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From EDM to ABCs: Neon Desert’s Hardwell Turns Up Against Poverty, Education Scarcity

The glory of the festival media pass is always unpredictable for the music journalist, but the adventure is always guaranteed.

For Neon Desert 2017, a sit-down with headlinining DJ Hardwell revealed less of how his new single with Austin Malone, “Creatures of the Night” related to my festival war cry and was more of discovering the humility of an EDM genius with a purpose to change the world with more than just beats.

Netherlands-born Robbert van de Corput, 29, has expedited the average life journey of success and reached the heights of the title as #1 DJ twice before the age of 25. The first major fist pump of his career presented itself as a record deal at the age of 14, only 2 years after first experimenting with electronic dance music.

Hardwell’s first decade of DJing proved his ability to consistently move mountains of crowds one beat drop at a time, boasting a festival resume that includes Electric Daisy Carnival, Tomorrowland, Ultra, Coachella and countless others. As his career continues to peak, Hardwell’s influence now has a new burst of hands in the air that don’t belong to the average concert rager.

In December 2015, Hardwell’s project, United We Are, joined forces with GuestList4Good Enterprise to educate thousands of India’s youth by way of The World’s Biggest Guest List Festival (WBGLF).

“At a certain point in my career when I became more successful, it’s really something amazing to give something back to the world in general,” Hardwell said. “When I came to India for the first time I was heartbroken by seeing so many homeless kids. Doing a concert to get so many kids to school is an amazing feeling.”

In its first year, the “party-for- good” production in Mumbai was attended by 80,000 fans and live-streamed by more than 10 million others, with sponsors flocking to support the cause.

Festival proceeds translated into an educational currency that supported more than 18,000 Indian children via international non-profit organization, the Magic Bus Program. According to their website, Magic Bus moves children out of poverty by way of mentors and a sports-based curriculum that instills healthy habits in education, health, gender equity and leadership.

Close to 300,000 children benefit from the program, with over 70% graduating high school and entering college. In 2017, the organizers will target 100,000 more, and will continue to spread efforts all over the world.

The Hardwell dance vibe at Neon Desert felt like it was enough to split the asphalt on Mills and Mesa. Mid-jump, it dawned on me that the same intensity would carry through to WBGLF and create social earthquakes in the economic dichotomies of the countries served by the Magic Bus with the sorcery of music.

And like the second wind that soothes the aching feet and tired arms from pounding and flailing in my tiny bubble of EDM street bliss, Hardwell is going hard beyond his career in music, and now dancing into the minds that will influence the leaders, educators, musicians and cage rattlers of tomorrow.

In the past year, other musicians have steered in their own social media and fan base influence onto the road to education. In a March news conference, hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper donated $1M to the Chicago Public System to benefit the arts and enrichment programming.

The artist recently headlined JMBLYA in Dallas and Austin, a festival that partners with Neon Desert organizers through promotion network ScoreMore Shows.

A Twitter impulse in early May by hip hop singer/songwriter Nicki Minaj resulted in thousands of dollars in payment favors for tuition and loans for students around the U.S. Later, the model officially announced her intentions to launch a charity based founded on the spontaneous generosity.

At a time when budget cut proposals threaten an already unsound federal education system, there’s a newfound delight in the sweet sounds of those charging up the masses through the religion of beats, rhythm and soul.

Dance on, rage on, and get louder.

To view our photo coverage of NDMF, click Day One or Day Two, to check out the art of Los Visionaries, click HERE.

Gallery+Story: Artists Add Color To Neon Desert

The 2017 edition of Neon Desert Music Festival has come and gone, with El Paso’s Khalid giving the most memorable performance on the Franklin Mountain Stage, in front of a herd of fans that spanned over two blocks in the heart of the city.

As the music played and the fans moved across the venue from stage to stage, there was another form of artistic talent on display. Since 2011, the two-day festival has hosted dozens of artists who showcase their graffiti art, body paint and other forms of abstract art.

