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Finding Euphoria 2017

Alesso at Euphoria 2017

Earlier this month, about 50,000 music enthusiasts gathered at Carson Creek Ranch for the 6th annual Euphoria Music Festival, held from April 6-9, 2017. Tucked away along the Colorado River and on the outskirts of Austin, this year’s event included a diverse lineup of live music, DJs, and hip-hop artists, including artists like Alesso, Chromeo, Zeds Dead, Pretty Lights Live, The Floozies, Oliver Heldens, Moby, Papadosio, Yotto, Wiz Khalifa, and a slew of other musical talent. In addition to the music, Euphoria continued its successful Ecophoria initiative: a comprehensive program that aims to preserve Carson Creek Ranch and its surroundings. The Ecophoria initiative tackles some of the issues that affect music festivals by setting up donation bins drop-offs (to keep campers from leaving unwanted items behind), encouraging carpooling and recycling, setting up water stations for filling up reusable containers, employing a Green Team to manage waste and encourage mindful participation, organizing river cleanups, and more.

With the venue being so close to Austin, one might wonder how Euphoria could serve as a traditional escape from the mundane and normal life that many attendants tend to look for in a music festival, but upon arriving at Carson Creek Ranch, all doubts would be washed away upon seeing the musical sanctuary that hosts Euphoria. The festival features three stages, the largest of which is aptly named Euphoria, sporting pyrotechnics, fireworks, and a traditional array of lights and lasers to complement the musical performances. Due to unfortunate circumstances with flights, The Knocks were left grounded in Atlanta, with The Disco Biscuits filling in on Friday. In addition to the two sets of The Disco Biscuits, Pretty Lights Live closed out the main stage on Friday, putting on a display of live music, lights, and lasers—a relaxed way to kick-off an eventful weekend.

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Pretty Lights closing out the main stage Friday night at Euphoria 2017

The weekend kicked it up a notch at the main stage on Saturday evening. Poolside put on a show that was naturally appropriate for an early pool party vibe. Towards the end of their set, the percussionist jumped out into the crowd to join the dancing fans and to preach a message of love and friendship. Artists Bakermat and Bob Moses continued the trend of live instruments mixed together with DJing as Bakermat incorporated a live saxophonist, while Bob Moses performed with a live guitar, drums, and keyboard. The tempo increased later in the night as Oliver Heldens and Alesso played the last two dance-heavy sets of the main stage. Meanwhile, Chromeo’s Sunday performance felt retro with their Nu Disco style.

The Elements Stage displays a large colored cutout of a coyote’s head, with lights projecting onto the cutout, and illuminated eyes that scan the crowds at night—watchful eyes overlooking the dancing madness of the weekend. Friday night, Chet Porter put on a sunset performance, which was followed up by heavier acts like SPAG HEDDY, Minnesota, Mija, and Knife Party. Saturday night saw a mixture of dance music like CID and Alan Walker, mixed in with some hip-hop and rap like Post Malone and Young Thug. Sunday’s Elements Stage worked its way through some crunchier sounds, with artists like BREDE, The Widdler, and ill-esha, giving way to more dance-centric artists like The Funk Hunters, Lost Kings, and the legendary Moby. Zeds Dead closed out the main stage Sunday night with a grimey dubstep set that had the whole crowd going wild.

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Z’s up for Zeds Dead, closing out the Elements Stage on the last night of Euphoria 2017

The Dragonfly Stage sits adjacent to the Colorado River, with crowds facing the river. At night, projected lights bounce around the amphitheater and onto the river behind the stage, setting the tone for an immersive musical experience. FKJ (short for French Kiwi Juice) took full advantage of the Dragonfly ambience, getting the whole place groovy on Friday night. Meanwhile, Prince Fox incorporated his signature style of remixing old pop tracks into contemporary dance tunes. Later in the night, Yotto took the crowd on a musical journey through trance and house music.

Yotto at Euphoria 2017

Yotto at the Dragonfly Stage at Euphoria 2017

With a weekend full of musical diversity, taking place on sprawling fields and along the Colorado River, we found our euphoria at Euphoria Music Festival. Did you find yours?

Phoenix Lights 2017 Artist Preview

Phoenix Lights

Phoenix Lights 2017 takes place April 8-9, 2017, and this year’s line-up has a strong showing of talent. This event will take place at the Margaret T Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix and you can get your tickets from Relentless Beats. Here’s the break-down of some artists that are going to be there.

