 2017 that you think exemplifies the unifying power of music?” Here’s what they had to say:

Snails
“The power of music is crazy. People can just forget everything and be with their friends and just have fun. That’s what it’s all about. A very special moment for me this year was pressing play at my Sluggtopia Red Rocks show in front of 10k people and everyone coming together for the moment and forgetting about everything else. Can’t wait for 2018!”

BIJOU
“For me that moment was EDC Las Vegas. This year has been an extremely difficult for many around the world. To have the opportunity to play on that size of a stage and watch every single person out there forget about all their problems and issues is truly empowering. It was a moment I’ll never forget and a moment that the music really brought everyone together as a whole. It’s really a beautiful thing that I feel like only music can do for such an audience.”

BIJOU DecadenceAZ 2017

BIJOU performing at the Diamond Atrium. Photo by Phil MacDonald

Thomas Turner of Relentless Beats
“When we announced Goldrush many were concerned overlapping fan bases might lead to an environment different than the one we have built in our electronic music scene. To witness it in fact be a cohesive event with many musical tastes coming together was such an amazing feeling. Arizona is really special place.”

Black Tiger Sex Machine
“It’s tough to single out a specific moment, so we are just going to choose our entire Midnight Terror Tour in 2017. We had the chance to play across all of North America in the span of a few weeks and it was our biggest tour yet. We always expect the smaller intimate shows to have a real unifying vibe, but we were so amazed to see these larger crowds coming together and enjoying themselves in such a positive way. And it wasn’t just one specific area. People all over are in tune with this idea of community and spreading positivity. It makes us really hopeful about the future, in spite of all the craziness that can happen in the world.

Music won’t hate. Music won’t judge. Music is here to stay. Music is our religion.”

While artists had the chance to reflect on the previous year, we spoke to festival attendants to ask the oft repeated New Year’s question: “what is your new years resolution?” While the festival’s name might betray a sense of extravagance, luxury, or self-indulgence, a fitting theme for an atmosphere of celebration, the reality is the responses were far humbler. In fact, festival owner Thomas Turner commented that Decadence was really about giving “our fans the most elaborate and immersive experience yet. Think of it as a ’Thank You’ for a great 2017 and a toast to an even bigger new year.” In other words, Decadence is less focused on self-indulgence and more of an unrestrained thank-you to the music community.

When festivalgoers were asked about their New Year’s resolutions, the responses resoundingly revolved around several key themes: self-improvement, self-love, helping those less fortunate, being more accepting, and being more environmentally conscious. When questioned, one festival attendant responded: “After 2017, I think we could all use a little more love.”

As thousands of people at Decadence danced, laughed, and celebrated the beginning of 2018 together, with a raucous celebration to end 2017, positivity was in the air; music enthusiasts radiated with a bright outlook entering the new year. Decadence Arizona 2017 was a magical weekend; take that magic that brings people together, share it with the world, and live and love relentlessly in 2018. Welcome to the future!

Editor’s Note: This was a collaborative article by Phil MacDonald and Victor Tranfield, with a special thank you to Caren West PR for assisting with artist relations.

DecadenceAZ 2017 Unicorns

Festivals: where magical things happen, like unicorns riding unicorns. Photo by Victor Tranfield

Crush Arizona Returns Feb. 17 2018

Crush Arizona 2018

The 9th Annual Crush Arizona returns February 17, 2018, at Rawhide Event Center. Presented by Relentless Beats and Insomniac Events, Arizona’s longest standing EDM festival will feature: Kaskade; Carnage; Getter; Crankdat; Grandtheft; Volac; Gerry Gonza and more. Fast becoming a favorite among fans, past installments have featured: Porter Robinson; Dada Life; Borgeous; Black Tiger Sex Machine; Chris Lorenzo; Bro Safari; Keys N Krates; DVBBS; GTA; Seven Lions; Jauz; SayMyName; Infected Mushroom; Tritonal; Laidback Luke; Bart BMore; Max Vangeli; Harvard Bass; Richard Durand and Yellow Claw, among others.

“When I started Crush 10 years ago, I never would have thought it would have become one of Arizona’s most anticipated events,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “It’s amazing to see how it has grown and become a big part of what Relentless Beats does.”

Rawhide Western Town & Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is a mere 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. The venue hosts several marquee Relentless Beats events, including; Global Dance Festival, BOO!, Decadence, CRUSH AZ and Phoenix Lights Festival.

General Admission passes are on sale for $70. VIP passes, with access to preferred VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms, commemorative lanyard, express entry and passed deserts are available starting at $115. VIP is 21+ area. Purchase tickets online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Crush Arizona is an 18 and over event.

