Dutch EDM superstar Martin Garrix and popular American DJ Dillon Francis will lead the 2018 Neon Desert Music Festival on Saturday, May 26, and Sunday, May 27 in downtown El Paso.
The event will welcome more than 40 artists from all over the world, including biggest names in Latin music today, such as rock group Café Tacvba, who hail from Ciudad Satélite, Mexico, and continue to perform in support of their recent album, Jei Beibi, released last May; the Puerto Rican-born reggaeton singer and songwriter Farruko; Bomba Estéreo, who are best known for their psychedelic-cumbia style of music; Ayo, last fall to praise from critics and fans alike; and Mexican singer and songwriter Caloncho. El Paso-born rock icons At the Drive-In, who continue to perform in support of the band’s reunion last year after a long-awaited hiatus since 2001, will also perform.
Other headliners include Trap rapper and New York Times best-selling author Gucci Mane, up and coming rapper Cardi B, who debuted her No. 1 smash hit, “Bodak Yellow” in late 2017. Indie favorites, Third Eye Blind, who will perform a variety of their greatest hits including “Semi-Charmed Life” and “Jumper”; Rapper Playboi Carti, who continues to ride high from the success of last year’s debut mixtape that included the viral hit “Magnolia”; New York-based indie-pop band The Drums; electronic music duo GTA; and the mysterious masked DJ and producer Malaa, many fans of whom suspect is the collaborative secret project of Parisian producers DJ Snake, Tchami, and Mercer.
Neon Desert Landscape
In addition to the music performances throughout the weekend, fans at the 2018 event will experience a unique urban festival environment that literally transforms historic downtown El Paso into a festival playscape for attendees of all ages. Key features of the festival, which regularly covers over 15 city blocks in the heart of downtown El Paso, include a dedicated stage for local artists in the San Jacinto Square, as well as a skate ramp, pro wrestling, numerous live art installations, and more. Neon Desert will also curate a full slate of local merchants, food vendors, and live visual artists for the two-day event in a continued effort to provide ticket buyers with an authentic West Texas festival experience unlike any other.
Weekend passes are on sale now at www.neondesert.com. GA two-day tickets are priced at just $119, while VIP tickets are $275, and Platinum VIP tickets cost $550. VIP ticket holders will receive a variety of perks, including re-entry to the festival, a dedicated VIP-only entrance and exit, complimentary drinks throughout the entirety of the festival, complimentary dinner each night, and official Neon Desert merch. Platinum VIP passes, which sold out in its debut last year, offer the most elevated experience available to ticket buyers. These lucky Platinum VIP attendees will receive all of the regular VIP perks in addition to exclusive access to a main stage viewing deck, special Platinum VIP area, and more. Interested patrons are encouraged to act fast as these tickets are in short supply and will increase in price as the event date approaches.
Neon Desert is also once again offering discount-priced two-day GA tickets for all US military members and local veterans at Fort Bliss. Weekend GA passes of Neon Desert Music Festival are available now for purchase for just $99 specifically at the LTS on East Bliss, BLDG 20732 and the Freedom Crossing LTS Kiosk. Interested ticket buyers must present an official military ID in order to purchase tickets to this event.
Neon Desert History
Now in its eighth year, Neon Desert has cumulatively hosted over 170,000 attendees, with over 40,000 music fans partaking in last year’s two-day celebration (a 25% increase from the year prior). Since its inception in 2011, the event has offered attendees an eclectic mix of mainstream American performers alongside acclaimed international acts, with past festival performers including 2017 acts like Hardwell, Foster the People, J Balvin, Alesso, Logic, Migos, as well as Tiësto, Future, J. Cole, Kaskade, Daddy Yankee, Passion Pit, Zoé, Ximena Sariñana, Mala Rodríquez, G-Eazy, Zedd, Wiz Khalifa, MGMT, and Moby who have played in the years prior.
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