UPDATE, 5 p.m., 12/1/2015: Lucky Man Concerts has announced the lineup, and this article now reflects this.
Rapper Future will headline the 2016 Pot of Gold Music Festival, organizer Lucky Man Concerts announced today.
The "Fuck Up Some Commas" rapper will perform at Rawhide in Chandler on Thursday, March 17. Slightly Stoopid, Atmosphere, Dirty Heads, Fishbone, and another band to be named later will open for Future. The second (non-consecutive) day of the festival, which will take place on Saturday, March 19, will feature 311, Rebelution, Jay Rock, Earl Sweatshirt, Protoje, Katastro, and another headliner to be named later.
Lucky Man is going with a tiered system for both single-day and two-day passes for the festival, and they will go on sale Wednesday, December 2, at 10 a.m. at www.potofgoldaz.com, www.luckymanonline.com, the Marquee Theatre box office, or by phone at 877-318-4540. The first 1,000 single-day tickets sold will be priced at $40, and the next 1,000 will cost $50. After that, the price will be $65. The first 1,000 two-day passes will cost $65, then $80 for the next 1,000, and then $110 for the remaining passes.
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This year's Pot of Gold Music Festival spanned four days and attracted tens of thousands of people to see headliners Kendrick Lamar, Bastille, Korn, and Fall Out Boy at Tempe Beach Park. Perhaps the most surprising part of the announcement is the change of venue from Tempe to Chandler.
“We are very excited about our new location at Rawhide," Lucky Man owner Tom LaPenna said in a statement. "Rawhide’s management team has been great to work with in planning the 2016 festival. The venue provides a wide open site with unobstructed views of the stage, a VIP viewing area, expanded areas for food and non-food vendors, and use of Frontier Hall, which all together should translate into a better experience for all patrons. The Rawhide site provides accessible freeway access, an easy drop off/pick up area, and plenty of parking within walking distance of the venue."
Lucky Man ran into trouble with the city of Tempe during its Summer Ends Music Festival at Tempe Beach Park at the end of September. Almost 20 people were hospitalized after crowding and excessive heat just before headliner Big Sean took the stage.
March and April of this year were jam-packed with music festivals in Metro Phoenix, and this year is shaping up to be no different. McDowell Mountain Music Festival has moved up a month to March 11 to 13.