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Catch Griztronics at the Decadence AZ Grand Pavilion

Decadence AZ 2019 Grand Pavilion

Phoenix, AZ – With just weeks to go before we step into the next decade, Arizona’s biggest New Year’s celebration- Decadence has announced a series of updates to the sixth annual event. Beginning with the artists-by-stage lineup, which includes the addition of Arius; Atlast; Bardz; Ekonovah; Qlank, the US Debut of Tony Romera, and over 25 local acts, the festival is also introducing Weird & Wonderful a performance art concept that will not only excite, but inspire.

Lineup-By-Stage:

THE GRAND PAVILION: AC Slater; Blossom; Dillon Francis; Diplo; Galantis; Gerry Gonza; Griztronics (GRiZ b2b Subtronics); Illenium: Ascend Live; Joyryde; Skrillex; Tchami x Malaa: No Redemption, and Zeds Dead.

THE ROYAL CIRCUS: Adam Beyer; Ardalan; Arius; Bardz; Dab the Sky (Dabin b2b Said the Sky); Decadon; Ekonovah; Fisher; G Jones; Jamie Jones; Nora En Pure; Space Jesus; Tony Romera, and Whipped Cream.

THE PLAYHOUSE: Atlast; Qlank; 2Soon; Alaska; Avitas; Bigstabes; Cafe Caderas; Chief; Dark Mark; Disco Zombie; Elwer; Evan Allen; Fairydvst; Ghost Effect; Guilty; Housekneckt; Kody Black; Lance Fairchild; Lujan; Michael Hooker; Mike Dao; Mustache Sweat; Muzhak; Mykill; Orenda; Skelefriend; Slippe; Storytime; Stvtc; Voodreau; Youms, with surprise guest, and the Weird & Wonderful cast.

Along with a 3-channel silent disco featuring the above artists, The Playhouse will be home to a brand new performance arts-based concept- Weird & Wonderful. An immersive albeit unpredictable environment of circus performers, dancers, wild characters, and visual stimulus Weird & Wonderful gives Relentless Beats’ extended festival family an avenue to share their talents and passion for expressing themselves.

“Weird & Wonderful will not only make Decadence Arizona extra special for attendees but will also serve as a positive impact on the community,” says creative director Bri Lueder. “We invite people within the festival family to share their talents and passion, and inspire everyone around them to express themselves as we grow this concept at our events.”

General Admission passes for Decadence Arizona are on sale now for $209, before fees. VIP passes are available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA ticket provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP front row viewing, 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, 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. For full details and all ticket options, visit www.decadencearizona.com. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, Decadence Arizona will take place on December 30 and 31, 2019, at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler. This is an 18+ 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 Facebook at www.facebook.com/RelentlessBeats.

Flume & Glass Animals Coming to BUKU 2020

BUKU 2020 Lineup

NEW ORLEANS, LA – The BUKU Music + Art Project today announced the artist lineup for the two-day festival taking place on March 20 and 21, 2020 in New Orleans. One year shy of its tenth anniversary, BUKU will return to the iconic Mardi Gras World grounds after back-to-back sold-out events. The 2020 festival will also continue its support of the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production, as a portion of ticket proceeds benefit the local arts initiative.

Artists announced on the 2020 lineup are:

Tyler, The Creator, Flume, Illenium, Glass Animals, Run The Jewels, Alison Wonderland, Zeds Dead, Kaytranada, Megan Thee Stallion, Charli XCX, Roddy Rich, Flatbush Zombies, Taking Back Sunday, Chris Lake, Kayzo: Unleashed, Ari Lennox, Gramatik, Dominic Fike, Space Jesus, TroyBoi, Subtronics, CloZee, Dance Gavin Dance, GoldLink, SVDDEN DEATH: VOYD, Cashmere Cat, JPEGMAFIA, Lucky Daye, Channel Tres, Young M.A, 100 gecs, I_O, Kota the Friend, Mr. Carmack, LSDREAM, Mija: Live, Kaash Paige, Pussy Riot, Turnstile, Eli & Fur, Blanke B2B LICK, J. Worra, Pluko, The Trifinity: Yheti x Toadface x Mt. Analogue, Daily Bread B2B Artifakts, Video Age, TVBOO, Trigem B2B MeSo, and TSHA.

