The 2018 Neon Desert Music Festival hosted rap artists such as Lil Wayne, Gucci Mane and Playboi Carti along with proven rock artists Third Eye Blind and local favorite, At The Drive In. Latin stars Cafe Tacvba, Farruko and Bomba Estereo also lit up the night.
The two-day festival took place this past Memorial Day weekend on May 26 and 27 covering over 15 city blocks in the heart of downtown El Paso and encompassing two city parks, Cleveland Square Park and San Jacinto Plaza.
Organizers say that this year’s festival played host to over 30,000 total attendees.
Video & Interviews by Daniel Ornelas, El Paso Herald-Post. Check out our full galleries from Day One and Day Two, thanks to El Paso Herald-Post Chief Photographer ‘Ace’ Acosta
The annual Neon Desert Music Festival returned to Downtown El Paso Saturday Evening, along with thousands of music fans from around the region. Our very own Daniel L. Ornelas, Steven Cottingham and Andres ‘Ace’ Acosta were in attendance as well, not to perform, but to bring your their views of the festival.
Check out our first piece of coverage, thanks to Chief Photographer Ace Acosta below, and stay tuned for more coverage Sunday.
AUSTIN – The Grammy Award-winning and oft-labeled “Best Rapper Alive” Lil Wayne will now help headline Neon Desert in El Paso this Memorial Day weekend.
This performance marks a long-awaited return to the region after the rapper last performed in El Paso in January of 2016, which was actually the very first time Lil Wayne ever performed in El Paso as a solo artist.
With regard to the recent cancellation of Cardi B’s upcoming summer tour dates due to her pregnancy, including Neon Desert, the ScoreMore Shows team has recruited some of today’s biggest hip-hop acts to take her place on the main stage.
“We love Cardi B. We love the album. Our ScoreMore team was so excited for the opportunity to work together. Unfortunately, it won’t be on these shows, but the reason as to why is something that should truly be celebrated as we wish Cardi B, Offset and their entire family nothing but the best as they embark on this exciting new chapter,” said Sascha Stone Guttfreund, President and cofounder of ScoreMore Shows.
“We hope to work with her in the future. It is unfortunate it just didn’t work out this go-round, but we’re so lucky that Lil Wayne is ready to rock with us.”
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Neon Desert Music Festival is holding a special one-day-only discounted ticket sale for students beginning at 11am MT this Saturday, March 24 at 3 different Phit Phuel locations across El Paso.
Weekend GA passes for Neon Desert will be available during the sale for just $100, cash only. Interested ticket buyers must present a valid student ID in order to purchase tickets – limit is two GA weekend passes per person.
Quantity is limited, so early arrival is highly suggested.
For more information on the festival, visit the NDMF website. Follow Neon Desert Music Festival’s Facebook page, or via Instagram at @ndmf, on Twitter at @neondesert, and on Snapchat at @neondesert on for updates and special promotions.
Saturday, March 24 | 11:00am – 4:00pm MT (or until supplies last)
Phit Phuel (East)- 1757 George Dieter Drive, Suite #121 El Paso, TX
Phit Phuel (West) – 5411 N Mesa Street, El Paso, TX
Phil Phuel (Northeast) – 9840 Dyer St, El Paso, TX 79924
$100 for GA weekend passes
*A valid student ID must be presented to purchase tickets
*Limit is 2 GA weekend tickets per person