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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.

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.

Dillon Francis, Diplo, Skrillex Round Out Decadence AZ 2019

Decadence Arizona 2019 Phase 1

Phoenix, AZ – After recent news of the return of “Arizona’s Biggest New Year’s Eve Celebration” – Decadence AZ lives up to its moniker, with Dillion Francis; Diplo; Illenium: Ascend Live; Skrillex and Tchami x Malaa: No Redemption announced as headliners. 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. Last year’s festival featured epic performances by the likes of Above & Beyond; Alison Wonderland; DJ Diesel; Drezo; Dr Fresch; Eric Prydz; Ghastly; Marshmello; NGHTMRE; Porter Robinson; REZZ; San Holo; Skrillex, and more to ring in 2019. The lineup will continue to grow in the coming weeks, as will continued news about the Decadence AZ experience.

Relentless Beats also tapped its fans to assist with the overall experience by opening up a survey to have their voices heard. Receiving an overwhelming response, much of which was a continuation of conversations with fans since the close of 2018, Relentless Beats has begun utilizing the feedback to create the best Decadence yet. Features already being implemented to improve on the guest experience include increased flooring and dedicated walkways at and between the stages, additional entry and exits gates at the main stage, as well as a reconfigured and improved VIP experience, that will create better flow and shorter wait times, and increased chill stations and staffed water resources.

“As a company, it has always been our intent to improve Decadence year after year,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “I have read each comment, and I hear the fans loud and clear. Decadence will continue to grow, as will my team to make sure the fan experience is what people have come to expect from us.”

General Admission passes for Decadence Arizona are on sale now for $169, 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.

Dusk Music Festival Drops Diverse 2019 Lineup

DUSK Music Festival 2019

Tucson, AZ – After an incredibly successful 2018 which saw a record number of fans, DUSK Music Festival has announced it will be returning to Armory Park in Tucson, AZ on November 9th and 10th. Partnering with Relentless Beats for the fourth annual, two-day, music, food and art festival, DUSK has also announced its lineup, which includes: Kaskade; REZZ; Two Door Cinema Club; A R I Z O N A; Broncho; Cray; Malaa, and Tokimonsta, with more artists to be announced in the coming weeks. Previous performers have included: Dillon Francis; Big Sean; Louis the Child; Vince Staples; Phantogram; Steve Aoki; Elohim; Big Gigantic; Cold War Kids; Matt & Kim; RL Grime; Jai Wolf; A-Trak, and Cherub, amongst others.

“This partnership is a great opportunity to work with an amazing festival and introduce Relentless Beats to a broader fanbase,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “We are excited to help create an amazing experience for all of Tucson.”

Beginning in 2016, DUSK has worked feverishly to create an unforgettable experience combining a variety of music genres, the best food and beverage Arizona has to offer and an interactive art experience on the grandest of scale, for its fans. While plans for this year’s event are still underway, past incarnations have seen a partnership with regional favorite the Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT) which curated a custom culinary program showcasing the dynamic food scene southern Arizona has to offer. A continued partnership with Tucson’ Monsoon Collective is expected to include live art, larger than life sculptures and interactive digital video and lighting exhibits.

“We are excited going into our fourth year and our all-volunteer staff is looking forward to working with the Relentless Beats team to improve many aspects of the festival” says DUSK Festival Director Page Repp. “Support from the Tucson community Rio Nuevo and the downtown businesses has been incredible and we can’t wait bring this special community event back to downtown Tucson.”

Additionally, DUSK Charities 501(c)(3) will be renewing its efforts to develop educational training and career programming to introduce high school and college-aged students to the wide variety of careers and vocations in the music festival industry. Proceeds from this year’s event will go to the Children’s Museum Tucson, the Armory Park Neighborhood Association, The Rialto Theatre, and several other local foundations and organizations yet to be named.

Two-Day General Admission tickets will go on sale for $99, before fees on Friday, August 2, at 10 a.m. MST. VIP passes, complete with express entry lanes, comfortable seating, air-conditioned premium bathrooms, and main stage private viewing area are available starting at $179, before fees. Returning this year, the Platinum includes everything that the Standard VIP pass includes, plus: access to an all-inclusive, elevated stage-height viewing platform, complimentary wine, beer, craft cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages, starting at $399. All ticket types are available online at www.DUSKmusicfestival.com. DUSK is an all-ages event.

Visit www.DUSKmusicfestival.com for the most up-to-date information on DUSK Music Festival. Stay connected on Facebook at www.facebook.com/DUSKmusicfest, on Instagram at @DUSKmusicfestival, and Twitter at @DUSKtucson.