The festival, known for its strong support of local talent, will showcase the following New Orleans artists: Bouffant Bouffant; Treety; Mhadi G; Malik Ninety Five; Raise the Death Toll; Lady Lavender B2B Edgar Allan Po’ Boy; DJ Heelturn; and a showcase from Upbeat Academy student-artists.

Inspired by the artistic subculture of New Orleans, BUKU is the creative intersection of an underground warehouse party and major urban music festival fusing a progressive and diverse musical lineup with: a real-time Live Graffiti Gallery featuring local painters, one-of-a-kind industrial art installations, celebrated local cuisine, and “pop-up” street-style performances. The event features five stages, each with its own unique vibe ranging from a projection-mapped dilapidated “Power Plant” to the “Float Den” housing the city’s signature Mardi Gras parade floats, and sits on a unique festival site along the Mississippi River just a short distance from New Orleans’ famed French Quarter.

In addition to showcasing the vibrant culture of New Orleans, BUKU is an inclusive celebration of acceptance, compassion and encouragement. The organizers and the BUKREWE community practice a zero-tolerance policy for: “sexual harassment, acts of aggression, racism, misogyny, homophobia, transphobia, religious bigotry… or any other form of hatred or discrimination. BUKU is intended to be a safe space to enjoy music, art, expression and community in complete freedom from any harassment or discrimination. BUKU has stated the following ethos on its website: “We Believe in Those Who Strive to be Dope. Originality, Creativity, Freedom and Community is Our Anthem.”

Tickets go on sale Friday, December 13, 2019 at 10 AM CT and include a variety of options for general and VIP admission as well as travel packages. VIP ticketing provides a host of special amenities that include premium viewing areas, access to the BUKU Rooftop, a quicker entrance lane, VIP restroom stations, as well as an open bar for guests 21+. The festival will again offer payment plans for all ticket types, allowing fans to pay for their tickets in four installments with a 10% down payment. The 2019 event sold out well in advance of the festival; event organizers are expecting the 2020 iteration to do the same and urge its diehard fans to buy early. When purchasing tickets, patrons should be mindful that BUKU is a 17+ event. More information on tickets offerings and pricing can be found at thebukuproject.com.

Fans have the opportunity to purchase presale tickets via American Express or Tunespeak. The AMEX presale starts Thursday, December 12 at 8AM CT and is open to all American Express Card Holders. The Tunespeak presale starts Thursday, December 12 at 10AM CT and customers can sign up for access at thebukuproject.com. Both presales end Friday, December 13 at 9:30 AM CT prior to the general on-sale beginning at 10 AM CT.

The official 2020 BUKU Music + Art project trailer can be viewed below.

For additional info, visit BUKU Music + Art Project online or on the following platforms: Facebook, Twitter and Instagram at @thebukuproject.

The 2020 BUKU Music + Art Project is presented by Winter Circle Productions, an AEG Presents company.

About Winter Circle Productions:
Winter Circle Productions began in 2009 as an independent promotion and production house to attract music that its founders felt was missing from a post-Katrina New Orleans. Creator of BUKU Music + Art Project and five-time recipient of the Offbeat Best Promoter Award, WCP is now celebrating its 10th year anniversary as one of the most trusted tastemakers on the Gulf Coast, having produced thousands of shows across many musical genres in dozens of venues. WCP joined AEG Presents in 2015 to run its new Gulf Coast regional office, in 2017 it took over a lease at the 1,200 capacity Joy Theater in New Orleans and beginning in 2020 WCP will be the lead operator of Hangout Music Festival. In addition to concert production, the members of WCP founded the Upbeat Academy Foundation, a non-profit organization providing New Orleans youth with opportunities to study hip-hop and dance music production. www.wintercircleproductions.com.

Red Hot Chili Peppers to Headline Hangout 2020

Hangout 2020 Lineup

GULF SHORES, AL – The Hangout Music Festival, a three-day music vacation on the beach, today announced the lineup for the eleventh installment of the annual festival. Hosted oceanside on the beaches of Gulf Shores Alabama, Hangout Fest is a one-of-a-kind experiential event featuring performances from the biggest artists in pop, rock, hip-hop, electronic and country, and an array of immersive beach activities that extend far beyond music. This year’s event will take place Friday, May 15 ending Sunday, May 17, 2020.

