Dab The Sky, Griztronics, Whipped Cream join Skrillex, Diplo, Illenium, and more to complete Decadence AZ’s 2019 lineup

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Dab The Sky, Griztronics, Whipped Cream join Skrillex, Diplo, Illenium, and more to complete Decadence AZ’s 2019 lineupGriz Live Credit Chloe Kinally Charlotte Sessions

Phoenix is quickly becoming one of electronic music’s favorite New Year’s destinations with Decadence. The festival’s consistent ability to lock in top-tier electronic talent gives party goers a two-day sonic snapshot of the year’s most popular music just ahead of the ball drop. While there’s no snow or skating in sight, Phoenix generally tends to make up for its lack of winter with an unbeatable year-ending Decadence lineup. Now, previously announced headliners Skrillex, Diplo, Illenium, Malaa and Tchami are joined by a final wave of talent that completes this year’s billing.

Dabin and Said The Sky will perform under their joint Dab The Sky banner, GRiZ and Subtronics will perform as Griztronics, and breakout producer Whipped Cream all round out this year’s lineup. Additional firepower comes by way of Night Bass boss AC Slater, Zeds Dead, JOYRYDE, Fisher, and Jamie Jones. Decadence runs December 30 – 31 at Rawhide Events Center. See the full lineup below.

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Getter, Troyboi, Adventure Club, and more top Goldrush phase two lineup

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Goldrush Music Festival its preparing for it’s third edition, bringing a little extra heat to the tail end of Arizona’s summer swelter. The festival announced the first phase of 2019’s lineup in June with electronic power players like ZHU, Alison Wonderland, and Destructo topping the initial wave of talent for this year’s iteration. Now, Goldrush is following up with an equally stacked second phase billing that includes Getter, Adventure Club, Green Velvet, Troyboi and more.

The two-day event, running September 27 – 28 features a diverse array of electronic and hip-hop acts, from Zomboy to Sheck Wes, Hermitude to Lil Texas, with tons in between. Tickets to Goldrush are on sale now, don’t sleep. See the full festival lineup below.

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FORM Arcosanti announces Florence + The Machine as first headliner ahead of 2019 lineup

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FORM Arcosanti announces Florence + The Machine as first headliner ahead of 2019 lineupFlorence The Machine Line Credt Red Bull

FORM Arcosanti is prepping a return to Arizona’s high desert in May, and, coinciding with Florence + The Machine‘s announcement of their upcoming North American summer tour, the band has been revealed to be the festival’s first headliner for the 2019 iteration. FORM, now in its sixth year, occupies Arizona’s unique micro-city, Arcosanti, and just like the host venue, the event has built a rich artistic history of being anything but ordinary in a short amount of time.

Florence + The Machine top this year’s lineup which is expected to land in full in the first week of February. Past headliners have included Flying Lotus, Solange, and James Blake, along with annual performances by Skrillex and the festival’s curators and organizers, OWSLA-signed Hundred Waters. Florence, embarking on a 17-stop run alongside FORM alumni Blood Orange and Perfume Genius, is a a telling, and exciting lead announcement from FORM, signaling another impeccably programmed event slated for May 10 – 12 at Arcosanti.

Decadence Arizona partners with fundraising platform Surreal for a variety of once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences [Giveaway]

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Decadence Arizona partners with fundraising platform Surreal for a variety of once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences [Giveaway]Shaq 2018 Billboard 1548

In recent years, Arizona has become a New Year’s Eve hotspot for EDM revelers with the rise of Decadence — one of the most increasingly in-demand festivals of the year, marked by blockbuster lineups and one-of-a-kind fan experiences. This year, the festival is promising headline performances from Eric Prydz and Skrillex, with Above & Beyond, REZZ, Porter Robinson, and Marshmello all featured on the 2018 lineup as well. Though more than just an immersive festival environment and a stacked talent roster, Decadence is also promoting once-in-a-lifetime fan experiences through their renewed partnership with fundraising platform Surreal this year.

This year’s proceeds will benefit Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization which provides emotional, educational, and spiritual support to abused, neglected and at-risk children. For a small donation through the platform, fans and festival goers can enter to win a handful of exciting VIP experiences with some of this year’s performers including: getting dunked on by Shaquille O’Neal before his b2b performance with NGHTMRE, or throwing tacos on stage with Paz. There’s a meet and greet with Marshmello up for grabs, a photo opp with Alison Wonderland, and festival hangs with 4B. Prize winners also get two VIP tickets to Decadence AZ for themselves and a friend, roundtrip airfare courtesy of Orbitz and hotel accommodations in addition to their artist experience. Fans can also gain an extry to the contest of their choosing by subscribing to Childhelp’s newsletter.

Enter to win a Surreal experience at Decadence this year and donate to help a child in need. 

 

FORM Arcosanti shares stellar 2018 recap visuals and early 2019 ticket sale details

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FORM Arcosanti redefines what a festival can be each year.

Taking place in the experimental micro-city of Arcosanti in Arizona, the festival boasts breathtakingly intimate performances with zero overlap, an inspiring community of capped participants to ensure intimacy, devoid of VIP sections, accented with immersive art, cliffside pool parties, and more – not to mention the fact that the festival is backdropped by Arcosanti’s otherworldly architecture and natural landscapes.

Now, the Hundred Waters‘-curated FORM has announced a limited number of early bird passes are on sale for the festival’s 2019 edition. The festival has also shared stunning visuals that capture the 2018 edition and showcase the Arizona eco-city in an impeccably tantalizing light, albeit in just 60 seconds.

More information and tickets can be found here.