“We’ve always been participating since the first year, we’ve always attended as guests and had a lot of fun. Off that same idea and doing some street art we would actually be part of Neon Desert on our own,” Los Visionaries Collective artist Victor Soto said. “We would hit up the neighborhood where Neon Desert happens prior to the festival, so we were kind of unofficially part of it…we finally got invited to be part of the official lineup.”

This type of artwork takes time, as it unfolds throughout the duration of the festival. The hours spent finishing the piece often go unnoticed by fans in attendance, but it’s the finished product that gets the praise.

Along with local talent, he artists group included members from Austin, San Diego, and Juarez.

“We plan it in advance…I think the challenge part of being a collective is being able to incorporate so many people with different traits into one project,” Soto said. “Finding a way where it’s all balanced and where nothing overpowers the other, everything’s strong on its own.”

Soto did say that the group meets to plan their projects for the show and the goal is to improve on previous work, but once they reach a halfway point on an original idea, they begin to “improvise.”

He adds that the goal behind these projects is to give those in attendance a different form of entertainment. The main attraction will always be the musicians, but between the acts and while folks grab a bite, there is plenty of time to appreciate the visual arts.

“Everyone’s out here to have fun, to see something live. To see either their favorite band or people that they really like live, a performance,” Soto said. “That’s what we’re trying to bring as well as far as art goes, performance arts.”

To view some of their art, check out the gallery below, to check out the entire NDMF click Day One or Day Two.

 

Neon Desert Announces Daily Music Lineup, Single Day Pass Prices

Officials with the Neon Desert Music Festival unveiled the daily music lineup for the annual event, set to return to Downtown El Paso on May 27 and 28.

Promoters also announced the availability of single-day, general admission passes for $79; festival attendees can purchase those at Neon Desert’s website.

Additionally, GA weekend passes to the two-day event are still available for $119, along with J&K weekend VIP passes for $250 and J&K Platinum weekend VIP passes for $550. J&K VIP ticket holders will receive a variety of perks including re-entry to the festival, complimentary drinks, as well as complimentary dinner daily at 6:00 p.m.

J&K Platinum VIP ticket holders will be offered all of the regular VIP perks, in addition to exclusive access to a main stage viewing deck, complimentary drinks and meals throughout each day of the festival, and more.

Interested patrons are encouraged to act soon as supply of the J&K VIP and Platinum VIP passes is very limited.

Taking place over 15 city blocks in the heart of downtown El Paso encompassing two city parks, Cleveland Square Park and San Jacinto Plaza, Neon Desert Music Festival proudly welcomes headlining performances on Saturday, May 27 from Colombian R&B singer J Balvin, whose single “Ginza” off of his 2016 album, Energía, broke the record for most views on YouTube of any Latin music video in the first 24 hours.

Internationally renowned DJ and producer, Alesso, who has been heralded as the forerunner of the next generation of house music; as well as rapper/producer and self described “Young Sinatra,” Logic, whose latest album, Everybody has been received with much praise from fans and critics alike.

Headlining Sunday’s performances will include EDM heavyweight and one of the most in demand DJ’s in the world, Hardwell, whose performance is sure to bring high-energy to the festival until the very end of the weekend-long celebration in downtown El Paso; the Grammy-nominated indie-pop band Foster the People, who are currently working on their highly anticipated follow up to the band’s acclaimed 2014 album, Supermodel; and Migos, whose sophomore album, Culture, recently topped the Billboard 200 for several weeks this spring and was boosted in large part by the No. 1 hit “Bad and Boujee.”

The headlining performances on Saturday will be supported with performances by former Grammy winner and rapper Nelly; as well as one of today’s most exciting breakout hip-hop artists, Lil Uzi Vert, whose recent collaboration on Migos’ hit single “Bad and Boujee” resulted in his first number one single this January on the US Billboard Hot 100; tropical-house pioneer and DJ Thomas Jack; Venezuelan-based disco-funk band Los Amigos Invisibles; Mexican rockers DLD; and more.