Hangout Fest offers attendees a luxurious weekend of watching the biggest names in music with their feet in the sand. VIP pools with a close-up view of the Hangout Main Stage and hammocks lining the beach gives fans a festival experience of unparalleled comfort and proximity to the cast of all-star performers.

The highly anticipated lineup, arguably Hangout’s biggest yet, will include:

Red Hot Chili Peppers, Post Malone, Billie Eilish, Marshmello, Lana Del Rey, Cage The Elephant, Juice WRLD, Illenium, Kane Brown, Rainbow Kitten Surprise, Louis The Child, The Head and the Heart, RL Grime, Jhené Aiko, Megan Thee Stallion, FINNEAS, Madeon, Quinn XCII, Moon Taxi, The Band Camino, Oliver Tree, T-Pain, Tove Lo, Big Wild, Wallows, Chelsea Cutler, Alec Benjamin, YUNGBLUD, Jai Wolf, Dominic Fike, Mt. Joy, Omar Apollo, Orville Peck, Snakehips, Surfaces, Doja Cat, SAINt JHN, Scarypoolparty, Bea Miller, Getter, Shallou, The Aces, Missio, Barns Courtney, SNBRN, Blunts & Blondes, The Glorious Sons, Whipped Cream, 99 Neighbors, Elderbrook, NOTD, Paul Cauthen, Raveena, Regard, Bren Joy, Luttrell, Taska Black, Pluko, Bailey Bryan, Dan Luke and the Raid, Duskus, Mattiel, MEMBA, Lucii, Perto, KennyHoopla, and Softest Hard.

Complementing the stellar talent, guests can partake in a wide range of activities and events. Dive into the water at one of our beach clubs, swing at Hammock Beach, play beach volleyball, practice yoga, go disco skating at the full-sized Roller Rink. You can also rekindle those vintage summer vibes at Camp Hangout or join one of the epic dance parties happening by the waves with DJs all weekend long! See a full list of activities here.

Tickets go on sale Monday, December 9 at 10 AM CT / 11 AM ET with a variety of ticket offerings ranging from GA to a host of VIP options. Celebrate your best life with all-inclusive VIP, Super VIP, Big Kahuna and Cabana packages for a decadent stay that is part music, part gourmet dining and 100% epic beach party. Featuring exclusive beach access, pool-side and jacuzzi-side views of the main stage, complimentary food, beer, wine and cocktails all weekend. Regular three-day GA tickets are $299 and all-inclusive three-day VIP tickets start at $1,099. The festival will again offer payment plans for GA and VIP purchases, allowing fans to pay for their tickets in five installments with a 10% down payment. Detailed information on ticketing can be found at hangoutmusicfest.com

Fans have the opportunity to purchase presale tickets via American Express or Tunespeak. The AMEX presale starts Friday, December 6 at 8AM CT / 9 AM ET and is open to all American Express Card Holders. The Tunespeak presale starts Friday, December 6 at 10AM CT / 11 AM ET and customers can sign up for access at hangoutmusicfest.com. Both presales end Monday, December 9 at 9:30 AM CT / 10:30 AM ET

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About Hangout Music Festival:

To put it simply, the Hangout Music Festival is a music vacation on the beach. The award-winning festival takes place on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama — just a short drive from the Pensacola, FL and Mobile, AL airports. Hangout is as much a vacation as it is a concert event. Offering more than just music, fans can take advantage of festival amenities including seaside beach clubs featuring a cast of up and coming DJs, a full size roller rink, beach volleyball, main stage inground pools, Gulf-front hammocks, delicious food and more. It has been awarded as Pollstar’s “Music Festival of the Year”, and is continuously recognized as one of the best festivals in the US. The festival infuses over $40 million into the local economy each year.

