Large scale, small scale. National bands, local bands. VIP passes, cheap seats. You have a lot of choices in music festivals heading to metro Phoenix in coming months, whether your tastes lean toward pop, rock, EDM, or hip-hop.
Take note if you’re a DJ, by the way, because Goldrush has a DJ competition that could land you on stage during the opening set. Here’s the rundown on seven festivals to help you start planning – plus another festival coming to Apache Lake in Roosevelt.
Disrupt FestivalSaturday, July 27
2121 North 83rd Avenue
More than 10 bands will perform on two stages during the Disrupt Festival at Ak-Chin Pavilion, where the lineup includes The Used, Thrice, Circa Survive, and Sum 41. The festival, which starts at 1:30 p.m., also includes pop-up experiences. Ticket prices fluctuate based on availability and demand. Last time we checked they ranged from $14.99 to $29.99. VIP packages are also available.
Bassrush MassiveSaturday, August 24
Rawhide Event Center
5700 West North Loop Road, Chandler
Get to Rawhide Events Center by 6 p.m. if you want to hear the full lineup, which includes Flux Pavilion, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Herobust, Riot Ten, Mastadon, and Zeke Beats. The 18-and-over event runs through 2 a.m. General admission is $59, plus fees. A ticket for the VIP pit will set you back $89, plus fees.
Disguise the LimitsFriday, September 27
Tempe Town Lake, Beach Park
80 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe
It’s the first year for Disguise the Limits, which kicks off at 1 p.m. at Tempe Beach Park and runs through midnight. Headliners include Fake Rich and Slim Billions. The rest of the lineup includes Bxnks, 90 One, Kaija, Lil Salt, King, and Johnny Oz. General admission is $60. VIP packages are also available.
GoldrushFriday and Saturday, September 27 and 28
Rawhide Western Town
5700 West North Loop Road, Chandler
Goldrush returns for a third year with about three dozen acts and a heavy dose of EDM and hip-hop. This year’s lineup includes Adventure Club, Alison Wonderland, Jayceeoh, TroyBoi, and Green Velvet. Check out the DJ competition that ends on Sunday, August 4, if you want the chance to join the opening lineup. The 18-and-over event at Rawhide Western Town starts at 5 p.m. on Friday and ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday. A general admission two-day pass runs $159, before fees. VIP packages are also available.
Pop Culture Music FestivalSaturday, September 28
105 West Main Street, Mesa
If you don’t want to go all in for a large-scale festival, head over to the Nile Theater, where the Pop Culture Music Festival will feature Mystery Skulls, Armors, Cemetery Sun, Communicant, Phangs, Tillie, Andres, and Lumin. Doors open at 3 p.m. and the music starts at 4 p.m. Tickets are $20, plus fees.
Mesa Music FestivalThursday to Saturday, November 14 to 16
Main Street, Mesa
The Mesa Music Festival returns to downtown Mesa with three days of live music plus other creative offerings, including a car show and art installations. The free event highlights emerging Arizona bands, and also includes a music industry symposium. Participating acts include Christopher Shayne, This is Modern, and Dawson Rutledge.
AZ Hip-Hop FestivalSaturday and Sunday, November 16 and 17
441 West Madison Street
They haven’t announced the lineup yet, but the AZ Hip-Hop Festival is returning for its sixth year with two days of music, from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. both days, at The Pressroom. The two-day festival pass costs $60.
Apache LakeFriday and Saturday, October 18 and 19
Apache Lake Marina & Resort
229.5 Mile Marker, Roosevelt
It’s the 10th anniversary for the Apache Lake Music Festival, which will showcase about 30 Arizona bands with a wide variety of sounds. The lineup includes Fairy Bones, Fat Gray Cat, Jared & The Mill, Kongos, and Las Chollas Peligrosas. The festival starts at noon on Friday and runs through midnight on Saturday. A two-day pass is $60, which includes free camping.
Keep Phoenix New Times Free... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we would like to keep it that way. Offering our readers free access to incisive coverage of local news, food and culture. Producing stories on everything from political scandals to the hottest new bands, with gutsy reporting, stylish writing, and staffers who've won everything from the Society of Professional Journalists' Sigma Delta Chi feature-writing award to the Casey Medal for Meritorious Journalism. But with local journalism's existence under siege and advertising revenue setbacks having a larger impact, it is important now more than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" membership program, allowing us to keep covering Phoenix with no paywalls.