Crush Arizona is produced by Relentless Beats and Insomniac Events. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on Crush Arizona and all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

Phoenix Lights Announces 2018 Lineup

Phoenix Lights 2018 Lineup

Arizona’s leading dance music and EDM promoter, Relentless Beats, has announced the return of Phoenix Lights Festival, April 7 and 8, 2018. Showcasing the dexterity of their team with an 11th hour venue shift in 2017, Relentless Beats has found a permanent venue for its marquee festival in the custom-built Park at Wild Horse Pass. Specifically designed for Relentless Beats and its events, this brand-new venue provides the ability to expand and create the best possible fan experience, with limitless possibilities for Phoenix Lights and much more.

“Phoenix Lights has and continues to be an amazing event for us, each year growing bigger and better,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “This growth has created the need to address our venue options so that we are providing a consistent foundation our fans can look forward to. It is in this spirit that I am excited to announce The Park at Wild Horse Pass as the location for Phoenix Lights 2018.”

Appropriately, Phoenix Lights will be the first of Relentless Beats’ marquee events to take place at The Park at Wild Horse Pass. Given that the event continues to outgrow its previous homes, it is no surprise that the lineup is reflective of this progress. Boasting over 25 artists, the first round of artists includes headliners: Diplo; Gucci Mane (AZ Festival Debut); Martin Garrix (AZ Festival Debut); and support: Autograf; Bad Decisions; Beats Antique (DJ set); Chris Lake; Goldfish; Gramatik; Joyride; Kasbo; Kuuro; Melvv; Minnesota; Morgan Page; Oshi; Seven Lions; and Zomboy. Additionally, Relentless Beats’ premiere house, techno, and underground brand, RBDeep, will return to host a stage with performances by: Bruno Furlan; Christoph; Eli & Fur; Huxley; Lee Foss; MK; Umek and Will Clarke. A second round of performers will be announced after the first of the year and will include national talent, spanning three stages.

The Park at Wild Horse Pass is a brand new venue experience, specifically created with Relentless Beats and its events in mind. The custom built park situated at Wild Horse Pass in Chandler, Arizona, is being optimized in order to provide the best possible experience for the Valley’s biggest promoter of electronic dance music events. To be completed in a series of phases over the course of 2018, with the first event being Phoenix Lights, the park is situated adjacent to Rawhide Event Center, on a mostly grass plot able to handle the steady growth of Relentless Beats’ marquee events, including: CRUSH, Phoenix Lights, Global Dance Festival, Goldrush and more. Carrying the full support of the local community, The Park at Wild Horse Pass will provide an experience that will be devoid of the sound and size restrictions that were often a hinderance at previous venues. The park is set to open in April 2018.

General Admission passes for Phoenix Lights Festival are on sale Friday, December 22, 2017 at 10 a.m. for $119, before fees. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides, plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Gold VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag and festival concierge. You must be 21+ to purchase Gold VIP passes. All details and ticket types are available online at www.phoenixlightsfest.com and www.relentlessbeats.com. Phoenix Lights is an all ages event. Fans under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Phoenix Lights Festival is produced by Relentless Beats. Visit www.phoenixlightsfest.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Instagram and Twitter at @PHXLightsFest and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/PhoenixLightsFestival.

Phoenix Lights Returns in April 2018

Phoenix Lights 2018

As hints of an impending transmission began to trickle out over the airwaves, it can now be confirmed that the Lights will indeed return this April 7-8, 2018. Entering its fourth incarnation and coming off a year which saw Pollstar recognizing the festival for its amazing organizational dexterity (Phoenix Lights Shines In Rawhide), Phoenix Lights has emerged as the marquee event produced by Relentless Beats–nearly doubling each year and welcoming some of the biggest and most exciting talent the genre has to offer.

With the incredible support Relentless Beats saw from its fans this year, special pre-sale tickets for Phoenix Lights will be made available at the price of $109 for weekend passes, beginning Friday, December 15th at 10 a.m. Tickets will be available online at www.phoenixlightsfest.com and www.relentlessbeats.com. Phoenix Lights Festival is for ages 18 and over. Keep your eyes peeled as additional transmissions will be coming from Relentless Beats starting Monday, December 18.