Afrojack, MK, NGHTMRE, Walker & Royce at 6th Annual Phoenix Lights

Phoenix Lights 2019 Girls, Photo by luiscolato.com

Phoenix, AZ – It began nearly six years ago when Hardwell, Zeds Dead, Robin Schulz, and more invaded Downtown Phoenix. From there the transmissions grew in frequency and strength, sending names like Above & Beyond; Big Gigantic; Claude VonStroke; Diplo; Eric Prydz; Green Velvet; Gucci Mane; Illenium; Kaskade; San Holo; Seven Lions; Tiesto; Travis Scott; Vince Staples; ZHU, and more. And just as things seemed to be getting back to normal, the skies lit up again #PHXL2020…

Afrojack: The ‘in your face’ Dutch DJ and producer, is known as much for his collaborations with Beyoncé, David Guetta, Nicki Minaj, and Madonna as he is for the remix creations that have made him a festival favorite.

MK: This deep house, techno DJ’s career, is one of a journeyman, maintaining strong roots in Detroit while having worked with a diverse collection of major artists across hip-hop, R&B, and pop.

NGHTMRE: NGHTMRE’s resume hosts a slew of successful music and star-studded collaborations includinghis explorative “Magic Hour” EP with Pell the trippy “Another Dimension” with Dillon Francis “Save Yourself” with the Chainsmokers, “Like That” with Big Gigantic, and “TTM” with Wiz Khalifa and PnB Rock. His remixes of Ekali and ZHU’s “Blame” and Flosstradamus ft. Smokepurpp’s “MVP” are equally as compelling, as if everything NGHTMRE touches.

Walker & Royce: If nothing else can be said about this NYC-based duo, their sound is signature, producing a blend of dance-forward house that works well on the Dirtybird roster and has gained favor by DJs the world over.

General Admission weekend passes for Phoenix Lights Festival are on sale now for $129, before fees. VIP weekend passes will be available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA ticket provides, plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to the VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms and passed desserts in the VIP areas. Platinum VIP includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: four complimentary drinks, side stage viewing at the main stage, access to artist hospitality lounge, catered dinner, exclusive festival gift bag, and festival concierge. You must be 21+ to purchase Platinum VIP passes. All details and ticket types are available online at www.phoenixlightsfest.com and www.relentlessbeats.com. Phoenix Lights is an 18+ event.

The sixth annual Phoenix Lights Festival will take place at The Park at Wild Horse Pass, April 3 and 4, 2020. Produced by Relentless Beats, Arizona’s leading dance music and EDM additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks, as further transmissions are received. 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.

Gem & Jam 2020 Drops 2nd Phase Lineup

Gem and Jam 2020 Phase 2

Tucson, ArizonaGem & Jam Festival continues to march forward towards making this its biggest year yet, since announcing it would return to the beautiful, desert setting of Pima County Fairgrounds, January 31 through February 2, 2020. The three-day music, art, performance, and gem & mineral festival that has added a mix of all-star talent and burgeoning artists destined to be highlights. Second round artists include a Gem & Jam Grateful Dead Tribute, featuring: Michael Travis, Jason Hann, Eric Krasno, Mihali Savoulidis, Reed Mathis, and Todd Stoops; Michal Menert; Pink Talking Fish; M3GA-SCOPES; Albert Huxley; Asyouwere; Atom; Blessit; Deuz Yeux; Dirty Nabz; Dusted; Eons; Ill Divo; Jaybird; JXCHRISTO; Kate Riles; Kiitos; Kip Killagain; Kody Black; Louis IV; Nastyhumanz; Prism Shank; PVPI FRVNKO; Ratchet Noir; Slick Floyd; Smoakland; Soulular, and Sunn Rays.

