Bottoms Up: Neon Desert

Bottoms Up, Festivals, Music
Avatar Ryan Cartwright

The desert is really taking over as the main space to throw a music festival. Between Coachella and Phoenix Lights, it’s establishing itself as the ideal conditions. It’s always warm, not too humid, and the air is thin so sound travels better. Now, in this rising space, Neon Desert out of El Paso is ready to throw its name into the desert festival ring and prove why it’s ready to join the heavyweights. With such a great amount of talent packed into such a small lineup, we let you know who you should definitely check out, from the bottom, up!


Working our way from the bottom up, we start with California rapper, Buddy. While he’s not the type to find himself on the Billboard charts, that doesn’t mean he’s unheard of. He’s collaborated with some of the biggest names in the rap scene, including A$AP Ferg and Wiz Khalifa, to name a couple. Compton’s pretty well known for having its fair share of talented artists come out of it, but Buddy’s is one of its lesser-known names and one of the most overlooked. However, he definitely deserves your respect and attention. Listen to Magnolia to get a better vibe of what he’s about.


Ready for some Christian rap? Equally surprised that’s a thing? Don’t be, because it is. Lecrae himself has been pioneering the genre for quite some time. While his content definitely deviates from what Atlanta mainstream rap is nowadays, that doesn’t mean you should pass on seeing him. While is content is definitely more wholesome than talking about lean and guns, he’s still a phenomenally talented lyricist with bars for days. He’s work some a handful of industry heavyweights himself, including Tori Kelly and Ty Dolla $ign. Definitely going to be a set filled with good vibes so don’t miss out.


Working our way up the lineup, we start to run into some more seasoned names. Adequately spiced, GTA is hardly new to the festival circuit. Coming out of Miami they’ve been crushing it for years and only continue to get bigger and better. They’ve worked with a barrage of names from different genres, both big and small. Martin Solveig, What So Not, Skrillex, Vince Staples, Iamsu, and the list goes on and on. They’re constantly expanding their sound with the Death To Genres series and made a huge splash with their 2016 debut album, Good Times Ahead. Hard hitting and high energy, their set is sure to be a blast.

Third Eye Blind

Third Eye Blind is hardly in need of an introduction but for the unfamiliar, there’s a lot more to them than Jumper. Make no mistake, your soul is going to soar when you hear that and rightfully so, but there’s a greater nuance to be appreciated. Obviously, you’re going to have to get down to Semi-Charmed Life and Motorcycle Drive By. But in addition to that, take a moment to check out some more recent albums like We Are Drugs and Ursa Major. Their newer stuff is filled with jams and should gear you up and make you feel nostalgic and ready for that all-time classic. You know what I’m talking about.

Dillon Francis

Well, we started at the bottom and now we’re here. The top is a beautiful place to be, especially if it means throwing down with Dillion Francis. EDM’s heralded funny man, it’s hard to tell whether he’s better known as a personality or a producer. He’s got a such an expansive discography, it’s hard to nail down who he’s worked with and what his best work is. However, to give it a go, he’s done tracks with Kygo, G-Eazy, Diplo, J Balvim, Twista, and Brandon Urie from Panic! At The Disco. Take time check out tracks such as Say Less, Coming Over, Anywhere, and Bun Up The Dance. Swing by his set to get down to some of that rare, but endlessly groovy Moombahton sound that he’s made such a success out of.