Neon Desert Music Festival officials announced the daily music lineup for the eighth annual event, which is slated to return to El Paso, Texas, on May 26 & 27 of Memorial Day weekend.
Taking place over 15 city blocks in the heart of downtown El Paso and encompassing two city parks, Cleveland Square Park and San Jacinto Plaza, Neon Desert is one of the first major US music festivals to emphasize booking mainstream American acts alongside acclaimed international and Latin performers since year one.
This year, the festival will welcome headlining performances on Saturday, May 27, from Dutch EDM superstar Martin Garrix, who is currently ranked the No. 1 DJ in the world on DJ Mag‘s annual Top 100 DJs Poll; El Paso-born rock icons At the Drive-In, who continue to perform in support of the band’s reunion last year after a long-awaited return from their hiatus since 2001; and the Grammy Award-winning and oft-labeled “Best Rapper Alive” Lil Wayne.
The headlining performances on Saturday will be supported with sets from alt-rock darlings Third Eye Blind, who are set to perform a variety of their decade-spanning greatest hits; rapper Playboi Carti, who continues to ride high from the success of last year’s viral smash hit “Magnolia;” the mysterious masked DJ and producer Malaa, many fans of whom suspect is the collaborative secret project of Parisian producers DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer; and Latin Grammy-nominated Mexican singer/songwriter Caloncho; in addition to Cults, Little Jesus, Dreamville Records’ Earthgang, Boogie, and more.
Headlining performances on Sunday will include Atlanta trap-rapper and New York Times best-selling author Gucci Mane, who is prepping for the debut of Glacier Boyz, his rumored collaborative super-group project with Migos and Lil Yachty; American DJ/producer Dillon Francis, who is currently prepping for the release of his next album which is said to heavily feature Latin and Spanish-language music; and rock group Café Tacvba, who hail from nearby Mexico and continue to perform in support of their recent album, Jei Beibi, which was released last May.
Sunday’s schedule is also set to include performances from Puerto Rican-born reggaeton singer and songwriter Farruko; electronic dance music duo GTA; New York-based indie-pop band The Drums; and Bomba Estéreo, who are best known for their psychedelic-cumbia style of music and who just released their latest album, Ayo, last fall to praise from critics and fans alike, and many other acts, like LANY, Lecrae, Cuco, Nao, and Buddy, among others.
Single-day GA passes are on sale now for $79 at NeonDesert.com Additionally, weekend GA passes to the two-day event are still available for $119, along with J&K weekend VIP passes for $275 and J&K Platinum weekend VIP passes for $550.
J&K VIP ticket-holders will receive a variety of perks, a dedicated VIP-only entrance, complimentary drinks by Later Later, complimentary dinner each night, official Neon Desert merch, El Paso Electric charging stations, free barber, and more.
J&K Platinum VIP passes, which sold out in their debut last year, offer the most elevated experience available to ticket buyers. The Platinum VIP attendees will receive all of the regular VIP perks, in addition to exclusive access to a main stage viewing deck, a special Platinum VIP area featuring dedicated bars and food vendors, and more.
Interested patrons are encouraged to act fast as these VIP ticket packages are in very short supply.
The daily music performance lineup for Neon Desert 2018 can be found below:
SATURDAY, MAY 26
MARTIN GARRIX • AT THE DRIVE-IN • LIL WAYNE
THIRD EYE BLIND • PLAYBOI CARTI • MALAA • CALONCHO
CULTS • LITTLE JESUS • EARTHGANG • BOOGIE • THE SWELL KIDS
GREAT SHAPES • DULCE MAL • SICK.LIFE • PILOTS OF VENUS • GILA MONSTER • YOUNG DELUXE
DIVINE KEGEL • MOUNTAIN VIBES • THE FIFTH ESTATE • MIKEY CLOUD • STANGUS • THE SANDY OHMS
SUNDAY, MAY 27
GUCCI MANE • DILLON FRANCIS • CAFÉ TACVBA
FARRUKO • GTA • THE DRUMS • BOMBA ESTÉREO
LANY • LECRAE • CUCO • NAO • BUDDY • THE GARDEN
DIRTY RIVER BOYS • NICK HIRSCH • A. BILLI FREE • SPACE CAPTAINS COLLECTIVE • WILDSTERS
FAT CAMP • SLEEPSPENT • MEDVEDI • SOUL PARADE • CRY BABY • MATT U JOHNSON
In addition to the music performances throughout the weekend, fans at the 2018 festival will experience a unique urban festival environment that literally transforms historic downtown El Paso into a festival playscape for attendees of all ages.
Key features of the festival include a dedicated stage for local artists in the San Jacinto Square, as well as a skate ramp, pro wrestling, and more.
Neon Desert will also curate a full slate of local food vendors and live visual artists for the two-day event in a continued effort to provide ticket buyers with an authentic West Texas festival experience unlike any other. The festival is also proud to benefit 2018 partner El Paso Sun City Pride.
Now in its eighth year, Neon Desert has cumulatively hosted over 170,000 attendees, with over 40,000 music fans partaking in the 2017 two-day celebration (a 25% increase from the year prior).
Since its inception in 2011, the event has offered attendees an eclectic mix of mainstream American performers alongside acclaimed international acts, with past festival performers including 2017 acts like Hardwell, Foster the People, J Balvin, Alesso, Logic, Migos, as well as Tiësto, Future, J. Cole, Kaskade, Daddy Yankee, Passion Pit, Zoé, Ximena Sariñana, Mala Rodríquez, G-Eazy, Zedd, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, and Moby, who have played in years prior.
For more information on the festival, visit the festival’s website. Follow Neon Desert Music Festival on facebook, on Instagram and on Twitter for updates and special promotions. The official hashtag of Neon Desert 2018 is #NDMF2018.