Previously announced artists for the 13th annual Gem & Jam includes: Tipper; Big Gigantic; The Floozies; Twiddle; Billy Strings; Desert Hearts Takeover, featuring Mikey Lion, Marbs, RYBO and Lubelski; TH3, featuring Michael Travis, Jason Hann and Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident) and Matt Hill (The Floozies); Manic Focus; Dirtwire; Desert Dwellers; Thriftworks; Bluetech; Buku; Christian Martin (Dirtybird, TAT); Kyle Hollingsworth Band; Marvel Years; Mersiv; SoDown; Ana Sia; Balken Bump; Cofresi; Cycles; Daily Bread; Eminence Ensemble; Kitchen Dwellers; Late Night Radio; Megan Hamilton; Mystic Grizzly; Nobide; Saqi; Supertask; Tenth Mountain Division; Adem Joel; Autonomix; The Bennu; Dollarsine; Endoplasmic; The Flying Skulls; Funkstatik; Glass Cannon; Gonzofuze; M-Q; Party People; Safi’s Lab; Scott Nice; Since Juleye, and Smokovich. The entertainment will continue to grow as we enter 2020, hosting a flurry of talent across three stages, plus special late-night sets, gem and mineral exhibits, art galleries, painters, dancers, daytime workshops, and much more.

Located on 640 acres and just 20 miles south of downtown Tucson, the Pima County Fairgrounds is surrounded by nature and resides in a desert environment, creating an expansive setting perfect for Gem & Jam. The multi-stage music and arts festival will be expanding on its experience with world-class visuals, unique stage designs, artist galleries, live paintings, experiential installations, daytime workshops, gem and mineral vendors, and much more.

General Admission tickets are on sale now for $179, plus fees. VIP passes are available, including everything that a GA ticket provides plus: VIP Main Stage Viewing Area, access to VIP lounge with complimentary snacks and beverages, VIP bathrooms, a VIP laminate and lanyard, commemorative poster, VIP Grassroots California’ hat, VIP pin, and keychain. Hotel and ticketing options and payment plans, and pay with friends are available.

Camping options are available starting at free walk-in camping with a $20 parking fee, car camping and RV options with hookups. Additionally, Gem & Jam offers two elevated camping experiences- Ready Set Camping and the Camping Bundle ticket. With Ready Set Camping, you can experience the future in insulated shift pods, made of composite fabric that keeps you cool during the day and warm into the night. The ticket includes an inflatable mattress, bedding, furniture, a space heater, electricity, and sleeps two comfortably. For those looking to travel light and take the thinking out of camping, Gem & Jam offers a pre-prepped Camping Bundle, which includes all the essentials two people could need- a tent for two, one lantern, two flashlights, pillows, sleeping bags, and a queen size inflatable mattress. Any leftover camping items will be donated to Youth on their Own, a dropout prevention program that supports the high school graduation and continued success of homeless, unaccompanied youth in Pima County, Arizona.

Gem & Jam is produced by Fog City Productions, Legion of Bloom Music, and Mammoth Music Group. Visit www.gemandjam.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GemAndJam, Twitter at www.twitter.com/GemJamFestival, and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/GemAndJamFestival. For all ticketing options visit, www.gemandjam.com. Gem & Jam Festival is an all-ages event.

Countdown to Decadence AZ 2019

Decadence AZ 2019 Lineup

Phoenix, AZ – Hyping fans up with the late summer announcement of Dillion Francis; Diplo; Illenium: Ascend Live; Skrillex and Tchami x Malaa: No Redemption as headliners, followed by a cryptic post-Goldrush rumor of a New Year’s Eve performance by GriztronicsDecadence AZ, aka “Arizona’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration” is rounding out its lineup with a final batch of artists. Previously announced: AC Slater; Adam Beyer; Blossom; Fisher; Galantis; Gerry Gonza; G Jones; Jamie Jones; Joyrde; Nora En Pure; Space Jesus, and Zeds Dead will be joined by Ardalan; Dab the Sky (Dabin b2b Said the Sky); Decadon, and Whipped Cream. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the sixth annual festival will take place on December 30 and 31, 2019, at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler.

MONDAY, DECEMBER 30: AC Slater; Adam Beyer; Blossom; Dab the Sky (Dabin b2b Said the Sky); Dillon Francis; Illenium: Ascend Live; Jamie Jones; Nora En Pure; Skrillex; Space Jesus; Tchami x Malaa: No Redemption, and Whipped Cream.

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 31: Ardalan; Decadon; Diplo; Fisher; Galantis; Gerry Gonza; G Jones; Griztronics (GRiZ b2b Subtronics); Joyride, and Zeds Dead.