Decadence AZ 2017 Final Lineup

Decadence Arizona 2017

Phoenix, AZ (November 2, 2017) – Relentless Beats has added a string of fan-favorite artists, to round out the lineup for Decadence NYE– Arizona’s largest two-day New Year’s Eve celebration taking place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler on December 30 and 31, 2017. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the fourth annual festival features some of electronic dance music’s biggest and most buzz-worthy artists. Boys Noize; Duke Dumont; Loud Luxury; Madeon; Paz and Sluggo are the newest additions to nearly 30 previously announced artists. This year Decadence AZ will feature two main stages, each with its own vibe and musical appeal- Diamond Atrium and Sapphire Ballroom, along with state-of-the-art production, dazzling carnival rides, an epic countdown & balloon drop, art walk, immersive decor, and much more.

Diamond Atrium: Armin Van Buuren (AZ festival debut); Black Tiger Sex Machine; Borgore; Crywolf; Deorro; Galantis; Loud Luxury; Louis the Child; Medasin (AZ debut); Oliver Heldens; Party Favor; Sluggo; Snails; Steve Aoki; What So Not; Zedd and Zeds Dead b2b Jauz.

Sapphire Ballroom: Big Wild; Bijou; Boys Noize; Chet Porter; Destructo; Duke Dumont; Gerry Gonza; Justice (dj set/AZ debut); K?D; Madeon; Paz; Petit Biscuit; Rufus Du Sol; Tchami; Tokimonsta and ZHU.

“New Year’s at Decadence is something that always should be over- the-top,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “This year we are going beyond the world-class acts, to give our fans the most elaborate and immersive experience yet. Think of it as a ’Thank You’ for a great 2017 and a toast to an even bigger new year.”

Rawhide Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is just 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. Relentless Beats will be transforming Rawhide’s Frontier Hall into the Arizona’s biggest super-club for a decadent two nights. Guests are invited to indulge and live lavishly one last time, as they say good-bye to 2017 and prepare to welcome the fresh beginnings of a new year.

General Admission passes for Decadence AZ are on sale now for $189, plus fees for a 2-day pass. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Platinum VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. You must be age 21 and up to purchase Platinum VIP passes. Table service will be available at both main stages. Single day passes are now on sale for $109 and $119, before fees, for Saturday and Sunday respectively. For full details and all ticket options, visit www.decadencearizona.com. Decadence Arizona is an ages 18 and over event.

Decadence Arizona is produced by Relentless Beats and Global Dance. Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Twitter at www.twitter.com/RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

Relentlessbeats & Surreal Partnership for Goldrush AZ

Goldrush Surreal Partnership

Phoenix, AZ (October 26, 2017) – Relentless Beats is pleased to announce its partnership with Surreal, a fundraising platform that works with festivals and musicians to offer fans once-in-a-lifetime experiences, with proceeds benefiting a charity of its choice. Beginning with Goldrush Music Festival, a two-day event at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona this November 18 and 19, 2017, Relentless Beats and Surreal have created five separate artist-based experiences which fans can enter with one winner chosen for each. Each winner will receive a VIP ticket to Goldrush Music Festival for themselves and a friend, as well as the artist experience they entered. Net proceeds from the campaign will benefit Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization which exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children.

Utilizing the lineup from Goldrush Music Festival the artist-based experiences are to include: a Wild West photoshoot with Marshmello; a backstage BBQ with Claude VonStroke; skydiving with Ghastly; an on-stage soundcheck with Keys N Krates and a meet & greet with Droeloe and San Holo. Running from October 26th through to November 10th, fans can enter by submitting a mail-in entry or through several different donation tiers.* The various tiers include: one entry for $5.00, 6 entries for $20.00 or 25 entries for $50.00 into any individual experience. Additionally, a fan can also donate $15.00 and receive one entry into each of the five experiences.

After announcing Goldrush this past summer, Relentless Beats made quick work of building the hype for this brand new festival by announcing over 50 artists, including headliners: Marshmello; Migos; Dillon Francis; Lil Uzi Vert and RL Grime, as well as special performances by Excision and Claude VonStroke. The fully immersive two-day festival will welcome electronic dance music and hip-hop prospectors from across the country to discover and experience world class DJs, on four distinct stages. Fans can visit www.givesurreal.com for full details and to enter.

General Admission passes for Goldrush Music Festival are on sale now for $179, before fees. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Gold VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. You must be age 21 and up to purchase Gold VIP passes. Table options overlooking the Golden Gorge stage are currently available. Single day passes are now on sale for $89 and $79, before fees, for Saturday and Sunday respectively. All details and ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Goldrush is an all ages event. Fans under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Goldrush is produced by Relentless Beats, Universatile Music and Global Dance. Visit www.goldrushfestaz.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GoldrushFestAZ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldrushFestAZ.

GOLDRUSH x SURREAL VIDEO

About Surreal:
Surreal is a fundraising platform that partners with festivals and music artists to offer their fans unforgettable experiences, with proceeds going to the charity of their choice. To participate, anyone can donate as little as $5 for a chance to win the experience –providing an engaging way to create positive exposure, raise awareness, and make a difference in the world. Follow us on Instagram.

