by E.P Pirt, Jr.
Phoenix Lights Festival returns for its 3rd year in less than two weeks. The two-day event takes place Saturday April 8th & Sunday April 9th at Margaret T. Hance Park in Phoenix, AZ. Named after the mysterious, legendary “Phoenix Lights” UFO sighting, the lineup for this event is equally legendary. Colorado favorites like GRiZ, STS9, Zeds Dead, and Illenium will be joining a stacked roster that includes Above & Beyond, Alesso, Tiesto, 21 Savage, Vince Staples, Zhu, Bro Safari, Cashmere Cat, Justin Martin, Keys N Krates, Lane 8, Oliver Heldens, Pete Tong, Tchami, Thomas Jack, Tiga, and more. If any one word had to be used to describe this lineup my vote would be CURRENT.
Within the electronic dance music realm, you’d be hard-pressed to find a lineup that is this well balanced, relevant, and eclectic from top to bottom. Almost every artist on the bill is either a legend or a rising star. Instead of focusing only on quality headliners or going way over the top with the sheer number of acts on the bill, Phoenix Lights has kept the overall number relatively low and the quality median high. Instead of a bunch of bedroom producers you’ve never heard of at the bottom of a ridiculously long list of artists, you see names like Crizzly, Felix Da Housecat, Ganja White Night, Hucci, Jax Jones, The Knocks, LOUDPVCK, Robotti vs Sirus Hood, Said The Sky, Tokimonsta, and Viceroy to name a few. No festival lineup exists without its haters and while this one is surely no exception, it’s got to be one of the more crowd-pleasing ones to date.
So what about the location? Well first off, it’s in sunny Arizona. I know what you’re thinking – “Yea, but Arizona is SO HOT, I’m just gonna be sweatin my junk off all weekend.” Yes, Arizona IS hot. But much like Colorado, it’s a DRY climate. So you’ll probably only sweat a little of your junk off. And honestly it’s still early April, so it actually might not be all that hot. The average high for April in Phoenix is 85, with an average low of 60. And like I said, this is EARLY April. Which means you could be escaping a blizzard here in CO…just sayin’.
The venue itself, Margaret T. Hance Park, is a beautiful urban park spread across 32 pristine acres right near the heart of downtown Phoenix. With this urban backdrop, getting to and from your hotel and the heady after parties going down will be a breeze. With such a stellar lineup set against a warm and sunny urban backdrop that’s so accessible from Colorado, why wouldn’t you consider it for a quick getaway? Especially when tickets are still only $159. Find info on those, as well as lodging, travel, and more below.
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