Earlier this year, Relentless Beats tapped its fans to assist with the overall experience by opening up a survey to have their voices heard. Features being implemented to improve on the guest experience include reconfiguration of the main stage area to create more dance floor space, additional entry and exit points, added water stations and heated areas, increased flooring throughout the event, and capacity control measures to ensure a more comfortable and enjoyable experience.

General Admission passes for Decadence Arizona are on sale now for $209, before fees. VIP passes are available at two levels: Standard VIP, including everything that a GA ticket provides plus express VIP entrance, a commemorative lanyard, access to VIP lounge, access to VIP front row viewing, 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, 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. For full details and all ticket options, visit www.decadencearizona.com. Decadence Arizona is an 18+ 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.

Eureka! We Struck Festival Gold at Arizona’s Goldrush 2019

Dr. Fresch at Goldrush 2019

Yee-haw Cowpokes, Goldrush is back in town! Relentless Beats‘ 3rd annual Goldrush returned to Rawhide Western Town and Event Center for two days this past September 27-28, 2019. The event boasted four stages, 40+ musical acts and several individual experiences ranging from General Admission to Platinum VIP, which included private meet and greets, complimentary drinks, steakhouse dinner, raised viewing deck, front-row viewing, air-conditioned bathrooms, gift bag, and chances to hang with your favorite artists in the Platinum Lounge.

Located just outside Phoenix, the venue provided the perfect backdrop for this western-themed festival. The quaint American frontier replica town combined with the mechanical bull amplified the feeling of the Wild West and invited participants to join the theme. The jail housed partner GreenPharms, a medical dispensary, where attendees had the chance to pick up some killer swag, get a picture taken while locked in the jail cell, or sign up to win an Arizona medical card for a year. The shooting gallery was free to play and would catch a few festival goers who were changing stages or looking for a way to kill time before the next act. Keeping true to the theme, attendees could be seen rocking everything from cowboy boots and chaps to light-up fuzzy coats and nothing but glitter.

Although Goldrush is a relatively new festival, the lineup was nothing short of impressive. Some noteworthy acts from the weekend included a sax heavy set from Zhu, vibrant visuals from Oliver Heldens, straight up filth and grime from Shlump and a bass blow-out from retired NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal, performing as DJ Diesel. The 7’1’ DJ Diesel joined the crowd toward the end of his set and moshed alongside festival goers and even lifted a rail-riding 5ft girl into the air like she was a paper doll. DJ Diesel also made a point to meet, shake hands, exchange hugs, and grab a few quick selfies with festival goers after he climbed out of the mosh pit and walked backstage. His set seemed to be a crowd favorite and even Dr. Fresch was spotted on stage during Shaq’s set dancing around and hyping up the crowd while wearing a sombrero.

The visuals were intense with many amazing light and video productions, but what was really breathtaking were the views from the venue of the natural landscape and mountain sunsets. It was blissful to be vibing along to great music while watching the sun disappear behind the Phoenix mountains.

Don’t forget to shine those boots and we will catch you cowpokes at next year’s hoedown!

For photo coverage from Goldrush 2019, check out our Facebook photo album.

Damian Marley & Rebelution to Headline AZ Roots 2020

Arizona Roots 2020 Lineup

Phoenix, AZ — After an amazing first year splash, Arizona Roots Music & Arts Festival returns to the Riverwalk at Rawhide Western Town & Event Center on February 22 and 23, 2020. The festival produced by the same team behind California Roots Music & Arts Festival in Monterey, CA- the premier gathering for the progressive U.S. reggae and roots music movement and culture and Relentless Beats- Arizona’s best and most consistent music promoter.

With the announcement of the Arizona Roots dates, the two-day event will feature today’s biggest reggae-rock acts and roots music activists. Artists announced include headliners Damina “Jr Gong” Marley and Rebelution, along with support by Steel Pulse; Collie Buddz; the Expendables; Hirie; Iya Terra; Passafire; Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad; Satsang; Dubbest; 4th & Orange; Artikal Sound System; Synrgy; Fayuca; Kush County; Clint Stevens; Vana Liya, and Zeeceekeely.

“While Arizona has always been a good market for our scene we were blown away by the response to the inaugural Arizona Roots” states festival Co-Producer, Dan Sheehan. “We cannot wait to return and show all our fans the amazing surprises we have in store for year two.”

