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Festival Coast Latest in festival news, reviews, interviews, videos, and photos. Fri, 05 Apr 2024 06:55:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Festival Coast 32 32 Phoenix Lights 2024: Igniting the Desert Sky with Unforgettable Beats Fri, 05 Apr 2024 06:55:00 +0000 Written By: Matalyn Trammell

Nestled within the vibrant heart of Arizona’s desert landscape, Phoenix Lights 2024 illuminated the night sky with pulsating beats and electrifying energy. Hosted at the iconic Phoenix Raceway, this year’s edition of the festival delivered an unforgettable experience for EDM enthusiasts from around the globe. Set against the backdrop of the sprawling Phoenix Raceway, attendees were treated to a breathtaking view of the illuminated track, adding a unique and exhilarating dimension to the festival atmosphere. The combination of adrenaline-pumping music and the dynamic surroundings created an immersive sensory experience unlike any other.

One of the highlights of Phoenix Lights 2024 was the electrifying performance by the one and only Dr. Oliver Tree. Known for his eclectic style and infectious energy, Dr. Tree captivated the crowd with his signature blend of EDM, hip-hop, and alternative sounds. His set was a whirlwind of pulsating beats, catchy hooks, and irresistible energy, leaving the audience craving for more.

But the excitement didn’t stop there. As the night unfolded, the stage was set on fire by the phenomenal DJ and producer, Nightmre. With his masterful command of the decks, Nightmre delivered a jaw-dropping performance that had the crowd in a frenzy. From heart-pounding bass drops to euphoric melodies, his seamless mixing and electrifying stage presence kept the energy levels soaring throughout his set.

Beyond the stellar lineup of artists, Phoenix Lights 2024 offered a plethora of immersive experiences and attractions for festival-goers to enjoy. From mesmerizing light installations to captivating art installations, every corner of the venue was adorned with creativity and innovation. Attendees were invited to explore and interact with various art installations, adding an extra dimension of visual stimulation to their festival experience.

The VIP tents at Phoenix Lights 2024 were not just spaces to relax and unwind; they were immersive experiences that transported attendees into the realm of space exploration. Inspired by the theme of astronaut vibes, the exclusive tents were adorned with futuristic decor, cosmic lighting, and otherworldly elements. From constellation projections to celestial-themed decor, every detail was carefully curated to evoke a sense of adventure and wonder. There was a station to get your hair braided and create candy bracelets to add to the PLUR energy. VIP guests were invited to embark on a journey beyond the stars, adding an extra layer of excitement and luxury to their festival experience.

Moreover, the festival’s diverse array of food vendors ensured that attendees were well-fueled throughout the event. From gourmet food trucks serving up mouthwatering dishes to refreshing beverage stations offering a variety of drinks, there was no shortage of delicious options to satisfy every craving.

In addition to the musical and visual delights, Phoenix Lights 2024 also prioritized attendee comfort and safety. The festival organizers implemented robust security measures and provided ample amenities to ensure a seamless and enjoyable experience for all. From convenient restroom facilities to designated chill-out areas, every aspect of the festival was meticulously planned to enhance attendee satisfaction.

Overall, Phoenix Lights 2024 exceeded expectations on every front. From its stunning location at the Phoenix Raceway to its stellar lineup of artists and immersive experiences, the festival delivered an unparalleled EDM extravaganza that will be remembered for years to come. As the lights dimmed and the music faded into the night, attendees were left with memories of an unforgettable weekend filled with music, art, and pure euphoria. Phoenix Lights 2024 truly shone bright as a beacon of excellence in the EDM festival scene.

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Shining Bright: A Sneak Peek into Phoenix Lights 2024 Festival Sat, 09 Mar 2024 02:55:00 +0000 Written by Katherine Hopkins

Embark on an interstellar journey at PHXLIGHTS Supernova, a celestial music festival like no other! On March 29th and 30th, the Phoenix Raceway transforms into a cosmic playground where stars collide with beats.