Sunday’s schedule is also set to include performances by Texas-based electro-funk duo Ghostland Observatory; Chilean singer-songwriter Mon Laferte; electronic producer and creator of the smash hit, “Harlem Shake”, Baauer; rising R&B sensation and El Paso’s own Khalid; five-piece indie pop band and nominee for Best New Artist at the 2016 Latin Grammys, The Chamanas; and more.

NEON DESERT MUSIC FESTIVAL 2017 – DAILY LINEUP:

SATURDAY, MAY 27

J BALVIN – ALESSO – LOGIC

NELLY – LIL UZI VERT THOMAS JACK MIJA TRAE THA TRUTH

LOS AMIGOS INVISIBLES – DLD – MARC E. BASSY – TENNYSON

MICHAEL CHRISTMAS BOGAN VIA SORRYTOWN – RIBO FLAVIN

NICO AND THE SILENT FILMS – THE OTHER HALF – OUR FRIEND THE MOUNTAIN – MIIJAS

FRYTHM YUNG JUNG EDDY BOY IF WE WERE TURTLES – VOLTA

SUNDAY, MAY 28

HARDWELL FOSTER THE PEOPLE MIGOS

GHOSTLAND OBSERVATORY MON LAFERTE BAAUER – KHALID

PORTER TY SEGALL SNOW THA PRODUCT – THE CHAMANAS

MEDASIN FRONTERA BUGALU – J^HIR – STAN Z – RARE INDIVIDUALS

KILO AND THE DEW • DAYLUTA MEANS KINDNESS ACID PIE TROST HOUSE

MIKEY CLOUD POLAROIDS FLAMÉL – ROSE.GOLDEN – BRANDON BAILEY JOHNSON

 

Over the past six years, Neon Desert has hosted over 130,000 attendees, as well as a variety of internationally renowned talent, with the likes of Tiësto, Future, J. Cole, Daddy Yankee, Kaskade, Passion Pit, Zoé, Ximena Sariñana, Mala Rodríquez, G-Eazy, Zedd, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, and Moby having previously played at the festival. Neon Desert looks to take this year’s event to new heights with a wide variety of stellar music acts set to perform over three stages, along with a silent disco stage, multiple live art installations, and a variety of local food vendors and merchants.

Neon Desert Music Festival would like to thank Southwest University, who is the new presenting partner in 2017, in addition to sponsors Heineken USA and Glazers Distributors, who are part of a continuation of multi-year partnerships that began in 2016. Dos Equis, the official beer of Neon Desert, will help in keeping fans’ thirsts quenched for years to come. Neon Desert would also like to thank additional sponsors and partners who helped make the festival possible including Whataburger, Malibu Rum, Coke, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Red Bull, El Paso Electric, J&K, Electric Sky Wine, Hospitals Of Providence, Hunt Companies, El Paso’s Museum and Cultural Affairs Division (MCAD), and Sun City Pride.

For more information on the festival, go to www.neondesertmusicfestival.com. Follow Neon Desert Music Festival at facebook.com/neondesert, on Instagram at @ndmf, and on Twitter at @neondesert for updates and special promotions. The official hashtag of Neon Desert 2017 is #NDMF2017.

Neon Desert Announces Special Ticket Prices, Sales for Military, Vets, Students

On Tuesday, organizers with the Neon Desert Music Festival (NDMF) announced specially priced two-day General Admission (GA) tickets for all US military members and local veterans at Fort Bliss, and a special one-day sale for students this Saturday.

The Weekend GA passes of Neon Desert Music Festival are available now for purchase for just $99 specifically at the LTS on East Bliss, BLDG 20732 and the Freedom Crossing LTS Kiosk. Interested ticket buyers must present an official military ID in order to purchase tickets to this event.

Additionally, NDMF will hold a special one-day ticket sale for area high school and college students taking place Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at both the Phit Phuel East and West locations. 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.

NDMF is slated to return to downtown El Paso on Memorial Day weekend, May 27 and 28. Over the past six years, Neon Desert has offered 130,000+ attendees an eclectic mix of mainstream American performances alongside acclaimed international acts.

