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Relentless Beats to Host Deadbeats 420 Phoenix

Deadbeats 420 2019

Phoenix, AZ – Relentless Beats has announced it will host Deadbeats 420, the Phoenix incarnation of the Deadbeats North American tour, Saturday, April 20, 2019 at Rawhide Event Center. Created as an extension of the Zeds Dead independent record label, Deadbeats, the 15+ date tour will carry forward Zeds Dead’s new vision for the future of electronic music and will connect passionate young creatives across the globe. The heady Deadbeats 420 lineup will feature: Zeds Dead; TroyBoi; Liquid Stranger; 1788-L and Blanke.

Launching this Spring and going through Fall 2019, Deadbeats events are planned across North America and Europe showcasing various musical artists and special guests. Each event will have an innovative on-site design with state of the art production uniquely styled to create an enhanced experience for fans. Past features have included graffiti and art walls, old school arcades, locally curated food vendors and a skate park.

General Admission tickets are available starting at $45, plus fees. The Frontlines VIP Pit Pass is available for $85, plus fees and includes access to the pit, express entry and a commemorative lanyard. All details and ticket types are available online at www.relentlessbeats.com. For more information about Deadbeats, visit www.deadbeatsofficial.com. Deadbeats 420 is an 18+ event.

Visit www.relentlessbeats.com for the most up-to-date information on all Relentless Beats events. Stay connected on Instagram and Twitter at @RelentlessBeats and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/relentlessbeats

Roots Reggae Festival Expands to Arizona

Dispatch Performing at AZ Roots Festival (2)

Its not uncommon for inaugural festivals to run into obstacles in their first year, but the highly-experienced California Roots organization based out of Monterey, which will be celebrating 10 years of success this May, was able to spread their brand successfully to Arizona February 9-10, 2019. Arizona Roots featured some of the top reggae talents with headliners like Stick Figure, Dispatch, Trevor Hall and Rebelution, among other artists. Some reggae enthusiasts traveled from nearby neighboring states while others traveled from as far as the Dakotas. “I’m stoked the Cali Roots crew decided to start another festival and pick a different month because traveling during Memorial Day weekend is expensive,” said festival attendee, Mark Smart, from South Dakota. The festival boasted 5 individual experience levels to make your weekend as memorable as possible. They ranged from General Admission to Platinum VIP, which gave festival goers access to raised viewing platforms, private restrooms, catered meals with the bands, and complimentary drinks.

It is no surprise the headliners were the highlight of the event; you could almost feel the whole Rawhide Western Town teeming with excitement as crowds began to descend toward the main stage to see Trevor Hall. The brisk desert air didn’t deter the crowd but instead initiated warm conversations between strangers as people flocked to the outdoor heaters located around the stage to stay warm while enjoying the show. As the sun began to sink lower in the sky, a chorus of voices rose up singing along to Trevor Hall’s Lime Tree and everywhere you looked you saw relaxed smiles, bright eyes and positive vibes. J Boog took the stage after Trevor Hall and played a phenomenal set as a striking Arizona sunset lit up the sky behind the main stage. The clouded sky soon gave way to big, bright stars as festival goers danced and sung to music of Atmosphere and Rebelution. The fun didn’t stop there as all attendees were given access to the two night on-site after party which kept the crowd groovin’ to the musical stylings of various artist such as Dem Atlas, The Lioness, and Mellow Psychedelic Culture into the wee hours of the night.

Movement of Jah People Art Car at AZ Roots Festival
Movement of Jah People Art Car at AZ Roots Festival

Aside from the musical headliners, Arizona Roots hosted a number of artists and vendors. The vendor booths sold everything from CBD edibles to licensed Grateful Dead merchandise, while various artists live-painted murals. 8-time Burning Man art car, Movement of Jah People, greeted festival goers as they entered the venue. For those of you who have never seen Movement of Jah People, it has two levels, a built in bathroom, and a large metal roaring lion head covering the front of the vehicle. The tongue features a bench that seats two! MoJP’s second story allowed attendees unparalleled views of the stages and the beautiful Phoenix landscape. The lion’s head is covered in small Burning Man symbols that were plasma cut into the sheet metal, those drops were then given out to participants during the art car’s first few years on the playa. “You could own a piece of the art car,” remarks owner and Arizona local, Ian Liljeblad. Aside from cruising around Burning Man for the past 8 years, MoJP has been in a number of parades and hopes to frequent other regional burns and festivals.