Brace yourself for an explosive lineup featuring luminaries such as Seven Lions, NGHTMRE, Joyryde b2b Habstrakt, ALOK, and more, culminating in a sonic spectacle that defies gravity. Witness the ethereal vibrations of Kaskade, the dynamic duo Deorro b2b Valentino Khan, and the enigmatic Dr. Oliver Tree. Brace the celestial waves with Apashe, SABAI, Residuo, and other stellar artists. Join the cosmic convergence at PHXLIGHTS Supernova — where the music transcends earthly boundaries, and the atmosphere pulsates with the energy of a star exploding. Secure your tickets now for an otherworldly experience that will leave you starstruck!

Get your tickets HERE!

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Where Gems and Jams Collide: The 2024 Recap Sat, 10 Feb 2024 02:09:00 +0000 Cowritten by Madison Fischer and Matalyn Hopkins
Photos by Matalyn Hopkins

Everywhere in the world could be considered art

But some places are like being inside of art’s heart

Places where you can look inside a gem

While hearing its corresponding jams

From February 2nd to February 4th, we experienced a gorgeous gathering of souls for a Gemmin and Jammin 2024 festival. Starting the moment we went into the gates, we were immersed into a land of authentic expression, creativity, and nourishment. Walking alongside forest fairies, playful kittens, fiery dragons, and a wide array of other beings, the grounds welcomed us in with rows of creatives and their works – gems of all shapes and sizes, third eye pinecone necklaces, flow toys, and more. 

Facet-nating Foundations  

What sound does an emerald make? 

How long would that song take? 

By combining the stunning beauty and depth of both the gems and the music, the entire weekend glimmered with multi-faceted experiences. About every 3 feet there was a completely new experience – like looking at a gem and slightly shifting the light to see a completely new perspective. 

The Quartz stage was set closest to the entrance, welcoming in attendees with a cleansing, boppy energy that was vibrant with flow – ers, dancers, slacklines, and a colorful tapestry-like cover over the top of the ground of the stage. 

The energy of the Quartz stage blended nicely into the Quilted Rummage installation – an immersive, poetic experience giving Alice in Wonderland vibes featuring a tree of attendee’s deepest memories of their relationship with music. 

Following the relaxing flow, we found ourselves being rejuvenated with chai, cacao, cuddle puddles, and mind expanding conversations at the Dewomp station. 

The heart of the layout held installations and live artists grooving along to the Emerald main stage. Giant crystals lined the stage that hosted a plethora of incredible artists including Gone Gone Beyond, The Disco Biscuits, Of The Trees, Daily Bread, and nature’s sky paintings as a backdrop every evening. 

From some nearby place

We hear the calls of the bass

The Onyx stage had us diving into the depths of the darkness with sound chefs serving up wubs and womps into the wee hours of the night. The entire stage was set inside the fairground’s main building with art installations and live artists sprinkled around. 

Need a little break from the dancing? Feel free to sit on a couch made of stuffed animals or inside a giant geometric light up shape. 

Stepping outside of the Onyx portal, we found ourselves quickly in a new sound vibration traveling from the Opal stage. This stage may have been a bit smaller, yet packed a powerful menu of artists through booming speakers and turned into the silent disco at night. 

“Hey Flow!

Which way do I go?” 

Thank you to the crews, production teams, artists, and attendees that all put in their energy to make this weekend possible! 

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Bonnaroo 2024: Lineup Drop and Sustainability Initiatives Sat, 20 Jan 2024 23:07:00 +0000 Written by Rebecca Hollman
Photos by Nathan Zucker and Roger Ho

Who’s ready to be back at The Farm?
Bonnaroo has dropped their 2024 lineup and it’s time to get excited. This year will take place from Thursday June 13th-Sunday June 16th in Manchester, Tennessee and will feature 4 days worth of jaw-dropping musical talent and lots of fun side quests and activities.