About Childhelp:
A national nonprofit organization founded in 1959 by Sara O’Meara and Yvonne Fedderson, Childhelp exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. We focus our efforts on advocacy, prevention, treatment, and community outreach. Visit www.childhelp.org for more information.

*A payment, purchase, or donation is not necessary for entry, nor will it improve your chances of winning. For details on how to enter without making a donation, see the official sweepstakes rules.

Goldrush Announces Themed Stages

Goldrush Music Festival 2017

Phoenix, AZ – Building off of the Wild West concept created for this brand new experience, Relentless Beats has announced details and the lineups behind the three main stages for the two-day event at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona this November 18 and 19, 2017. Tapping musical talent from across the globe, each of the four stages will have its own distinct musical focus and vibe, ranging from electronic and dance to hip-hop and bass and of course the RBDeep signature sounds of techno, house and underground. A fourth stage featuring local talent will be announced in the coming weeks. Goldrush Music Festival stages and lineups are as follows:

GOLDEN GORGE
A place thought long to be a myth exists in the deep canyons of the Wild West. With the sonic echo of loud vibrations, mesmerizing lights, and the most sought after resource in all of Arizona… pure gold, welcome to the Golden Gorge, featuring: Marshmello; Migos; Dillon Francis; Lil Uzi Vert; RL Grime; Drezo; Droeloe; Ghastly; Habstrakt; Hippie Sabotage; Judge; Keys N Krates; Lost Kings; Rezz; San Holo and a special performance by Excision.

Golden Gorge - Goldrush 2017

PIONEER PEAK
Law-abiding citizens and bandits alike gather from all over the Wild West to celebrate the finest in hip-hop, bass, and dirty vibes. Showcasing the O.G. pioneers, along with those trailblazing into new territory, Pioneer Peak will feature: A-Trak b2b Baauer; Azizi Gibson; Barclay Crenshaw; Blu J; Brillz; Flatbush Zombies; Francis Derelle; G-Buck; GG Magree; Injury Reserve; Lil Pump; Malaa; Mija; Party Thieves; Rich Chigga; Smokepurpp; $uicideboy$; Snow tha Product; SuperDuperKyle; and Ugly God.

Pioneer Peak - Goldrush 2017

THE HIDEOUT
Outlaws of techno, house, and underground rejoice! This RBDeep fueled sanctuary was built with you in mind. Gather with like-minded citizens of the West and explore the musical frontier with sounds from: Claude VonStroke; Bart Skils; Camelphat; Christian Martin; HOSH; Jeremy Olander; Justin Jay; Mikey Lion and Lee Reynolds; Nicole Moudaber; Oona Dahl; Paco Osuna; Shiba San; Sonny Fodera; and Walker & Royce.

The Hideout Pioneer Peak - Goldrush 2017

Rawhide Event Center is situated on the Gila River Indian Community and is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue. Located just south of Phoenix, the venue is a mere 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport in Chandler, AZ. The venue hosts several marquee Relentless Beats events, including; Global Dance Festival, BOO!, Decadence, CRUSH AZ and Phoenix Lights Festival.

Leading up to the inaugural Goldrush Music Festival, Relentless Beats will be hosting a series of Goldrush Expeditions. Kicking off with Ghastly, K?d and Fight Club at The Van Buren on September 30th, before journeying to Salt for Tacos y Tequila with TM88 this past Friday, the series includes a mix of showcases and a DJ competition, all building towards one of the biggest events the Valley has seen. The next expedition will be October 20th, at The Van Buren and feature: Drezo; Wax Motif; Gladiator; Nukid; and Gerry Gonza. A final expedition will take place the night before the festival with Gina Turner at BFF at Bar Smith. Finally, the Goldrush Music Festival DJ Competition Finals will take place November 4th at the Monarch Theatre, with the winner receiving a slot at an upcoming Relentless Beats festival.

General Admission passes for Goldrush Music Festival are on sale now for $179, before fees. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA tickets provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Gold VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, steakhouse quality dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. You must be age 21 and up to purchase Gold VIP passes. Table options overlooking the Golden Gorge stage are currently available. Single day passes are now on sale for $89 and $79, before fees, for Saturday and Sunday respectively. All details and ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. Goldrush is an all ages event. Fans under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

Goldrush is produced by Relentless Beats, Universatile Music and Global Dance. Visit www.goldrushfestaz.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Twitter and Instagram at @GoldrushFestAZ and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GoldrushFestAZ.