Big Willy Art Car at AZ Roots Festival
Big Willy Art Car at AZ Roots Festival

Liljeblad also brought his recent creation and new art car: Big Willy. Big Willy is a replica of wartime Willy’s MB that is roughly two times the scale and is a fully functional trail-ready Jeep. If that wasn’t enough, Big Willy has been outfitted with pulsing LEDs that add a touch of spunk to this spot-on military replica. Between the blocks on the pedals that allow drivers to reach and the comically oversized steering wheel, climbing up into Big Willy’s driver seat will make you feel like a kid again. Thank you Ian for sharing your art with Arizona Roots!

If you find yourself looking for a reggae festival nestled in the desert mountains, Arizona Roots should be number 1 on your list, but don’t take my word for it, come check it out for yourself!

10th Anniversary of Crush AZ Expands to 2 Days

Crush Arizona 2019

Phoenix, AZ – In an industry where festivals strive just to return consecutive years, CRUSH AZ stands a beacon as it readies to celebrate a decade as Arizona’s longest standing EDM festival. Expanding to two days, the 10th Anniversary of CRUSH AZ with return to the Rawhide Event Center on Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16 and will feature a lineup reflective of this milestone. Teasing a first round of artists that includes: Alesso; Blossom; Kaivon; Spag Heddy and Wuki, much more to be announced in the coming weeks.

Created by Relentless Beats’ founder Thomas Turner, the event has grown to include cities across the country under the Insomniac brand but always returning each year to its original home- Arizona. Featuring lineups that often lived bigger than its original, single-day format would suggest, past installments have featured: Kaskade; Porter Robinson; Dada Life; Borgeous; Black Tiger Sex Machine; Getter; Grandtheft; Bro Safari; Keys N Krates; DVBBS; GTA; Seven Lions; Jauz; SayMyName; Infected Mushroom; Tritonal; Laidback Luke; and Yellow Claw, amongst others.

“Relentless Beats has produced a myriad of events of all shapes and sizes, but there has always been CRUSH,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “It’s exciting to see it enter its 10th year and still be so well received by our fans. I can’t wait to reveal everything we have in store for the RB faithful.”

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; Goldrush, BOO!, ORIGINS, this New Year’s Decadence and Phoenix Lights Festival.

General Admission passes go on sale on Friday, December 7th at 12 p.m. PT for $89. VIP passes, with access to preferred VIP viewing deck, premium restrooms, commemorative lanyard, express entry and passed desserts are available starting at $149. 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.

Decadence AZ Announces Phase 1 Lineup

Decadence AZ 2018 Lineup

Phoenix, AZ  – Relentless Beats created quite a stir prior to its Goldrush Music Festival, when it announced that Skrillex, Porter Robinson (DJ set), and Eric Prydz would be headlining Decadence NYE Arizona. And while the leading dance music and EDM promoter could have easily moved forward with fillers, for the event taking place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona on December 30 and 31, 2018, the phase one lineup is already being tagged as the place to be for New Year’s Eve. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the sixth annual festival has tapped some of electronic dance music’s biggest and most buzz-worthy artists, including: 4B; Above & Beyond; Alison Wonderland; DJ Diesel; Drezo; Dr Fresch; Fransis Derelle; Gerry Gonza; Ghastly; Marshmello; Morgan Page; NGHTMRE; Rezz; San Holo; Skism b2b Trampa and Solardo. Additional artists will be announced in the coming weeks.

Additionally, Relentless Beats announced a very special New Years Eve countdown set from NGHTMRE b2b DJ Diesel aka Shaquille O’Neal. What better way to end 2018 than with confetti blasting, balloon dropping, cork popping, and a legendary performance you’re not going to want to miss.

“We’ve always ended the year on a high note, but we felt 2018 deserved a bit extra,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “The lineup is one of our most exciting to date, laying the foundation for an amazing 2019 for all.”

Situated on the Gila River Indian Community, Rawhide Event Center is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue located just south of Phoenix- a mere 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Relentless Beats will be transforming the venue 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 2018 and prepare to welcome the fresh beginnings of a new year. The venue hosts several marquee Relentless Beats events, including; BOO!, CRUSH AZ, Decadence, Global Dance Festival, and other major artist concerts.