This year’s lineup features the return of Pretty Lights headlining main stage on Thursday night and with a second sunrise set. The crazy Aussie house artist Fisher will also be headlining Thursday. Friday will see the likes of genre-bending Post Malone, psychedelic soul funk Khruangbin, ethereal vocalist Maggie Rogers, melodic dubstep Seven Lions, and the jam covers of Joe Russo’s Almost Dead. Saturday will bring a much anticipated set from Red Hot Chili Peppers, baby girl Melanie Martinez, EDM zaddy Diplo, 2010s indie sleaze rock Cage the Elephant, disco/electropop Parcels, and dancehall rapper Sean Paul. Last but not least, Sunday will close down the weekend with the iconic, genre-creating Fred Again.., 2000’s emo Taking Back Sunday, female rap icon Megan Thee Stallion, and bubblegum pop girlie Ashnikko.

This year Bonnaroo is also focusing a lot of its efforts towards sustainability – initiatives like Bonnaroo Works Fund, Planet Roo and BonnaROOTS dinners will all work towards achieving a more sustainable Bonnaroo. Bonnaroo Works Fund (BWF) was created as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Thanks to the support of fans around the world, BWF contributes to remarkable nonprofits and programs. Through the values of community, creativity, and positive influence, BWF champions those changing the world through arts, education, sustainability, and social impact. In addition to the support of nonprofit organizations, BWF provides services and programming for the events and causes that align with the BWF values, helps communities thrive, and leaves a positive impact. Learn more or support at

Planet Roo is presented by the Bonnaroo Works Fund and will be an area for festival goers to a take a break in – a haven for sustainability, wellness, and global consciousness. With representation from a diverse group of non-profit organizations, this space is an opportunity to learn, relax, and get inspired to take impactful action. More information will be announced about the exciting projects Planet Roo has in the works for this area for this year!

Each night of the festival will feature a BonnaROOTS dinner where everyone attending sits down and enjoys a beautiful, locally-sourced meal. BonnaROOTS are the annual locally-sourced sunset feasts supporting grassroots causes—Oxfam America and Eat for Equity. VERY special guests join these dinners for an unforgettable meal on The Farm. Past years, people found themselves sitting next to Bonnaroo co-founders, Bonnaroo producers, artists, activists and an assortment of Bonnaroovians with an appetite for soulfully good food. Together, you’ll eat, drink, and raise thousands of dollars for the greater good. All proceeds from your dinner ticket purchase support 501(c)(3) nonprofit organizations. Dinner tickets are an optional add-on at checkout when purchasing festival tickets.

Additionally, festival goers who are feeling generous and inspired to support more of Bonnaroo’s greening initiatives and sustainability projects are welcome to opt-in to the Sustainability Add-On with a ticket purchase. Donations made will go towards off-setting the carbon footprint of Bonnaroo attendees, recycling and waste management initiatives, and various other positive impact programs.

Learn more about Bonnaroo’s festival info and FAQ, this year’s experiences and activities, and how to purchase tickets and camping/parking passes here.

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Know Time Like the Present – GRiZ taking a Hiatus Sat, 20 Jan 2024 18:04:00 +0000 Featured photo by Don Idio

Yes, you read that correctly…GRiZ took it to social media today announcing that he is taking a hiatus after October this year to take some time off from touring. See the tweet below:

Some important information to note from this post is there WILL BE NO GRiZMAS, Space Camp, or NYE shows this year AND next year. This news may come as a shock to those who regularly attend these curated events, but another thing to note is GRiZ’s last headline show/curated event will be in October at an intimate venue that he has been wanting to play for quite some time. GRiZ mentioned that the show will be announced at some point this week, so prepare to submit your PTO and book your accommodations!

Stay up-to-date on all of GRiZ’s social media!