General Admission tickets for Arizona Roots Music & Arts Festival are on sale now, starting at $89 for a two-day pass, plus fees. VIP passes will be available at two levels: Cypress, including everything that a GA ticket provides plus express entry, premium restrooms, a commemorative lanyard, access to the VIP area with premium stage viewing, and an exclusive VIP-only t-shirt. Willow includes everything that the Cypress pass includes, plus: a festival swag bag, complimentary drinks, catered dinner, and access to the Willow deck for enhanced stage viewing. VIP options are available for $229 and $599 for a two-day pass, respectively. Cypress passes are 18+, and 21+ for Willow passes to purchase. For full details and all ticket options, visit www.arizonarootsfestival.com. Arizona Roots Music & Arts Festival is an All Ages event. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/azrootsfest, on Twitter at www.twitter.com/azrootsfest and Instagram at www.instagram.com/azrootsfest.

Imagine Music Festival 2019: An Aquatic Inferno

Imagine Music Festival 2019 Oceania Stage

Imagine Music Festival celebrated its sixth year with an explosive lineup at Atlanta Motor Speedway. From its inception at as a two-day festival at Masquerade Music Park in 2014, the festival has nearly tripled its audience, now boasting an attendance of nearly 45,000 music lovers and festival fanatics spanning four days. Founded and produced by IRIS Presents, Imagine 2019 has grown both its music and production to a standard that sets the bar for EDM festivals across the United States. From candy-coated shufflers, to cross-eyed headbangers, this festival once again proved it can live up to its reputation.

Continuing the theme of fire and water for this year’s production of Imagine Music Festival, the artist roster exemplified the staggering differences between the two elements. The musical talent brought forth by the event included some of the biggest names in the game, including: Above & Beyond, Alison Wonderland, Zeds Dead, Claude Von Stroke, Tipper, and more. Spanning the gambit of electronic music genres and catering to the tastes of every fun-loving attendee. This massive lineup would not have been possible without the expert stage production and sound engineering that rivals any major music event in the nation.

Six unique stages shone bright throughout the interior of the event, with stage design playing an important role in the experience. Oceania, the largest stage at the event, hosted EDM moguls like Zeds Dead, Alison Wonderland, Matoma, and a surprise appearance by Shaquille O’Neal a.k.a. DJ Diesel. Oceania had physical characteristics that towered over the stage, supplemented by lights, lasers, and high-pressure fog machines. An enormous crown sat over the DJ booth and gave even more purpose to every artist’s spot on the main stage.

Amazonia, the second largest stage at the event, focused its production on visual art, with performances by artists like Detox Unit (visuals by Cullen Hassel), Jade Cicada (visuals by Steven Haman), Tipper (visuals by Fractaled Visions), G Jones, and Louis the Child. It was clear that Music Matters Productions affirmed their presence with incredible sound delivery and dramatic lighting.

Disco Inferno, designed by Algorythm Designs, is aptly named for its pyrotechnics; in front of the stage stood a spire that shot fire more than thirty feet above the crowd. Just behind the stage was a sort of disassembled disco ball that shot smaller bursts of flames. Rusko, Lane 8, Space Jesus, and Dirtybird artists such as Claude Von Stroke, Justin Martin, and J.Phlip put on shows that highlighted their individual talents that took them down the road of fame.

Two stages punctuated the space between the aforementioned three. Six Feathers featuring Darude, among many others, and the Techyes stage, a new addition featuring local underground bass artists, which provided continual entertainment as attendees ventured throughout the grounds.

A particularly welcome part of this year’s festival was the organization of its stages. Sound pollution from other surrounding stages was unheard and almost forgotten. Stage presence was maximized through orientation and spacing, while genre also played a large part in the lineup.

Sunday came to a beautiful crescendo with fireworks over Marshmello at Oceania, while Tipper continued with an array of incredibly detailed and artistic projections beside him at the Amazonia stage. When the music subsided, there was only laughter and talk of unprecedented joy, nostalgia, and absolute satisfaction.