Goldrush founder tells us the secrets of successful event promotion in AZ [Q+A]

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Arizona’s general interest in dance music had been on the rise for quite some time, but it seemed to have needed a true place it could call home within the state — outside a number of select venues and events. Enter institutional brand Relentless Beats with their newest Goldrush endeavor. The shiny new Western-themed gathering, which, despite its short tenure on the circuit, has risen as a hub for mining the shiniest artistic nuggets that the industry has to offer. Goldrush carved out a niche in the Arizona sphere with ease for its inaugural 2017 edition, bringing a multitude of dance acts across the spectrum spanning from Migos, to Nicole Moudaber, to Barclay Crenshaw.

A festival of this nature would not be successful had it not been for the tenured organizers behind-the-scenes who perpetually have their ears to the ground, and a vision of success. Relentless Beats in particular has risen as the voice of dance music in the region, having created some of Arizona’s most sought-after events to date — like the New Year’s celebration Decadence, for example, or a number of club nights that bring in talent from across the country and world. Goldrush, however, is shaping up to be their largest venture yet, despite being in just its second year of production. Curious as to the mechanics behind throwing a festival that’s a guaranteed success among a saturated market in general, we sat down with one of the prime leaders of Goldrush and Relentless beats, Thomas Turner, to pick his brain on putting a gargantuan event together, hurdles they’ve faced, new additions to the festival, and more.


Tell us a bit about yourself. How did you get started in event promotion/organization?
I started producing underground electronic events in the 90s, after being influenced by European house music. Specifically progressive house.

How did the idea for Gold Rush come about, and what kicked its formation into action for you?
The western town we produce Goldrush in was a tourist destination North of Scottsdale, when i was growing up. When i saw it in its setting at Wild Horse Pass, many years after being relocated, i salivated at the idea of producing a western themed music event- it was just many years to soon and we needed to pick the right time for something so niche. I had a lot of time to think about the name and it finally felt right in 2017.

We’ve read your goal is to curate cutting-edge lineups. What is your methodology for finding acts that you feel haven’t been booked for an event of this nature before?
For us the process is long and detailed when it comes to breaking and sustaining an act’s brand in the market. We want the fans to get a great show as well as the act.

How was the process of getting Gold Rush off the ground last year? Any kinks you encountered while throwing its first edition that you’ve ironed out for this year?
Certainly the first year always encounters some hurdles and we are constantly looking to fine tune the experience, but the thing I like most is us getting our arms around hosting the best event in the space. And while it years to see our ultimate vision, we have made major strides this year.

What kinds of expansions or cool things can we expect for year 2 of Gold Rush, now that the festival is hitting its stride?
For one the mainstage is now on a new patch of grass called The Riverwalk, which we are very excited about. In addition, we have moved from 16+ to 18+ with later hours to better serve our core fan base.

What can you say about the AZ dance scene and how it’s grown over the years?
The Arizona dance scene is tremendous and i really can’t say enough good things about how strong the electronic music culture is here. We rival major markets in overall ticket volume, yet are a fraction of their size.

Who are you most excited about on the bill this year?
I’m personally most excited to see Vince Staples, Chris Lake, Loud Luxury, & of course my boy illenium

Any final words for Gold Rush attendees?
I can’t wait to see all the costumes & outfits and spend two amazing nights with everyone. Let’s ride AZ!

Skrillex booked for double duty New Year’s Eve festivals

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These days, a Skrillex set is hard to come by. However, this New Year’s Eve, fans will help him ring in 2019 at not only the previously-announced Snowta in Minneapolis, but at Arizona’s most coveted NYE experience, Decadence the day before.

Skrillex is no stranger to Decadence, either. He and Diplo closed out the fest in 2015 together in the height of their short-lived stint as Jack Ü. This year, Skrilly will join Porter Robinson as Decadence co-headliners to be announced thus far.

While the rest of the lineup for Decadence has yet to be announced, previously-booked acts have included Kaskade, deadmau5, Disclosure. Needless to say, the event is an inexorable can’t-miss for Arizonian EDM enthusiasts.

Decadence will be held December 30-31. Tickets are available now.

ARIZONA – People Crying Every Night (Friz Remix)

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Los Angeles producer Friz elegantly remixed ARIZONA‘s “People Crying Every Night.” Featuring a refreshing production technique, Friz adds his own flair to the original with alluring beats, dreamy undertones, and an infectious melody. The remix flaunts an emotive orchestra of synths that bring a playful vibe to bittersweet lyrics.

Friz brings a colorful tone to each of his creations, showcasing a knack for rousing listeners with moving progressions and uplifting harmonies. His upbeat sound gives listeners an unforgettable experience by evoking captivating sentiments with contrasts of prominent bass lines and iridescent notes. With his latest, Friz will undoubtebly mesmorize fans for his innovative rendition on ARIZONA’s classic style.

FORM Arcosanti delivers impeccably curated lineup including Chance The Rapper, Skrillex, Charli XCX and more for fifth annual installment

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It has been half a decade since Hundred Waters began bringing their creative friends to Arizona’s high desert micro-city, Arocosanti. Now, the OWSLA-championed trio have curated their finest lineup yet ahead of the fifth installment of FORM Arcosanti. The model-challenging festival alternative is gearing up for its biggest edition in yet, with a bill topped by newcomers Chance The Rapper, Charli XCX, The Black Madonna, Fleet Foxes and Beach House. FORM participants experience intimate annual performances by Skrillex and Hundred Waters, along with slated appearances this year by Mija, SOPHIE, Tennyson, Daniel Caesar and more. Local Arizona legends, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra are also scheduled to make their festival debut.

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The weekend-long event applies meticulous focus on creating an inclusive, inviting, and creative space not only for performances and visual showcases, but for education and social discourse as well. This year FORM has partnered with the ACLU, Planned Parenthood, and Chance The Rapper’s youth-empowerment initiative SocialWorks.

The fifth iteration of FORM is scheduled to take place from May 11-13.