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Coachella Announces 2024 Lineup with Headliners Doja Cat, Lana del Rey, Tyler the Creator and More Sat, 20 Jan 2024 18:00:00 +0000 Written by Rebecca Hollman
Photos by Christopher Polk (cover photo)

Coachella Music Festival announces its iconic lineup this week for its 2024 edition. This year, the festival will take place across two weekends – April 12th-14th and April 19th-21st and will take place at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California. This year’s lineup features headliners Lana Del Rey for Friday, Tyler, the Creator for Saturday and Doja Cat for Sunday.

In addition, Friday will also see up-and-coming reggaeton artist Peso Pluma, pioneers of electronic music Justice, techno queen Peggy Gou, and alternative punk rock gods Deftones. Other notable names on Friday include old school UK grunge bass Skepta, the angelic voice of Suki Waterhouse, minimal techno Adriatique and BLOND:ISH, pounding techno up-and-comer Miss Monique, and genreless Tinashe.

Saturday will boast the female rap icon Ice Spice, the 10-piece alternative funk band Jungle, old school dark industrial pioneer Gesaffelstein, techno stars Charlotte de Witte and Reiner Zonnevald, 90s nostalgic ska Sublime, and the ethereal vocals of Grimes.

The weekends will close out with reggaeton star J Balvin, french electro house DJ Snake, 2000’s emo Taking Back Sunday, psychedelic soul funk Khruangbin, slow vibey R&B Jhené Aiko, and last but not least – the ska punk legendary No Doubt with lead singer Gwen Stefani.

If you can’t make it to the festival this year, you can always livestream the festival on YouTube from the comfort of your own couch. In addition, Coachella and YouTube Presents have collaborated to make a Coachella documentary: “20 Years In the Desert” showcasing iconic moments at the festival from its inception in 1999. Check out some of these incredible moments, featuring Björk, Amy Winehouse, and Daft Punk below.

YouTube Music has also curated some pre-Coachella playlists to get you in the mood for this year’s festival. Check out their playlists, including a playlist for new up-and-coming artists to discover, a playlist for your drive to the desert, and playlists to get you dance floor ready on YouTube Music.

Learn more about Coachella’s festival info and FAQ, this year’s experiences and art installations, and how to purchase passes here.

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Gem & Jam Festival 2024: Unveiling the Sparkle in Tucson’s Musical Gem Mon, 08 Jan 2024 06:33:00 +0000 Get ready to immerse yourself in a dazzling fusion of music, art, and crystals as Gem & Jam Festival returns to Tucson, Arizona this February. Set against the breathtaking backdrop of the Sonoran Desert, this year’s festival promises an unforgettable experience that transcends the ordinary.

Dates and Venue: Mark your calendars for the weekend of February 3rd-5th, 2024, as the Pima County Fairgrounds transforms into a vibrant kaleidoscope of colors, sounds, and positive vibes. Located just outside the heart of Tucson, the venue provides the perfect canvas for Gem & Jam to weave its magic.

The Musical Tapestry: Gem & Jam Festival is renowned for its eclectic lineup, bringing together a diverse array of musical talents spanning genres from electronic and jam bands to funk and soul. As the sun sets over the desert, expect to be serenaded by some of the hottest names in the industry, creating an electric atmosphere that resonates with both seasoned festival-goers and newcomers alike.

Headliners: The lineup encompasses an exciting mix of established headliners and rising stars, featuring artists like The Floozies, LSDREAM, and Balkan Bump, just to name a few.

The Gem & Art Gallery: True to its name, Gem & Jam Festival is not just about the music; it’s a celebration of art in all its forms. Wander through the Gem & Art Gallery, where talented artists showcase their masterpieces, ranging from intricate jewelry and sculptures to mesmerizing light installations. The festival’s commitment to creating an immersive artistic experience ensures that every corner is a feast for the senses.

Crystal Workshops and Seminars: For those looking to delve deeper into the mystical world of crystals, Gem & Jam Festival offers a series of workshops and seminars. Learn about crystal healing, discover the metaphysical properties of different gemstones, and even try your hand at creating your personalized crystal masterpiece. It’s a unique opportunity to connect with like-minded individuals and explore the spiritual side of the festival.