General Admission passes for Decadence Arizona are on sale now for $199, before fees. VIP 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 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, 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.

Goldrush 2018 Recap

Goldrush 2018 Girls

Goldrush returned for its second year to the Rawhide Western Town and Event Center this past September 29-30, 2018. Did this year’s line up live up to last year’s standards for you? This year, some rainy weather augmented the stage production as lights reflected off the rain. Relentless Beats also made improvements to the layout of the festival, making crowds flow smoother from one stage to the next.

Goldrush 2018 Town

The Hideout stage and a rock climbing wall sit near the entrance to Goldrush, which leads into the main town area. This area like last year was breathtaking and incredible to see everyone all dressed up in their western attire. The town is breathtaking as it’s decked out with old western attire, including the crowd. The town featured various vendor booths and amenities, as well as a hangout zone with a giant chessboard, games, and plenty of seating for taking a break.

Next, the Pioneer Peak stage featured artists like Blossom, SoDown, Tookie, Virtual Riot, SayMyName, Black Tiger Sex Machine, TroyBoi, Rich The Kid, and Kevin Gates. The Pioneer Peak stage was quite a spectacle on Saturday, chock-full of eye-catching lasers. Unfortunately, the stage production was dialed back a bit due to the rainy weather. However, this did not hinder the artists from throwing down some great performances. Beyond the Pioneer Peak stage featured a spot for live artists to display their talents.

Beyond Pioneer Peak featured the Wagon Wheel and Golden Gorge stages. Night one featured Codeko, Said The Sky, Chris Lake, Slushii, Vince Stables, Deorro, and Deadmau5 at Golden Gorge, while the second night featured Loud Luxury, Ekali, Slander, Louis The Child, Illenium, with Steve Aoki closing out the festivities with his typical showmanship and shenanigans.

What do you think was it better than last year? Comment on our Instagram page what you think @dancebreakmusic. If you got a cold from staying with us while it was pouring, hope you feel better and stay hydrated!

Your Guide to GOLDRUSH 2018

Goldrush Festival Cowgirl

Will this year’s line up live up to last year’s standards? This is the second year of Goldrush in Arizona; 2017’s Goldrush kicked it off with a bang. Last year the headliners included: Migos, Dillon Francis, Lil Uzi Vert, RL Grime, Ghastly, Hippie Sabotage, Keys N Krates, Excision, San Holo, with a closing set by Marshmello! If you were there you would know it was an insane event, nothing like any other events this desert has seen. So, do you think this year’s line up will deliver?

Relentless Beats presents Goldrush 2018, which takes place on September 29-30, 2018 at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler, AZ. This show is 18+.

This year’s Goldrush headliners are:

Day 1: Saturday – Deadmau5, Deorro, Vince Staples, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lake (OWSLA), Codeko, Slushii, Decadon, Juice Wrld, Liquid Stranger, Said The Sky, Squnto, Virtual Riot, Wifisfuneral, YOOKiE, Yung Pinch, Born Dirty, Yotto, Max Chapman, Moon Boots, Prok | Fitch, Sacha Robotti, Claptone

Day 2: Sunday – Illenium, Ekali, Steve Aoki, Porky, Louis The Child, Marbs, Kevin Gates, Rich The Kid, Slander, Guy J, Troyboi, Jpegmafia, SayMyName, Matroda, Loud Luxury, Medasin, SoDown, Tokimonsta, Leftwing & Kody, Mikey Lion, Lee Reynolds

Goldrush 2017 Stage Flames

A view from Goldrush 2017

We’ve put together information below on some of the crowd favorites that will be at Goldrush 2018.

Slushii – Genre: Trap – Julian Scanlan, aka Slushii, is a LA based EDM producer, vocalist, and DJ. After finding his sound in his remix of Zedd and Selena Gomez’s “I Want You To Know,” which was dedicated to his more light-hearted and future bass sound, this was his first official project under the stage name “Slushii.” That was back in 2013, since then Slushii signed to Red Light Management in February 2016 and soon after released his first single “Emptiness.” In 2017 he continued to create mesmerizing upbeat tracks, including collaborations with future bass DJ, Marshmello. Slushii came out with his debut studio album titled Out Of Light in August 2017. The album has 13 songs, including previously recorded songs “Dear Me,” “My Senses,” “Step By Step,” and “I Still Recall.” Each song consists of his own “cartoonish and pitched-up” vocals.