Saturday Lineup
Above & Beyond • Asadi • Bro Safari • Codeko • Dr Fresch vs Bijou • Ekali • Felix Da Housecat • Grum • Hucci • Illenium • Jax Jones • Josh Wink • Keys N Krates • Loudpvck • Low Steppa • Pete Tong• Sacha Robotti • Said the Sky • Shaun Frank • Sirus Hood • Tchami • Tiësto • Tiga • Vindata • Wingtip • Zeds Dead

Asadi
Young Columbus, Ohio Dj, producer, singer, songwriter, and musician Daniel Asadi is just starting to perform for big crowds. Don’t let that fool you though Asadi absolutely knows how to work that DJ booth. He also has some big shows coming up this year: Electric Forest, Euphoria, and Elements Lakewood Camping Festival to name a few. He makes Persian trap sound amazingly flawless. Some artists that have influenced his sound would be Travis Scott, Mura Masa, and Kendrick Lamar. It will be exciting seeing what this young man has to perform at Phoenix Lights.

Illenium
Denver resident Nick Miller, better known as Illenium, began making EDM in early 2008, but didn’t become passionate about releasing his
own work until after he saw Bassnectar in 2012 at Red Rocks. Some music influences are Bassnectar, Adventure Club, ODESZA and Porter Robinson. Nick actually launched his own label, Kasaya Recording, to release “Ashes” with Seeking Blue. In Illenium’s live shows, he engages fans with his with future bass originals and he has a hybrid set up of drum pads, keyboards, and CDJs. He loves to incorporate as many live elements to his shows as he can. This live show will be something to see and hear.

Tchami
French producer and DJ Martin Bresso, known as Tchami, is the pioneer of Future house. Tchami began using this stage name in Africa and became recognized after releasing a remix of “Go Deep” by Janet Jackson. He was the first to start using the term “future house” in his SoundCloud post tags which eventually become recognized in the electronic music industry. He launched his own record label, “Confession”, in 2015. Tchami is bringing a stunning church stage with a live choir, which will bring another level to his stage presence at Phoenix Lights.

Sunday Lineup
21 Savage • Alesso • Billy Kenny • Cashmere Cat • Coyu • Crizzly • Ganja White Night • Go Freek • Griz • Helena Legend • Justin Martin • K?D • The Knocks • Lane 8 • Manila Killa • Oliver Heldens • Pig & Dan • STS9 • Thomas Jack • Tokimonsta • Unlike Pluto • Viceroy • Vince Staples • ZHU

Thomas Jack
This Aussie DJ is known for his tropical house fusion. Thomas Jack’s music makes you feel like you are lost in an endless summer. Some inspiration for his sound is Enya, Pleasurekraft, Jack Johnson, and Paul Kalkbrenner. For Jack’s music he likes to use live flute, saxophone, piano, and guitar. You expect to feel like you are having some Sunday fun, some where in the warm sunny of some gorgeous beach when you hear him perform.

ZHU
Steven Zhu is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, and electronic musician. Zhu remained anonymous until mid-2014, he asked to be judged for his music. This Chinese American choice to release his music anonymously, because he believed race played a role, saying: “Some of us don’t even know the limitations of our own prejudice. Rather than put those limitations to the test, we’ve created an engaging way for fans to focus on the music rather than who’s behind it.” Zhu has a dark, moody, dreamy, and sometimes cinematic vibe to his live performances.

This weekend don’t forget to stay hydrated things will be heating up in Downtown Phoenix and as always have fun at Phoenix Lights.

If Phoenix Lights isn’t enough for your music fix, there are several after-parties that will be happening this Saturday and Sunday.

April 8: Hannah Wants – Dark Matter at Monarch Theatre
April 8: Illenium + Crywolf – Supernova at Monarch Theatre
April 8: Josh Wink – Stargazer at Bar Smith

April 9: Keys N Krates + Crizzly – Supernova at Monarch Theatre
April 9: Coyu + Pig & Dan – Dark Matter at Monarch Theatre
April 9: Griz – Planet X at Shady Park

Phoenix Lights 2017 Full Lineup

Phoenix Lights 2017 Lineup

Phoenix Lights, presented by Relentless Beats, has announced the final round of artists for their third annual event. The two-day music festival taking place in Downtown Phoenix on April 8 – 9, 2017, has added over 25 artists to an already massive roster, which includes: Above & Beyond, Alesso, Tiesto, STS9, Vince Staples, ZHU, Illenium, Keys N Krates, Oliver Heldens, Pete Tong, Thomas Jack, Coyu, Ekali, Ganja White Night, Grum, Hucci, Josh Wink, the Knocks, Pig&Dan, Robotti vs. Sirus Hood, Shaun Frank, Tokimonsta and Unlike Pluto. Newly announced artists for the 2017 festival are: 21 Savage, Griz, Zeds Dead, Bro Safari, Cashmere Cat, Justin Martin, Lane 8, Tchami, Tiga, Asadi, Billy Kenny, Codeko, Crizzly, Dr Fresch b2b Bijou, Felix Da Housecat, Go Freek, Helena Legend, Jax Jones, K?D, Loudpvck, Low Steppa, Manilla Killa, Said the Sky, Viceroy, Vindata and Wingtip.