With a wide variety of more than 40 stellar music acts set to perform over three stages, along with a silent disco stage, multiple live art installations, and numerous local food vendors and merchants, this year’s festival looks to be larger and more exciting than previous years.

2017 performers include headliners Hardwell, Foster The People, J Balvin, Alesso and Logic, with additional acts including Migos, Ghostland Observatory, Nelly, Lil Uzi Vert, Mon Laferte and more.

For more information on the festival, go to www.neondesertmusicfestival.com or follow Neon Desert Music Festival at facebook.com/neondesert, on Instagram at @ndmf, on Twitter at @neondesert, and on Snapchat at @neondesert on for updates and special promotions.

WHERE:

Military Ticket Sales

Fort Bliss – LTS on East Bliss, Building 20732

Fort Bliss – LTS Kiosk at Freedom Crossing

Student Ticket Sales

Phit Phuel – 1757 George Dieter Drive, Suite #121 El Paso, TX

Phit Phuel – 5411 N Mesa Street, El Paso, TX

 

WHEN: Military Ticket Sales – Ongoing while supplies last

Student Ticket Sales

Saturday, April 22, 2017

10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. MT

TICKETS:

Military Ticket Sales

$99 for GA weekend passes

*An official military ID must be presented to purchase tickets

Student Ticket Sales

$100 for GA weekend passes

*A valid student ID must be presented to purchase tickets

*Limit is two GA weekend tickets per person

Neon Desert would like to thank their 2017 partners, including the new presenting sponsor Southwest University, as well as the additional partners who help make the festival possible including Dos Equis, Whataburger, Malibu Rum, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Red Bull, Jim Beam, J&K, Electric Sky Wine, Hunt Companies, and El Paso’s Museum and Cultural Affairs Division (MCAD).

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Neon Desert Set to Return in 2017; Early-Bird Tickets on Sale Now

Officials with the Neon Desert Music Festival unveiled initial details surrounding the 2017 event, which will again take place on Memorial Day weekend.

The seventh installment of the beloved Texas festival will happen over two-days, Saturday, May 27 and Sunday, May 28in the heart of downtown El Paso.

Early-bird GA weekend tickets cost $99, while early-bird two-day VIP tickets are available for $250. Both of these specially priced tickets are available for purchase now at www.neondesertmusicfestival.com. Interested patrons are encouraged to act fast as these tickets are in short supply and will increase in price as the event date approaches.

Neon Desert will be announcing the initial music lineup, along with additional Festival details in the upcoming months.

Now in its seventh year, Neon Desert has cumulatively hosted over 130,000 attendees, with over 32,000 music-fans partaking in last year’s two-day celebration. Since its inception in 2011, the event has offered attendees an eclectic mix of mainstream American performers alongside acclaimed international acts, with past performers including J. Cole, Kaskade, Passion Pit, Zoé, Ximena Sariñana, Mala Rodriguez, G-Eazy, Zedd, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, Capital Cities, Carla Morrison, and Moby.

The 2016 festival proudly welcomed performances from a wide variety of acclaimed acts, including Deftones, Tiësto, Future, Daddy Yankee, Carnage, Ludacris, Tyler, The Creator; A$AP Ferg, Tory Lanez, Natalia Lafourcade, Duke Dumont, Wolfgang Gartner, MUTEMATH, STRFKR, Cults, AlunaGeorge, Mark Farina, and Niykee Heaton, along with more than 40 other talented performers.

In addition to the music performances throughout the weekend, fans at the 2016 Neon Desert Music Festival experienced an expanded footprint in historic downtown El Paso, which included a dedicated stage for local artists in the newly renovated San Jacinto Square. Other new additions to the festival included a skate ramp, pro wrestling, numerous live art installations, and more.

Neon Desert will continue to be produced in partnership with Texas-based ScoreMore Shows, and will feature a diverse mix of nationally acclaimed and up-and-coming music acts, as well as local food vendors and merchants. ScoreMore now routes tours through nine markets in the Southwest United States, including Dallas, Austin, Houston, San Antonio, El Paso, San Marcos, and more, producing more than 150 club shows per year, not including its festival properties: JMBLYA in both Dallas and Austin, and the new Mala Luna Music Festival in San Antonio.