Slander – Genre: Trap – This duo met at their fraternity in UC Irvine and later graduated from Icon Collective together. They also became close friends with Tyler (NGHTMRE) at Icon Collective. Theirstage name, Slander, comes from their real names: “S(cott) Land” and “Ander(sen)”. In 2014 their remix of Showtek’s song “We Like To Party” with NGHTMRE had well over 12 million plays on YouTube and was what most credit as Slander’s rise to popularity. Since then there’s been an overwhelming number of collaborations with NGHTMRE, WAVZ, SNAILS, Yookie, Jinzo and many others. This duo brings the fire to the stage and you can clearly see them vibing off of each other, it’s electric! Head bangers get ready!

Troyboi ‘T-R-O-Y-B-O-I’ – Genre: Trap – One of South East London’s most closely guarded secrets, this multi-talented musician specialises in extraordinarily unique, versatile, and highly musical tracks that fuse various textures from multiple genres and brands it as ‘My Style.’ TroyBoi is without a doubt one of the top up-and-coming producers in the game right now and it’s quite clear from his composition that his influences are vast indeed. He has already produced tracks with some very high profile artists and his collaboration with Flosstradamus ‘Soundclash’ is arguably one of the biggest anthems in the scene today. His style is undeniably his own, infectious to the ears and beyond stimulating to the mind. He is also one half of the Producer/DJ duo SoundSnobz with one of his best friends, icekream. Together they craft the most creative and daring audio paintings you’ll ever listen to. Buckle up and get ready to be taken into the world of TroyBoi because once you are in, you will NEVER want to get out.

SAYMYNAME – Genre: Hard Trap – Better known as Dayvid Lundie-Sherman: SAYMYNAME. As a result of years of hard work, working 35 hour weeks at Guitar Center, and his dedication to the studio in his spare time, he was signed by AM ONLY. After trying to figure out his sound with trap and hardstyle, his re-birth came about as he discovered #HARDTRAP. SAYMYNAME has been on the forefront as a pioneer of this sound movement. Numerous blogs and fans have labeled him as The Godfather of HARDTRAP. Keep an eye out for this young exciting act with his mesmerizing stage presence, ridiculous energy that has created a whole new movement, and enthusiasm that successfully converts brand new fans at every show.

Can’t wait to see who will be ending the festivities this year! What do you think? Illenium or Steve Aoki? Let us know on Instagram @dancebreakmusic!

If you haven’t already, grab your tickets from the Goldrush ticketing website. Enjoy Goldrush, stay safe and hydrated out there!

Decadence AZ Announces 2018 Headliners

Decadence 2018 Initial Lineup

Phoenix, AZ – Relentless Beats has caused the premature popping of champagne bottles with the announcement that Skrillex, Porter Robinson (DJ set), and Eric Prydz would be headlining Decadence NYE Arizona- a two-day New Year’s Eve celebration taking place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, Arizona on December 30 and 31, 2018. Presented by Relentless Beats and Global Dance, the fifth annual festival has played host to some of electronic dance music’s biggest and most buzz-worthy artists, including: Armin Van Buuren; Black Tiger Sex Machine; Borgore; the Chainsmokers; Deadmau5; Disclosure; Galantis; Green Velvet; Jauz; Marshmello; Slushii; DJ Snake; Zedd; Zed’s Dead and ZHU. The highly anticipated lineup joining Skrillex, Porter Robinson and Eric Prydz will be announced in the coming weeks.

“We are ensuring that New Year’s Eve is no longer for the amateurs,” says Relentless Beats founder Thomas Turner. “Assembling an opening lineup of acts who have been out of the market for some time now is a sign of things to come in 2019.”

Situated on the Gila River Indian Community, Rawhide Event Center is Arizona’s largest 1880s western-themed entertainment venue located just south of Phoenix- a mere 20 minutes from the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. Relentless Beats will be transforming the venue 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 2018 and prepare to welcome the fresh beginnings of a new year. The venue hosts several marquee Relentless Beats events, including; BOO!, CRUSH AZ, Decadence, Global Dance Festival, and other major artist concerts.

General Admission passes for Decadence Arizona are on sale now for $159, before fees. VIP 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 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, 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 all ages event. Fans under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult.

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.

Relentless Beats Announces the Return of Goldrush

Goldrush 2018 Pre-sale

Phoenix, AZ – 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.

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.