Sustainability and Community: Gem & Jam Festival is more than just a music and art event; it’s a community-driven celebration with a focus on sustainability. Embrace the festival’s eco-conscious initiatives and contribute to a positive environmental impact while enjoying the festivities.

Tickets: With various ticket options available, including VIP packages and camping passes, you can tailor your experience to make it truly unforgettable.

Tucson is about to sparkle like never before – don’t miss your chance to be a part of the magic!

Get your tickets HERE.

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An Electrifying Start to 2024: Decadence NYE AZ Wed, 03 Jan 2024 05:07:00 +0000 Article and photos by Matalyn Hopkins

As the clock struck midnight on New Year’s Eve, music enthusiasts from all walks of life gathered at the sprawling grounds of the city’s speedway for an electrifying celebration like no other. Hosted by Relentless Beats, the NYE Decadence AZ EDM Festival of 2024 promised a weekend of pulsating beats, mesmerizing lights, and an unforgettable experience to kick off the new year.

The festival grounds transformed into a kaleidoscope of vibrant hues as neon lights adorned the stages, creating a futuristic atmosphere that perfectly complemented the cutting-edge electronic dance music echoing through the air. The lineup boasted an impressive array of internationally acclaimed DJs, ensuring a diverse mix of beats that resonated with the eclectic tastes of the massive crowd.

Headlining NYE night was the iconic DJ Illenium, renowned for blending genres and pushing the boundaries of electronic music. His set, a symphony of bass drops and euphoric melodies, sent waves of energy through the crowd, creating an electric connection between the artist and his fans. As the clock ticked towards midnight, Illenium seamlessly transitioned into a heart-pounding countdown, setting the stage for a collective celebration as balloons released overhead.

Festival-goers embraced the spirit of unity as strangers became dance partners, moving in synchronized harmony to the beats that reverberated through the night. The sense of community was palpable, with attendees sharing hugs and high-fives, creating an atmosphere of joy and camaraderie that extended beyond the music.

The event also featured immersive light installations and state-of-the-art visual effects, transforming the speedway into a mesmerizing playground of colors and patterns. LED screens lined the stages, projecting captivating visuals that danced in harmony with the music, creating a sensory overload that left attendees in awe.

Local talents were given the spotlight as well, with emerging DJs and producers showcasing their skills on the other stages throughout the festival grounds. This provided a platform for up-and-coming artists to share their creativity and connect with a broader audience, adding an extra layer of excitement to the event.

As the first rays of sunlight heralded the dawn of the new year, the echoes of the festival lingered in the hearts and minds of those who had experienced its magic. The NYE Decadence AZ Festival of 2024 had successfully transcended the boundaries of music, uniting a diverse community under the banner of electronic beats and collective celebration, leaving an indelible mark on the speedways grounds.

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The Countdown is on for Forever Midnight Las Vegas Mon, 18 Dec 2023 23:05:00 +0000 The New Year’s Eve entertainment in Las Vegas reads like a who’s who of electronic dance music, with mega clubs packing in high heeled and button downed revelers up and down Las Vegas Boulevard. But for those who wish to forego the velvet rope experience there is Forever Midnight, a brand new festival from Insomniac with a hard hitting lineup, taking place in the shadow of the opulent Resorts World Las Vegas.

Forever Midnight will surely not only attract tourists that flock to Las Vegas as an escape from their more monotonous hometowns, it’s a welcome addition for Las Vegas locals who grow weary of the trip to Southern California as well as the traffic that greets them upon their trek back. A two-day celebration boasting two hosted stages, appropriately named Forever and Midnight, the level of talent is nothing to scoff at. Some of the biggest names in electronic dance music will take the stage from the awe-inspiring Eric Prydz night one to reigning royalty John Summit on night two.