New this year, Relentless Beats premiere house, techno, and underground brand, RBDeep, will host a stage during the festival boasting performances from some of the biggest names in the scene. Artists slated to take the RBDeep Stage include Justin Martin, Lane 8, Pete Tong, Tiga, Billy Kenny, Coyu, Felix Da Housecat, Go Freek, Jax Jones, Josh Wink, Low Steppa, Manilla Killa, Pig & Dan, Sacha, Robotti vs Sirus Hood, Viceroy and Wingtip On Sunday, a special stage hosted by Universatile Music, Phoenix’s premiere hip-hop brand, will include performances by Tokimonsta, Cashmere Cat, Vince Staples, 21 Savage, Griz, and more.

Finally, amateur DJs or those just looking for that big break, can take part in Relentless Beat’s First Encounters DJ Competition on March 9th, where the grand prize is an opening slot at this year’s Phoenix Lights Festival. Details will be announced in the coming weeks at www.relentlessbeats.com.

The multi-stage festival will be held at Margaret T. Hance Park, an urban setting in Downtown Phoenix. The 32-acre park located on the “deck” over the Interstate Highway 10 Papago Freeway Tunnel, between 5th Ave. and 3rd Street, is the home of the Japanese Friendship Garden, Irish Cultural Center, McClelland Irish Library, Phoenix Center for the Arts, and Burton Barr Central Library. First dedicated in 1992, the park is located near the Central Station METRO Light Rail and bus transfer stations and is surrounded by libraries, museums, educational facilities, and the arts district. Building off of this momentum, fans can expect top-level talent, cutting edge visuals, unique stage design, interactive experiential installations and more.

General Admission tickets are on-sale for $159 plus fees for a single 2-day pass or $280 plus fees for two 2-day passes. VIP passes, with a separate VIP entrance, two (2) complimentary drink tickets, a catered spread, massive VIP deck with assorted seating, premium main stage viewing area, passed hors d’oeuvres, commemorative lanyard, and VIP restrooms are available for $349 plus fees. Table service will be available and VIP is reserved for ages 21 and up. Single-day tickets are now available for Saturday and Sunday, at $89 and $79 respectively. VIP single-day tickets are also available for $189 and $179, respectively. Tickets will be available online at www.phoenixlightsfest.com. Phoenix Lights is an ages 18 and over event.

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

Euphoria 2017 Phase 3 Artists

Euphoria 2017 Full Lineup

Following two dynamic phases of artist announcements, Euphoria Music Festival has revealed the third and final phase and completed its lineup for the sixth annual event on April 6 – 9, 2017. The third and final phase of artists include: Chromeo, Knife Party, Moby (DJ set), Oliver Heldens, Post Malone, Auto Body, Bakermat (Live), Lost Kings, Russ, Chet Porter, FKJ, Minnesota, Prince Fox, Turkuaz, Eric Dingus, Forgotten Space, Magna Carda, Melvv, Montu, Abe Masaryk, Resonant Frequency, Thoreau, and Whereisalex.

“From top to bottom, this is Euphoria’s most amazing lineup to date,” says festival producer Mitch Morales. “We have major players, institutions, exciting up-and-comers and even a GRAMMY nominee – all of which cross a multitude of genres, yet still reside within our euphoric musical vibe. I cannot wait to host our festival family, both new and old, again this April.”

General Admission passes are available now for $149, plus fees for a 3-Day festival pass and $249 for a 3-day festival pass with camping. 3-Day “Fly Life” VIP packages with preferred viewing areas, private bars, VIP restrooms and showers, concierge service, luggage drop off, and express entrance are available starting at $269 (without camping) and $419 with camping. The Early Entry pass, which allows Wednesday access for up to 2,500 fans is available for $30. Price will remain frozen, until December 16th. Euphoria will be continuing its partnership with Affirm, offering clear, simple financing to split Eventbrite orders into 3 or 6 monthly payments. This offers patrons the most flexible option yet for affording festival passes. Tickets are available online at www.euphoriafest.com. Euphoria is an ages 18 and over event.