ScoreMore also helped to bring about one of the most successful and sought-after events in SXSW history, The ILLMORE, which concluded in 2016. The Austin-based group now regularly books shows with the likes of Kendrick Lamar, J. Cole, Wiz Khalifa, Big Sean, Chance the Rapper, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, and more who have grown from playing shows at 100-person bars to 10,000+ arenas.

Neon Desert would like to thank their 2017 partners, Heineken USA and Glazers Distributors, both of whom entered into a new multi-year partnership with the festival. Dos Equis, the official beer of Neon Desert, also helped to keep fans’ thirsts quenched throughout the 2016 festival weekend and will continue to do so for years to come.

Neon Desert would also like to thank returning sponsor Red Bull for their continued support.

For additional information on the festival and to stay updated on all Neon Desert happenings, please visit www.neondesertmusicfestival.com. Follow Neon Desert Music Festival at facebook.com/neondesert, on Instagram at @ndmf, on Twitter at @neondesert, and on Snapchat at @neondesert for updates and special promotions. The Festival’s official hashtag is #NDMF2017.

To view photos of 2016’s event, Click HERE

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Story in Many Pics: Neon Desert 2016 – Day 1

Bigger. Better. Louder.  Neon Desert returned to the heart of El Paso, bringing all the music and fun expected from an event this size. Here’s Andres Acosta’s view of NDMF16!

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Niykee Heaton performing on the Franklin Mountains Stage at Neon Desert Music Festival Day One-
Niykee Heaton performing on the Franklin Mountains Stage at Neon Desert Music Festival Day One-

 

Neon Desert Releases Full Performance Schedule, Set Times for Festival

Neon Desert Music Festival is excited to announce the set times and full performance schedule for the sixth annual event, which is slated to return to downtown El Paso on Memorial Day weekend, May 28 and 29.

Both single-day and two-day passes are on sale now, while full weekend passes are also available for in-store purchase at all El Paso and Las Cruces Mattress Firm locations.

The 2016 performance schedule is listed below by day and stage. Festival gates open at 3:00 p.m. (MT) daily with all sets subject to change. To view the complete schedule, including the lineup for the Silent Disco Stage Presented By GECU, please visit www.neondesertmusicfestival.com

Neon Desert will once again offer an eclectic mix of mainstream American performers alongside acclaimed international acts at this year’s event.

Photo Courtesy: Neon Desert Music Fest Facebook Page
Photo Courtesy: Neon Desert Music Fest Facebook Page

Over the past five years, Neon Desert has hosted over 100,000 attendees, but now looks to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever with a wide variety of stellar music acts set to perform over three stages, along with a silent disco stage, multiple live art installations, and numerous local food vendors and merchants.

Single-day general admission passes to the festival cost just $79, and are available online.

Additionally, GA weekend passes are still available for $119 as well as J&K VIP weekend passes, which are on sale now for $250.

Both GA and VIP two-day weekend passes are available for sale online, as well as at all El Paso and Las Cruces Mattress Firm locations.

VIP perks include complimentary beverages, exclusive lounge area, private catering by Taco Tote and The Pizza Joint each night, a separate VIP entrance with re-entry access, and additional amenities

