As any local scene kid will tell you, Crush Arizona is one of the biggest and longest-running dance music festivals in the Valley. The annual
And they also come to rage and get rowdy amid giant inflatable hearts decorating a ginormous tent-like structure. Needless to say, Crush is one of
“I love doing it,” Turner says. “It’s something that’s become very dear to
And, believe us, Crush Arizona has become something special, not to mention enormous.
It’s grown tenfold over the last decade, outgrowing its previous venues, and now takes place at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, and features a slew of top-shelf DJs and dance music artists. (It's even expanded to other states, as spinoff events are held in both California and Texas.)
This year’s edition of Crush Arizona, which happens on Saturday, February 18, will be its biggest yet and include performances from Black Tiger Sex Machine, DVBBS, Yellow Claw, W&W, and other blockbuster EDM acts.
Here's a rundown of everything you need to know before you go.
When and Where: Crush Arizona takes place on Saturday, February 18, at Rawhide Event Center, 5700 West North Loop Road in Chandler. Doors at 5 p.m. and the festival
Age Limits: The festival is open to anyone 18 and over. You have to be at least 21 to drink alcohol, however.
The Lineup: Performances will begin at 5:30 p.m. and include sets by Black Tiger Sex Machine, Chris Lorenzo, DVBBS, Jason Ross, W&W, Yellow Claw, GTA, and SAYMYNAME.
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's $10 per vehicle.
Weather: Have a jacket or a hoodie handy, as temperatures will be in the 50s and 60s and there's also a chance of rain.
Food and Drink: There will be bars for those over
Water: A free water station will be available, and 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.
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.
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Schedule: Want to know when a particular artist will be doing their thing? Check out the following set times for this year's festival:
5:00 p.m.: Doors open
5:25 p.m. - 6:25 p.m.: Chris Lorenzo
6:25 p.m. - 7:25 p.m.: SAYMYNAME
7:25 p.m. - 8:25 p.m.: Jason Ross
8:30 p.m. - 9:25 p.m.: Black Tiger Sex Machine
9:30 p.m. - 10:40 p.m.: GTA
10:45 p.m. - midnight: DVBBS
12:05 a.m. - 1:20 a.m.: W&W
1:25 a.m. - 2:30 a.m.: Yellow Claw
2:30 a.m.: Event ends
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with additional event info since its original publication.