With the finale of 2017, a new year has risen. With the arrival of warm weather in 2018, as audiophiles, we are ready for new music and festival season. Phoenix Lights is ready to bring the feeling to us with renewed passion. It’s brought to you by Relentless Beats out of the sunny Arizona desert and the lineup boasts an impressive collection of names. It’s got everything, from hip hop heavyweights to the underground DJs ready to show and prove. There’s grit, bass, beats, and beauty. It’s going to be magical and we don’t want you to miss out. However, first you should check out this fistful of names you’ve got to see in action.
Festival season is upon us! The weather is warming up, the sun will shine for longer, and the wacky costumes come out. However, most importantly, the new music is back to fill our ears and hearts with joy. No better event signals the kickoff of festival season better than SXSW and the lineup is looking extra juicy this year. We could break it down so many different ways, but we still couldn’t do such a lineup justice. So, you’ll have to settle for this little breakdown. Our take on the top five acts, the biggest heavyweights, to throw down at SXSW. This is The Festival Fistful!
January usually isn’t anyone’s favorite month of the year. It’s cold, the wind blows hard, and the sky is usually grey, However, if you’re looking to make January 2018 one for the books, look no further than Gem and Jam Festival out of Tucson, AZ. With some of the biggest names in the bass. funk, and jam music scene, Gem & Jam is certain to bring some warmth and light to your otherwise dreary winter. We previously showed you some of the best names you might not have heard of on Bottoms Up and gave you a chance to win a Gem & Jam Camping Package! Now it’s time to check back in with the heavy hitters atop the lineup with The Festival Fistful.
If you plan on ringing in the New Year in the desert, there’s no better way to do it than dance your way in at Decadence Arizona. And when there’s over 20 of electronic music’s hottest artists blowing Rawhide Events Center out for 2 straight nights, the choices might get overwhelming. After going Bottoms Up on the Decadence AZ lineup, get a healthy handful of jams in our Festival Fistful for Goldrush Music Festival. Check out the five artists we’ve picked below that you absolutely can’t miss!
We’re grabbing a healthy handful of jams in our Festival Fistful! We’re going to be sharing our top 5 picks for this NYE at Decadence Colorado!
For those searching for the funk, look no further than The Floozies, the duo guaranteed to get your groove shoes movin. After the successful release of their Funk Jesus project, these All Good Records signees have been touring non-stop and are making a stop through Colorado for Decadence this NYE. With a combination of synths, guitars, drums and more being performed live, the Floozies are a must-see act for those who live for live.
It’s rare to see an artist so thoroughly immersed in their craft that they get te pursest distillation of their vision. For Bassnectar, he finds the space between the beautiful, the trippy, the bassy and a commitment to delivering the most incredible live experience for his fans. With visuals that are sure to make you question the very reality you’re living in combined with and his tireless work behind the decks for the entirety of his set, there’s a reason he’s cultivated his own Deadhead style following of people that follow him on tour. Headbang your way into the NYE with Bassnectar at Decadence Colorado.
If you ever needed an injection of soul into your dance music, Brooklyn’s very own Gramatik are sure to deliver the vibes. They hit on the things that a fan of Reasonable Doubt era Jay Z would love mixed with the bass slapping, can’t stop dancing style funk music released by the likes of GRiZ. Oh and bass… a big heaping helping of bass. Catch these guys rocking out on Saturday and have yourselves a funkin’ great New Years Eve!
When you want to talk about the pure space bass saucey vibes, look no further than Space Jesus. An icon within the bass music scene, his heady combination of dub, bass, and the secret sauce will leave you jammin and no other choice but rock out amidst the soundtrack of an alien takeover. Be sure to catch him rocking out on Saturday helping bring your New Years Eve interstellar!
A Troyboi set is basically time spent dancing uncontrolablly with that OOOOOHEWWW stinkface on as Troyboi drops original after original, each going harder than the last and could simultanously serve as a backing track for any of your favorite rappers. You’ll catch this man murdered out with a hat pulled low, too busy rockin the crowd to worry about trying to be flashy. This multi-talented musician recently signed to Timbaland’s right-hand man and US Super Producer, Jim Beanz and we couldn’t encourage you to go check this man any stronger.
When you’re looking for a festival that values the experience as much as the music, look no further than Houston’s Day For Night Festival. Taking place over the course of 3 days, the festival will see legends like Nine Inch Nails and Thom Yorke of Radiohead fame grace the same stages as today’s hottest up & comers like Tyler, The Creator, Solange, and James Blake. Without further adieu, we give you The Festival Fistful, a healthy handful of jams from our 5 favorite artists from Day for Night Festival.
Goldrush Music Festival is this weekend and we can’t wait to see the weird getting at Rawhide Western Town in full force. You can even win once-in-a-lifetime experiences like a backstage BBQ with Claude VonStroke, a photoshoot with Marshmello when you donate to Surreal, a fundraising platform that works with festivals and musicians to offer experiences benefitting charities like Childhelp, a national nonprofit organization which exists to meet the physical, emotional, educational, and spiritual needs of abused, neglected and at-risk children. After going Bottoms Up on the Goldrush lineup, get a healthy handful of jams in our Festival Fistful for Goldrush Music Festival. Our top 5 picks for this weekend in Phoenix!