The debut of Forever Midnight has a slightly more subdued feel, perhaps an appropriate preparation for attendees before the grandiose night two lineup. But don’t confuse subdued for dull because it will be nothing of the sort. Night one is a tasty dose of progressive house, tasty techno and perhaps even a little trance mixed in. Enter the festival ready to hear anything really as many of these DJs can do it all, with renowned brand Factory 93 assuming hosting duties for the Forever Stage. Early in the evening Deeper Purpose is sure to set the mood with his hard-to-sit-still-to brand of house. The intriguing B2B of DJ Tennis and Chloé Caillet is one not to miss on the Midnight Stage. Anjuna veterans Tinlicker will be a wonderfully ethereal experience, leading festival goers into the remaining hours of the penultimate evening of 2023.


Many artists on the docket for New Year’s Eve need no introduction. Insomniac pulled out all the stops for the party that will lead attendees into the new year, landing absolute legends like Green Velvet, Nicole Moudaber, MK, Kaytranada and the list goes on. It’s no coincidence that much of the lineup reads like a night (and morning) spent at Space Miami, the world-famous club has assisted in curating the talent for the Midnight Stage. This will mark the first time Space has made a landing in Las Vegas and let’s face it, the two cities are quite the match. Speaking of Miami, the night culminates with everyone’s favorite MIA resident, John Summit, who will be fresh off of his sold-out L.A. stadium show.

The expansive venue is sure to be decked out in true Insomniac fashion, complete with eye-popping art installations and endless photo ops. Being that the event is in Las Vegas, we will take the over on the presence of impressive pyro and roving talent as well. Since Resorts World also serves as Hotel EDC, we’re thinking they’ve got a pretty good idea of how to spice up the joint. To get you in the mood, take a listen to the Night Owl Radio Forever Midnight 2023 Mega-Mix featuring the artists appearing at the festival. Attending an inaugural festival is always a good idea, don’t miss out and grab your tickets here.

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Decadence Arizona 2023: A Spectacle of Sound and Celebration Thu, 23 Nov 2023 22:55:00 +0000 As we bid farewell to another year and eagerly anticipate the arrival of 2024, electronic dance music enthusiasts are gearing up for one of the most anticipated New Year’s Eve celebrations in the Southwest – Decadence Arizona. The annual extravaganza is set to transform The Phoenix Raceway into a pulsating haven of beats and lights, creating an unforgettable experience for music lovers from all walks of life.

A Stellar Lineup: Decadence Arizona has built a reputation for curating a stellar lineup featuring some of the biggest names in the electronic music scene. The 2023 edition promises to be no different, with a diverse array of artists spanning various sub-genres of EDM. From house and techno to dubstep and trance, attendees can expect a sonic journey that caters to every taste.

Immersive Visuals and Production: Decadence Arizona is renowned not only for its outstanding musical lineup but also for its breathtaking production and visual spectacle. The organizers go above and beyond to create a multi-sensory experience that transports attendees to a world of fantasy and wonder. Expect mind-bending visuals, cutting-edge light shows, and stage designs that push the boundaries of creativity.

As the beats drop, the synchronized interplay of lights and visuals enhances the overall atmosphere, creating a sense of unity among thousands of dancing souls. The immersive production is designed to elevate the concert experience, ensuring that Decadence Arizona isn’t just a music festival; it’s a journey into the heart of electronic sound and visual artistry.

New Year’s Eve Extravaganza: There’s something magical about ringing in the New Year surrounded by the infectious energy of a music festival. Decadence Arizona provides the perfect backdrop for revelers to bid adieu to the past and embrace the future with optimism. As the clock counts down, the collective anticipation reaches a fever pitch, culminating in a euphoric celebration as the first moments of the new year unfold.

Whether you’re a seasoned festival-goer or a first-timer, Decadence Arizona promises an inclusive and welcoming environment for all. The sense of community fostered by the shared love of music creates lasting memories and connections that extend far beyond the festival grounds.

Don your most vibrant attire and get ready to immerse yourself in the sonic wonders of Decadence Arizona 2023!

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