Crush Arizona 2016: A Field Guide to Saturday's EDM Festival at Rawhide

Local EDM fans at last year's Crush.
Local EDM fans at last year's Crush.
Benjamin Leatherman

Whether you’re ready for it or not, the spring season has pretty much arrived in the Metro Phoenix area. Yeah, we know it’s not even the middle of February (and thus, still technically winter), but that’s not stopping Mother Nature from turning up the heat a few weeks early.

And with the onset of springtime comes the onslaught of major music events and big-name festivals that will dominate the concert calendar over the next few months. That includes the electronic dance music extravaganza Crush Arizona 2016 on Saturday, February 13, at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler.

As with its first two editions, Crush will serve as a kickoff of sorts to the festival season here in the Valley, as well as being a “can’t miss” EDM event in its own right with nine straight hours of world-renowned talents dropping sounds outdoors at the Western theme park.

In fact, this year’s event arguably features Crush’s best lineup ever and will feature such chart-scorching acts as Keys N Krates (who dominated clubs with “Save Me”), Netsky, Jauz, and Borgeous. Other superstars scheduled to perform include Billy Kenny, Peking Duk, Seven Lions, and Wax Motif.

If you happen to be going, we’ve put together the following guide featuring with everything you need to know about Crush Arizona.

The scene at Rawhide during last year's Crush.
The scene at Rawhide during last year's Crush.
Benjamin Leatherman

When and Where: Crush Arizona 2016 takes place on Saturday, February 13, at Rawhide Western Town, 5700 West North Loop Road in Chandler. Gates open at 6 p.m. and the event goes until 3 a.m.

Price: General admission is currently $58 per person and $110 for two. VIP access is $88 and features quicker entry to the event, the chance to hang out in exclusive viewing areas, and a commemorative lanyard.

Big spenders who’d like to live large with your sweetie or the entire crew can spring for such high-end seating/admission packages as the $500 “Sweetheart Pack” (which includes a VIP table for up to four people and dedicated service) or drop $1,500 for the “#CRUSH Table” with premium spirits, express entry, and seating at an exclusive elevated table for yourself and seven others.

Age Limits: Anyone who’s 18-and-over can attend and anyone who’s 21-and-over can imbibe.

Lineup: The music at Crush Arizona kicks off at 6:30 p.m. and will include sets by Borgeous, Jauz, Keys N Krates, Netsky, Peking Duk, Seven Lions, Wax Motif, and Billy Kenny.

Getting There: Take the eastbound Interstate 10 to Exit 162 (Wild Horse Pass Road/Sundust Road) and hang a right. Eventually, you'll want to turn left onto Sundust Road and follow the signs. Or you could just follow the sound of pounding beats.

Parking: It’ll cost anywhere from $10 to $20 per car to stash your ride. 

A pair of Crush attendees in 2015 at last year's event.
A pair of Crush attendees in 2015 at last year's event.
Benjamin Leatherman

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Weather: Consider tying a hoodie around your waist and bust it out later in the evening, as temperatures will be 80 degrees when gates open before getting down to 57 degrees by the time the last act hits the stage.

Food and Drink: There will be bars for those over 21 and food vendors and trucks for anyone who’s hungry.

Water: A free water station will be available an reusable aluminum bottles and Camelbak-style water bladders, both of which must be empty when entering the event, are permitted. Vendors will also have water for sale.

Bring: Sunglasses, cell phones, bandanas, small bags, and earplugs are not only allowed but are recommended. And most of the hallmarks of any sort of EDM fest are permitted, such as festival totems, glow sticks, LED hula hoops and popi, flags and banners, furry backpacks, fuzzy boots, animal hats, and pretty much ever kind of colorful getup you’d see at a rave.

Don’t Bring: Any of the usual items that are forbidden at a music or EDM festival, including illegal substances, drug paraphernalia, lasers, weapons (toy versions or otherwise), eye drops, outside food or drink, posters, large purses, open packs of cigarettes or tampons, or large bags. LED gloves are also verboten, which means no light shows, as are Native American headdresses, which means no cultural appropriation or casual racism. 

Keys N Krates will cap off Crush Arizona 2016.EXPAND
Keys N Krates will cap off Crush Arizona 2016.
Lucia Graca

Schedule and Set Times: As we mentioned, there’s nine straight hours of performances at Crush, starting approximately 30 minutes after security starts letting people in. The exact schedule is as follows:

6:00 p.m.: Gates open
6:30 p.m.: Billy Kenny
7:30 p.m.: Wax Motif
8:30 p.m.: Peking Duk
9:30 p.m.: Borgeous
10:30 p.m.: Netsky
11:30 p.m.: Jauz
12:30 a.m.: Seven Lions
1:45 a.m.: Keys N Krates
3:00 a.m. Event ends

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