Phoenix Lights 2019 Releases Second Wave Lineup

Phoenix Lights 2019 Phase 2

Phoenix, Arizona – The marquee Relentless Beats festival, Phoenix Lights, recently received a series of interstellar transmissions heralding a second wave of artists invading The Park at Wild Horse Pass, April 5 and 6, 2019. Celebrating the festival’s fifth anniversary, Arizona’s leading dance music and EDM promoter recently added 20 artists to any already stacked lineup. Newly announced artists include: Bailo; Big Gigantic; Dirt Monkey; Doctor P b2b Cookie Monsta; Elephante; HE$H; Jphlip; Lane 8; Minesweepa; Must Die!; Phantoms (DJ set); Sage Armstrong; Sikdope; Subtronics b2b Squnto; Svdden Death; Whipped Cream; Wingo and Yultron. Below is a full breakdown of artists by day, including previous artist transmissions received by Relentless Beats.

Friday, April 5
Arty; A$AP Ferg; Bailo; Big Gigantic; Dirt Monkey; Elephante; Excision; HE$H; Jeremy Olander; Mustard; Party Favor; Sasha; Shiba San; Sikdope; Spencer Brown; Subtronics b2b Squnto

Saturday, April 6
Claude VonStroke; Decadon; Doctor P b2b Cookie Monsta; GRiZ; Jay Lumen; Jphlip; Kaskade; Lane 8; Malaa; Minesweepa; Must Die!; Phantoms (DJ set); Sage Armstrong; San Holo; Svdden Death; Throttle; Whipped Cream; Wongo; Yultron

Phoenix Lights will again be partnering with Surreal to offer fans once-in-a-lifetime artist experiences with net proceeds benefitting Relentless Beats’ charity partner, ChildHelp The winner will receive a VIP ticket to Phoenix Lights for themselves and a friend, roundtrip airfare courtesy of Orbitz, hotel accommodations, as well as the opportunity to hang backstage with Kaskade and Excision. Running from February 14th through March 19th, fans can enter by submitting an donation through several different tiers. The package is valued at approximately $2,500 and donations start at $5 for any individual experience. Fans can visit www.givesurreal.com for full details and to enter.

General Admission weekend passes for Phoenix Lights Festival are on sale now for $169, before fees. VIP weekend 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 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.

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.

*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.

5th Annual Phoenix Lights First Round Lineup

Phoenix Lights 2019 Phase 1 Lineup

Phoenix, Arizona – A transmission was intercepted from the skies above late last year, as it was revealed that Kaskade and Excision would be leading the invasion of the fifth straight Phoenix Lights Festival at The Park at Wild Horse Pass, April 5 and 6, 2019. Produced by Relentless Beats, Arizona’s leading dance music and EDM promoter recently released a second transmission… confirming this time that we indeed are not alone. Arty (recently released Save Me Tonight video) A$AP Ferg; Claude VonStroke; Decadon; GRiZ; Jay Lumen; Jeremy Olander; Malaa; Mustard; Party Favor; San Holo; Sasha; Shiba San; Spencer Brown and Throttle have all been added to the first round lineup of this continually expanding festival. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks, as further transmissions are received.

“It is amazing to be celebrating the 5th anniversary for this marquee event and sets the stage for all the surprises we have in store for 2019,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner.

The Park at Wild Horse Pass is a 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 continues to be optimized in order to provide the best possible experience for the Valley’s biggest promoter of electronic dance music events. The park is situated adjacent to Rawhide Event Center, on an expanding grass plot able to handle the steady growth of Relentless Beats’ marquee events. Carrying the full support of the local community, The Park at Wild Horse Pass provides an experience that will be devoid of the sound and size restrictions that are often a hinderance at previous venues.

Also for those looking to make further contact with this otherworldly event, Phoenix Lights presents the 3rd annual First Encounters DJ Competition, March 15, 2019. Taking place at AURA in Tempe, AZ, aspiring DJs can compete to win an opening slot at Phoenix Lights 2019. To enter and full full details and rules, visit www.relentlessbeats.com.

General Admission weekend passes for Phoenix Lights Festival are on sale now for $149, before fees. VIP weekend 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 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.

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.

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.

Goldrush Music Festival Releases Full 2017 Lineup

Goldrush Music Festival 2017

Making the big event bigger, Relentless Beats has released phase two of it’s massive Goldrush Music Festival lineup. A completely brand new experience, the two-day event is heading to Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, Arizona this November 18 and 19 and will be themed around a Wild West concept. Tapping electronic dance music and hip-hop prospectors from across the globe, performing on four stages, each with its own distinct musical focus and vibe, the phase two lineup includes: a first ever appearance of A-Trak b2b Baauer; Azizi Gibson; Bart Skils; Blu J; Brillz; Camelphat; Christian Martin; G Buck; Desert Hearts; Droeloe; Flatbush Zombies; Fransis Derelle; Ghastly; Habastrakt; HOSH; Judge; Jeremy Olander; Justin Jay; a special two-hour headlining set on the RBDeep stage, by Nicole Moudaber; Lil Pump and Party Thieves.