SATURDAY, MAY 28

FRANKLIN MOUNTAINS STAGE PRESENTED BY MATTRESS FIRM

11:00pm – 12:15am Deftones

9:00pm – 10:00pm Tyler, The Creator

7:30pm – 8:00pm Niykee Heaton

5:00pm – 6:00pm Tolidos

3:30pm – 4:15pm Good Field


RIO BRAVO STAGE PRESENTED BY DOS EQUIS

12:15am – 2:00am Carnage with special guests

10:00pm – 11:00pm Future

8:00pm – 9:00pm Wolfgang Gartner

6:00pm – 7:00pm Louis The Child

4:15pm – 5:00pm New Paso


PASO DEL NORTE STAGE

10:30pm – 11:30pm Mutemath

8:30pm – 9:30pm Cults

6:30pm – 7:30pm Mark Farina

4:45pm – 5:30pm River Tiber

3:15pm – 4:00pm Nalgadas


HOMEGROWN LIVE STAGE

9:25pm – 10:00pm Varsity Alumni

8:50pm – 9:15pm Ribo Flavin

8:15pm – 8:40pm The DA

7:45pm – 8:05pm Chuco Soul Project

7:05pm – 7:30pm LFDC

6:30pm – 6:55pm Great Shapes

5:55pm – 6:20pm Alabama Deathwalk

5:20pm – 5:45pm Dayluta Means Kindness

5:45pm – 5:10pm Villian’s Kiss

4:10pm – 4:35pm Stan Z

3:35pm – 4:00pm Call For Candor

3:00pm – 3:25pm Trost House


SUNDAY, MAY 29

FRANKLIN MOUNTAINS STAGE PRESENTED BY MATTRESS FIRM

11:00pm – 12:15am Ludacris

9:00pm – 10:00pm A$AP Ferg & Tory Lanez

7:00pm – 8:00pm Natalia Lafourcade

5:00pm – 6:00pm Hayden James

3:45pm – 4:15pm Divine Kegel


RIO BRAVO STAGE PRESENTED BY DOS EQUIS

12:15am – 2:00am Tiësto

10:00pm – 11:00pm Daddy Yankee

8:00pm – 9:00pm Duke Dumont

6:00pm – 7:00pm AlunaGeorge

4:15pm – 5:00pm Trill Sammy & Dice Soho


PASO DEL NORTE STAGE

10:30pm – 11:30pm STRFKR

8:30pm – 9:30pm Whilk and Misky

6:30pm – 7:30pm Wrestlers

4:45pm – 5:30pm Mesa Inn

3:15pm – 4:00pm Kilo and the Dew


HOMEGROWN LIVE STAGE

9:25pm – 10:00pm Rare Individuals

8:50pm – 9:15pm Emily Davis

8:15pm – 8:40pm The Other Half

7:45pm – 8:05pm Animalsoul

7:05pm – 7:30pm Acid Pie

6:30pm – 6:55pm Frythm

5:55pm – 6:20pm Miss Gulch

5:20pm – 5:45pm Hope Riot

5:45pm – 5:10pm Mr. Crazy

4:10pm – 4:35pm If We Were Turtles

3:35pm – 4:00pm Sluur

3:00pm – 3:25pm Miijas

For the 2016 event, Neon Desert is also excited to announce a new multi-year partnership with sponsors Heineken USA and Glazers Distributors. Dos Equis, the official beer of Neon Desert, will help in keeping fan’s thirsts quenched for years to come.

Neon Desert would also like to thank additional sponsors and partners who help make the festival possible, including Whataburger, Mattress Firm, GECU, El Paso Electric, Red Bull, Jarritos, Hunt Companies, J&K, Barefoot Wine, El Paso Water Utilities and the City of El Paso.

For more information on the festival and to stay updated on all Neon Desert happenings, please visit www.neondesertmusicfestival.com. Follow Neon Desert Music Festival at facebook.com/neondesert, on Instagram at @ndmf, on Twitter at @neondesert, and on Snapchat at @neondesert for updates and special promotions.

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Sun City Music Fest Announces Headliners for Labor Day Weekend Concerts

Officials with Sun City Music Fest announced their headliners Tuesday for the annual music festival.

On Saturday, September 3rd Skrillex and The Chainsmokers will perform, followed by Kaskade and Galantis on Sunday. Here is the announcement posted to DiscoDonnie’s page

While we wait to kick up the dust again at Ascarate Park, we’re gonna remind everyone that #ElPasoKnowsHowToParty by releasing the names of our 2016 headliners. Take a selfie with The Chainsmokers on the first day of our desert adventure as the duo brings their rosy crate to El Paso.