From Imagine Music Festival’s beginnings at Atlanta Motor Speedway, the musical talent in attendance has continued to speak for itself. When Imagine found its new home at the Atlanta Motor Speedway in 2016, they featured a lineup that consisted of the best of the best of Dubstep, with names like NERO, Caspa, Rusko, Borgore, Champagne Drip, and Delta Heavy. As the years progressed, they have continued to add to their list of stars across the map for EDM: Bassnectar, GRiZ, Galantis, The Glitch Mob, Armin Van Buuren, RL Grime, Alesso, Kaskade, Zhu, Lotus, and Green Velvet are among the many greats that have graced Imagine with their presence. The unique styles of electronic music these artists have brought to the table help define Imagine as the all-encompassing event it is today. Needless to say, year 4 at Atlanta Motor Speedway (year 6 overall) brought in a delightfully rich variety of music perpetuating its reputation as an event that covers the expanse of music available for today’s avid music lovers.

For our full photo album from the event, check our Facebook page. Article and photos by Dylan Essi and Victor Tranfield.

Tipper & Big Gigantic to Headline Gem & Jam 2020

Gem & Jam 2020 Phase 1

Tucson, Arizona – After taking a year hiatus for 2019, fan-favorite festival Gem & Jam Festival is excited to announce its return and with it the phase one lineup. The three-day music, art, performance, and gem & mineral festival will be returning to the beautiful, desert setting of Pima County Fairgrounds, January 31 through February 2, 2020. This past Spring Gem & Jam announced that it indeed would be returning and that planning was well underway. The news continued last week when Tipper, Big Gigantic, The Floozies, and Twiddle were announced and would be joined by over 30 additional artists as part of phase one.

Gem & Jam’s 13th annual performer lineup includes: Billy Strings; Desert Hearts Takeover, featuring Mikey Lion, Marbs, RYBO and Lubelski; TH3, featuring Michael Travis, Jason Hann and Kyle Hollingsworth (String Cheese Incident) and Matt Hill (The Floozies); Manic Focus; Dirtwire; Desert Dwellers; Thriftworks; Bluetech; Buku; Christian Martin (Dirtybird, TAT); Kyle Hollingsworth Band; Marvel Years; Mersiv; SoDown; Ana Sia; Balken Bump; Cofresi; Cycles; Daily Bread; Eminence Ensemble; Kitchen Dwellers; Late Night Radio; Megan Hamilton; Mystic Grizzly; Nobide; Saqi; Supertask; Tenth Mountain Division; Adem Joel; Autonomix; The Bennu; Dollarsine; Endoplasmic; The Flying Skulls; Funkstatik; Glass Cannon; Gonzofuze; M-Q; Party People; Safi’s Lab; Scott Nice; Since Juleye, and Smokovish. The lineup will continue to grow as we enter 2020, hosting a flurry of talent across 3 stages, plus special late night sets, gem and mineral exhibits, art galleries, painters, dancers, daytime workshops, and much more.

“We are beyond excited to be able to bring Gem & Jam back for an epic three nights in the desert,” says festival co-producer Josh Pollack. “We have the best fans out there and cannot wait to share all we have planned for 2020.”

Located on 640 acres and just 20 miles south of downtown Tucson, the Pima County Fairgrounds is surrounded by nature and resides in a desert environment, creating an expansive setting perfect for Gem & Jam. The multi-stage music and arts festival will be offering increased capacity and camping options, including onsite RV camping with hookups, car camping, and walk-in camping. Additionally, Gem & Jam will be expanding on its experience with world-class visuals, unique stage designs, artist galleries, live paintings, experiential installations, daytime workshops, gem and mineral vendors, and much more. General Admission tickets are on sale now for $159, plus fees. Camping options are available starting at free walk-in camping with a $20 parking fee, car camping and RV options with hook ups. Hotel and ticketing options, and payment plans are available. For all ticket options visit, www.gemandjam.com. Gem & Jam Festival is an all ages event.

Gem & Jam is produced by Fog City Productions, Legion of Bloom Music, and Mammoth Music Group. Visit www.gemandjam.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/GemAndJam, Twitter at www.twitter.com/GemJamFestival and on Instagram at www.instagram.com/GemAndJamFestival.