Phase two of the Goldrush lineup joins over 25 previously announced artists, which have now been slotted on their respective days. Artists by day are as follows:

SATURDAY
Migos; Dillon Francis; Excision; Claude Vonstroke; A-Trak b2b Baauer; Azizi Gibson; Blu J; Brillz; Camelphat; Christian Martin; Drezo; G-Buck; Habstrakt; Hippie Sabotage; Keys N Krates; Mikey Lion & Lee Reynolds; Party Thieves; Rezz; Shiba San; $uicideboy$; SuperDuperKyle; Snow Tha Product; Sonny Fodera; The Underachievers and Walker & Royce.

SUNDAY
Marshmello; Lil Uzi Vert; RL Grime; Barclay Crenshaw; Bart Skils; Droeloe; Flatbush Zombies; Fransis Derelle; GG Magree; Ghastly; HOSH • Injury Reserve; Judge; Justin Jay; Lil Pump; Lost Kings; Malaa; Mija; Nicole Moudaber; Oona Dahl; Paco Osuna; Rich Chigga; San Holo; Smokepurpp and Ugly God.

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 for Goldrush Music Festival are on sale now for $159, 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. 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.

BUKU 2017 Takes Over Mardi Gras World

Jauz at Float Den, BUKU 2017

The forecast called for 75-degree weather, clouds, and rain, but it was BUKU weekend and the weather was not about to put a damper on a weekend of music and art. As I arrived on the first day, the sun peaked through the clouds—a positive sign of the weekend to come. The rain held off for most the weekend, save for a few light sprinkles, a far cry from the forecast of weekend showers.

As I made my way through security, my jitters gave way to excitement as the booming of the main stage, the Power Plant, intensified. BUKU Music + Art Project takes place at Mardi Gras World, overlooking the last stretch of the Mississippi River as it winds towards the Gulf of Mexico. Making my way towards the Float Den, I observed the adjacent Ballroom Stage, merchandise tent, and vendors, anxiously waiting for the sun to go down and the festival to light up. K?D was performing at the Float Den, essentially a large warehouse at the back of the festival, which would serve as the hub for bass music that weekend. After K?D wrapped things up, San Holo took the stage. At the same time, security guards drove through the crowd with two large industrial dehumidifiers towards the Float Den stage. The bass-heavy music of the Float Den got the crowd quite energetic. Combined with the large crowds that the Float Den attracted and the mediocre airflow of a mostly-enclosed space, the Float Den got hot and sweaty.

As the sun dipped lower in the sky, the Float Den turned up the energy. TroyBoi threw down a performance as gnarly as the air in the room—heavy bass combined with smooth transitions and seamless mixing. Looking for a reprieve from the heat, I found Opiuo at the Ballroom Stage, an indoor stage with much-needed air conditioning. The Ballroom was dimly lit with minimalist lighting and an electroluminescent wire chandelier that set the tone of room. The environment proved suitable for hula-hoopers looking for room to dance, and people just looking to soak in the sounds of the music without being distracted by the lights or crowds.

After Opiuo, I made a quick stop to see Whethan at the Back Alley stage, literally a back alley, tucked away from the madness of the rest of the festival. The Back Alley served as the home for House and Techno, with an illuminated gazebo viewing area for those wanting to escape the crowds. Friday night, the Back Alley saw performances from artists like Clams Casino, and a Shiba San B2B Justin Jay set. Unfortunately, Nora En Pure would miss the festival due to issues with her flight.

Back Alley at BUKU 2017

Back Alley Stage at BUKU 2017

On the way back to the Power Plant, I stopped in to catch a bit of Slushii, who was throwing down some wonky beats at the Float Den. After a quick listen, I continued to one of the main attractions of the weekend—the funky and saxy Grizmatik, whose saxophone sounds complemented the local New Orleans music scene. After Grizmatik, I split my time between two of the closing performances: a packed Zeds Dead show at the Float Den and a more chill and groovy set by Shiba San & Justin Jay at the Back Alley.

Grizmatik at BUKU 2017

Grizmatik performing at the Power Plant Stage

The second day saw light precipitation and a drop in temperature, a welcome treat to cool down the crowd. The Float Den continued its bass theme with early performances by Minnesota B2B Space Jesus, the alien-esque Rezz, and the mystery man, Malaa.

Back at the Power Plant, Tycho (Live) put on an incredible melodic sunset performance, accompanied by the design and photographic visuals of Tycho’s primary composer, Scott Hansen, also known by his design alias, ISO50. The strong hues of magenta and red complemented the sky as the sun dipped below the horizon.

