The Phoenix Lights Music Festival takes over downtown Phoenix’s Margaret T. Hance Park on Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9, featuring some of the biggest acts and up and coming names in the electronic dance music world.
Here’s a quick guide to the 2017 festival and what you need to know before you go.
Tiesto: The world-renowned Dutch DJ and record producer won a Grammy 2015 for his remix of John Legend’s hit “All of Me,” was awarded the “Greatest DJ of All Time” by MixMag magazine and landed in the number one spot of DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ ranking from 2002 to 2004. Earlier this year, Tiesto was awarded the keys to Las Vegas and Jan. 14 is officially “Tiesto Day” in Clark County, Nev. Tiesto’s latest effort is 2014’s “A Town Called Paradise.” Playing Saturday.
Above & Beyond: The English progressive trance trio has consistently landed on DJ Mag’s Top 100 DJ ranking. The group has been nominated and won for a number of awards, including a 2016 Grammy nomination for best dance recording for “We’re All We Need” and more than 50 nominations and two wins at the International Dance Music Awards. Playing Saturday.
Alesso: The Swedish DJ and record producer is known for his progressive electro house remixes; has worked with a number of big names including Calvin Harris, Tove Lo, Usher and David Guetta, collaborating with Sebastian Ingrosso on the popular 2013 track “Calling”; and late last year released a collaboration called “Take My Breath Away” with Dillon Francis. His debut studio album, “Forever,” was released in 2015. Playing Sunday.
More acts to check out
Vince Staples: The up and coming Long Beach rapper started to garner attention with the release of his mixtape, “Stolen Youth,” produced by Mac Miller and featuring appearances by members of Odd Future. His EPs “Hell Can Wait” and “Prima Donna,” and debut album “Summertime ’06,” have all been critically-acclaimed. Playing Sunday.
Griz: The DJ out of Michigan, whose real name is Grant Kwiecinski, is known for his blend of funk and electro-soul mixes, and playing the saxophone during sets. His latest release, “Say It Loud,” was released in 2015, and all of his albums are available to download for free on his website. Playing Sunday.
Keys N Krates: The Toronto-based electronic music band is made up of turntablist Jr. Flo, drummer Adam Tune and keyboardist David Matisse. They’ve release records on Diplo’s Mad Decent label and Steve Aoki’s Dim Make Records, and their single “Save Me” with British pop singer Katy B. was nominated for “Dance Recording of the Year” at the Juno Awards.
Tokimonsta: The Los Angeles DJ’s real name is Jennifer Lee, and she’s collaborated with a number of artists, including Kool Keith and Anderson Paak. She’s put out four albums, and her latest, “Fovere,” was released in 2016. Playing Sunday.
Sound Tribe Sector 9: The five-member electronic jam band out of Georgia is known for its extensive touring, playing many major music festivals including Bonnaroo, Coachella, Austin City Limits and Electric Forest. Playing Sunday.
Zeds Dead: The Toronto electronic music duo is made up of Dylan Mamid and Zachary Rapp-Rovan. The DJs combine a variety of genres including glitch, UK garage, house, electro and drum and bass. Playing Saturday.
Zhu: Real name Steven Zhu, the DJ gained prominence abroad in Australia and UK for his track “Faded,” and “Working For It” off his 2015 EP “Genesis Series” featured Skrillex and THEY. His debut album, “Generationwhy,” was released in 2016. Playing Sunday.
The Knocks: The New York-based electronic music duo has made a name for themselves with their tracks “Classic” featuring POWERS and “Kiss The Sky” with Wyclef Jean. They’ve also featured Walk the Moon, Carly Rae Jepsen and Cam’ron. Their latest effort, “Testify,” was released in February. Playing Sunday.
Three entry levels
General admission: Get sweaty and make some new friends with standard passes, which are 18 and older only. If you’re buying weekend passes, keep your wristband on because this is your entrance for the entire festival. $159 for weekend passes. $79-$99 for single day passes.
VIP admission: These 21 and older passes feature a separate entrance, two complimentary drinks, catered food, a large VIP deck with seating and a great view of the stage. $349-$399 for weekend VIP passes. $179-$189 for single day VIP passes.
Table service: Take things to the next level and reserve a table with your friends. There are table packages for groups of four to either, with premium bottle service, a dedicated hostess and cocktail staff, express entry, roped off area, elevated tables with comfortable couches and passed hors d’oeuvres. $500-$2,500 per table.
Details: Noon-11 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, April 8-9. Margaret T. Hance Park. Main entrance is on Moreland Street between First and Second streets in Phoenix.
Payment: Many bars and vendors will accept credit cards, but cash is encouraged (ATMs are on site). If you’re purchasing tickets on site, the box office accepts credit cards and cash. Just be advised the festival may sell out.
Parking: Light rail, ride sharing or taxis are highly encouraged. There is no parking directly on the site, only in surrounding garages and lots.
Locker rentals: Stash your stuff away safely in a locker, which also includes a cellphone charger. Each locker is 8-by-12-by-18 inches, and rentals are good for two days. Lockers costs $35 each and can be reserved online.
OK to bring:
- Small bags, purses, fanny packs, empty water bladder systems.
- Non-professional cameras.
- Sunglasses, hats, sealed liquid sunscreen and beauty products.
- Illuminated costumes or jewelry.
- Festival totems: Must be 10 feet or shorter, made from a lightweight material, such as foam or PVC, and cannot be solid metal. Inflatables must be deflated for entry.
- Illegal substances, weapons (real or toy), drugs or drug paraphernalia.
- Bags over 10-by-10 inches.
- Outside food or beverages.
- Professional cameras, video or audio recording equipment.
- Markers, pens or spray paints.
- Tents, large umbrellas, chairs or blankets.
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