There’s no question that the king of big time festival sets is RL Grime. The NOVA tour has been ongoing for the last couple weeks and he’s bringing his latest releases, some RL Grime classics and some brand new heat with him to Rawhide for Goldrush Music Festival. After collaborating with Miguel earlier this year for Stay for It and more recently releasing his original track Era, RL Grime is going to be making massive moves at the Golden Gorge..
The man has been a social media megastar and he’s looking to take the next step into pop super producer with his latest release Hello There with Yung Pinch. Dillon Francis has been mastering festival mayhem for the better part of a decade and his stop through Goldrush Music Festival will be a madhouse leaving you saying IDGAFOS!
A-Trak | Baauer
The perennial master of the turntables and Fools Gold Records head honcho A-Trak went all in with the bass blasting Baauer on a pair of tracks that are surefire dancefloor destoryers. Fern Gully and Dumbo Drop are sure to be played as the pair embark on a stint of back to back DJ sets that will sure to see some of the hardest beats and technical mixing you can find.. Rawhide will be going all the way up with the duo at Goldrush Music Festival.
A journey into the darkest recesses of the dancefloor are found when seeing Malaa. The artist is an enigma, wearing a skimask on stage, casually smoking cigarettes as he brings the floor to a fever pitch. His sets have been a mainstay of massive events like Holy Ship and there’s no question that his set will be one you can’t miss at Goldrush Music Festival.
The Sacramento duo took the scene by storm after a 2014 endorsement from Ellie Goulding with a remix of Tove Lo that now has over 250 million streams. These two will be sure to bring thundering 808s and chill vibes to the Golden Gorge alongside the likes of Marshmello, Lil Uzi Vert, Migos and more.
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Halloween is coming in HOT and things are getting all sorts of weird in Phoenix next weekend. On October 14th, Boo! Arizona will be returning to Rawhide Events Center with enough bass to blast away the ghouls, goblins and into some next level partying. We bring you the Festival Fistful to highlight our top 5 picks you can’t miss! You can also follow our Boo!AZ Spotify playlist to jam out to the Boo! Arizona lineup on the go!
The veteran bass-peddler and head honcho of SMOG Records is going to be bringing his OWSLA supported filth to Rawhide, making sure you’re ready to turn UP! Having recently played Excision’s Lost Lands festival and released the 5-track Let Us Pray EP and single Send It all on top of launching a new sub-label called Disciple Round Table, this man is on a mission for madness and we can’t wait to see him at Rawhide!
Austin’s very own will be traveling to Phoenix this Halloween to turn the heat up way past 10 in the desert. The king of Crunkstep will be dropping bombs on the crowd just like he’s done at Electric Daisy Carnival, Escape From Wonderland, Warped Tour, and Lollapalooza. His latest release ‘HITS’ on Bassrush records absolutely SLAPS and we can’t wait to catch him going b2b with 12th Planet to headline this one.
Little has to be said about the longtime legend of Laidback Luke to make you excited about seeing him. Completing the climb from graffiti artist to worldwide superstar, his loose, super live, off-the-cuff DJing style finds him playing Red Hot Chili Peppers at the world’s biggest raves, scratching on CDJs like it’s the 90’s on vinyl and upkeeping both a producer forum and a successful dance music label in Mixmash Records. In 2012, Laidback Luke was nominated for the best European DJ award from the 27th Dance Music Awards and he’ll be bringing the house down next weekend!
The LA based behemoth of bass is back in Phoenix for another round of madness at Boo! Arizona this year. His style’s range from the deep bassline house sound that gave rise to his majorly successful single Deep Down Low, to the sexy sounds of the demobow riddim and moombahton, which caught the eye of OWSLA head honcho Skrillex as well as Mad Decent’s Diplo and catapulted this mustached monster to the forefront of the world’s largest festivals.
This UK dubstep heavyweight has been a mainstay of every bassheads library since he burst onto the scene in 2011 with his track Organ Doner being licensed out to major compilations by Warner and Ministry of Sound. Zomboy has played the world’s biggest festivals and his most recent release on Never Say Die records received huge reviews and is sure to turn you upside down.
After going Bottoms Up on Austin City Limits and even giving a way a pair of FREE Austin City Limits tickets, we’re grabbing a healthy handful of jams in our Festival Fistful! We’re going to be sharing our top 5 picks for this weekend at Zilker! Be sure to follow our Spotify playlist highlighting the best artists you can find this weekend
With Imagine Music Festival closing in this weekend, we thought it proper to prep you for the best jamming experience with our 5 artists you have to look out for this weekend at Atlanta Motor Speedway. After getting a chance to chat with the festival founders about what it is that makes this independently run festival so unique, we’re taking a chance to highlight a handful of our favorite artists from the lineup. Be sure to download the official Imagine Music Festival 2017 App, available for iOS and Android! Download and get easy access to the daily schedule, site map, festival updates and more! They are also helping raise money for Hurricane Irma relief through the American Red Cross if you would like to donate!