Tycho at BUKU 2017

Tycho (Live) performing at the Power Plant Stage

Jumping from stage to stage, I spent more time hanging out at the art carts. BUKU creatively utilizes art carts, which are smaller in size compared the larger art cars seen at bigger festivals. Pedicabs and shopping carts adorned with lights, speakers, and DJs made the rounds at the festival, giving attendants a chance to stop and take a quick dance break in between stages. Or, if the music caught your ear, a quick dance break would turn into quite a long one.

Art Cart at BUKU 2017

An art cart at BUKU 2017

I jumped between performances of Lane 8, Cashmere Cat, and deadmau5, all masters at building musical tension, and then releasing it in a dance extravaganza. deadmau5 performed in his signature style—long build-ups in the beginning making way towards more intense music towards the end, often accompanied by some trolling on the mic. He apologized for not having his signature Cube stage display, and then made a plug for his afterparty, exclaiming “I hope you like techno.”

Back at the Float Den, the mysterious Zhu closed out the night. Starting with minimal lighting effects, his performance turned the Float Den into a dance hall as his set progressed, and with it, the lighting intensity. He jumped on the mic several times to perform vocals for his songs, a signature characteristic of his producing and DJing style. Zhu’s performance was a flawless way to end the weekend—an intense dance music experience that is simultaneously low-key, a perfect embodiment of BUKU Music + Art Project.

BUKU Music + Art Project Photos Day 1
BUKU Music + Art Project Photos Day 2

BUKU Music + Art Project 2017 Artist Preview

BUKU Music + Art Project 2016

BUKU Music + Art Project 2017 is right around the corner. If you’re interested in attending, but haven’t purchased tickets yet, all ticket options are still available for purchase. Make sure to check the schedule and plan accordingly. BUKU is slated to be an incredible exhibit of music and art. Check out some of the artists that we’re excited to see.

Malaa
The mysterious Malaa broke into the scene in 2015 donning a black ski mask. The identity remains a secret, but the project seems related in some way to DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer, three artists that share the same manager, and have similar roots in the French House scene. Malaa regularly releases his Who Is Malaa mix series, showcasing his style. Malaa is scheduled to perform from 6:00-7:00PM on Saturday at the Float Den.

Chet Porter
Chet Porter’s releases go back to 2014, with his remix of The Chainsmokers’ Kanye. Since then, he has honed his signature, chilled out dance style. Chet Porter continues to rise in popularity as people catch on to his feel-good aura. His recent release, Stay, was released on the Foreign Family Collective label. Expect a good show of talent from this budding producer. Chet Porter will be performing Friday from 9:00-10:00PM at the VIP S.S. BUKU stage.

Grizmatik
Grizmatik is the collaboration project between GRiZ and Gramatik. Both artists have hugely successful solo projects, but occasionally join forces to “show you how to weaponize the Uranium and cause Electro Soul devastation.” Their jazzy saxophone sounds will surely complement the local New Orleans jazz scene. Grizmatik will be taking the stage from 7:45-9:00PM at the Power Plant.

Lane 8
Daniel Goldstein, better known by his stage name, Lane 8, hails from Denver, CO and is signed to Anjunadeep. He made headlines last year on his “This Never Happened” Tour, when he had all attendants place a piece of tape over the cameras on their phone, so that people spent the show dancing and listening to music instead of on their phones. This move was generally well received; Lane 8 was widely applauded by attendants for the positive effect this had on the event. Lane 8 exhibits a style that seems rarer in the dance music world these days: extended sets that take you through a gradual musical journey, drawing on traditional House and Trance styles. Lane 8 will be performing from 8:45-10:00PM on Saturday at the Back Alley.

Opiuo
Hailing from New Zealand, Opiuo describes his sound as “Broken-frog-stomping-funkadelic-hippo-hop-monkey-crunk-chunky-bouncy-stomach-morphing-bassdolloping-scrumptious-bowl-of-glitchy-bass-love.” Opiuo has been gaining a strong foothold in the US music scene recently, joining festival lineups that cater towards Bass, Glitch, Funk, and Dubstep styles. Opiuo keeps things fresh with his genre-defying sound. Opiuo performs from 6:30-7:15PM on Friday at the Ballroom.

Zhu
Zhu was thrust into the limelight in 2014 with his release of Faded. Although his identity is not a secret like some of his contemporaries, he puts the emphasis on his music and keeps the focus away from his personal identity. Zhu is now a household name. He draws influences from seemingly all styles of music, with a penchant for remixing classic pop and hip-hop songs with his dark style. One’s for sure, Zhu knows how to throw a late night party, which will be perfect for his 11:45PM-1:00AM set on Saturday at the Float Den.