Things will really get heated Saturday though when Skrillex brings his eclectically bass-heavy collection to close out the main stage on September 3rd. The fun doesn’t stop there as Sunday sees a sea fox motif with Galantis bringing their soothing melodies to the stage. But it’s Kaskade who’ll bring waves to our atmosphere when he headlines the final night of our two-day adventure.

With two days of music spread over three stages, residents can Buy their tickets today to join in on the celebration.

 

Neon Desert Music Festival Announces Daily Lineup; Single Day Tickets now on Sale

Neon Desert Music Festival is excited to announce today the daily lineup for the 2016 Festival, which is slated to take place May 2829 in El Paso, Texas. Single-day general admission tickets are now on sale and are available for purchase online.

Single-day general admission passes to the festival cost just $79. Additionally, GA weekend passes are still available for $119 as well as J&K VIP weekend passes, which are on sale now for $250. GA and VIP two-day weekend passes are available for sale online, as well as at all El Paso and Las Cruces Mattress Firm locations.

VIP perks include complimentary beverages; exclusive lounge area; private catering by Taco Tote and The Pizza Joint each night; a separate VIP entrance with re-entry access; and additional amenities.

Neon Desert has an incredible music lineup slated for the sixth annual festival during Memorial Day Weekend in El Paso. Saturday’s headliners include Deftones, who will be performing in support of their new album, Gore, which was just released this April; Future, who will be performing in support of the two acclaimed hip-hop albums he released earlier this year, Purple Reign and Evol as well as his collaborative mixtape with Drake, What a Time to Be Alive and DJ/producer Carnage, who will be bringing special guests to the weekend-long celebration.

Also Tyler, The Creator; Mutemath; Wolfgang Gartner; Cults; Mark Farina; Niykee Heaton and more will also help round out the sounds of Saturday.

EDM pioneer and one of the top DJ’s in the world, Tiësto, is set to headline on Sunday; along with international reggaeton sensation Daddy Yankee and hip-hop megastar Ludacris.

Additional acts set to close out the two-day fest include a special collaborative performance between A$AP Ferg and Tory Lanez; Natalia Lafourcade; Duke Dumont; AlunaGeorge; STRFKR; Hayden James; G Herbo and more than ten other acclaimed acts.

The full single-day lineup can be found below and HERE.

SATURDAY, MAY 28

Deftones • Future • Carnage (with special guests) • Tyler, The Creator • Mutemath • Wolfgang Gartner • Cults • Mark Farina • Niykee Heaton • Louis The Child • Tolidos • River Tiber New Paso • Nalgadas • Good Field • The DA • Chuco Soul Project • LFDC • Call for Candor • Great Shapes • Alabama Deathwalk  • Dayluta Means Kindness • Villian’s Kiss • Trost House • Stan Z

SUNDAY, MAY 29

Tiësto • Daddy Yankee • Ludacris • A$AP Ferg & Tory Lanez • Natalia Lafourcade • Duke Dumont • AlunaGeorge • STRFKR • Hayden James • G Herbo • Whilk & Misky • Wrestlers • Ribo Flavin • Mesa Inn • Rare Individuals • Emily Davis • The Other Half • Hope Riot • Acid Pie • ANiMALSOUL • Sluur • Miijas • If We Were Turtles • Kilo and the Dew • Mr. Crazy

Neon Desert will once again offer an eclectic mix of mainstream American performers alongside acclaimed international acts at this year’s event.

Over the past five years, Neon Desert has hosted over 100,000 attendees, but now looks to make this year’s event bigger and better than ever with a wide variety of stellar music acts set to perform over three stages, along with a silent disco stage, multiple live art installations, and numerous local food vendors and merchants.

Additional Neon Desert event details, including the full performance schedule, will be announced in the upcoming weeks. For more information on the festival and to stay updated on all Neon Desert happenings, please visit www.neondesertmusicfestival.com.  Follow Neon Desert Music Festival at facebook.com/neondesert, on Instagram at @ndmf, on Twitter at @neondesert, and on Snapchat at @neondesert for updates and special promotions.

 

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