It's safe to say that there’s a New Year’s Eve party for almost every taste imaginable happening around the Valley this weekend. If you’re into high-style affairs in ballrooms, there are certainly plenty of those happening, as well as celebrations geared more towards artsy endeavors, lowbrow thrills, and good old-fashioned rock ‘n’ roll.
Meanwhile, fans of electronic dance music will be massing at Rawhide Event Center in Chandler on Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31, for two straight nights of rowdy fun during Decadence Arizona 2018. The annual event, which is both an EDM festival and massive New Year’s Eve party all in one, will feature 30-plus DJs and producers doing their thing, including many famous names in the mix.
Skrillex will be there, as will Marshmello, Above & Beyond, NGHTMRE, Ghastly, Eric Prydz, Morgan Page, Porter Robinson, Treasure Fingers, Drezo, and dozens more. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is also scheduled to perform at Decadence Arizona as his alter ego DJ Diesel and will lay down some Shaq-Fu on the mixers.
Three different stages will be set up at Rawhide, each with its own lineup of talent. As per usual with an EDM event at the venue, there will also be vendors, art displays, and even carnival rides.
Needless to say, it's one of the biggest New Year's Eve events of the year and will likely attract tens of thousands of EDM fans, all of whom will be eager to rage away as 2018 ends. If you want to be one of 'em, here's a complete look at everything you might possibly want to know about the two-day event.
When and Where: Decadence Arizona 2018 takes place on Sunday, December 30, and Monday, December 31, at Rawhide Event Center, 5700 West North Loop Road in Chandler. Gates open up at 3 p.m. each day and the festival runs until 3 a.m.
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Prices: First off, it depends on which days you’d like to attend. General admission is $119 on Sunday, $129 on Monday, and $219 for both days. If you want the rock star treatment, you’ve got a few options. VIP tickets – which include quicker entry, a souvenir lanyard, and access to exclusive viewing areas – are $179 on Sunday, $189 on Monday, and $339 for the whole weekend.
Platinum VIP packages are $399 for Sunday only or $769 for the entire festival. These options include complimentary drinks, a side stage viewing area on the main stage, the chance to hang out in the artist hospitality lounge, a gift bag, and other primo perks.
Age Limits: Anyone 18 or older can attend and those 21 and older can drink.
Weather: Um, it's going to be cold both days. Temperatures will be in the 50s during the day before plunging to the low 30s by midnight. Things will be much warmer inside the tents, so try spending most of your time there ... or dress warmly.
Wristbands: Every attendee is required to wear an official wristband to enter. The RFID chip in each will serve as your ticket and will be used if you want to purchase anything.
Wristbands can be picked up at will call at the event (unless you had it shipped in advance) both days. Several booths will be available where you can put money on it using either cash or a credit/debit card.
Getting There: Interstate 10 to Exit 162 for
Parking: It’s $10 per vehicle, per day to park at Rawhide.
Getting Inside: Like with any EDM festival at Rawhide, security will screen patrons upon entry. Expect a little bit of a wait depending on when you arrive and have your ID handy. (See below for a full list of what is and isn’t allowed at Decadence.)
Daily Lineups and Set Times: The music
Sunday, December 30
Gates open at 3 p.m.
4 p.m. Blossom
5:50 p.m. GG Magree
6:50 p.m. Dr. Fresch
7:55 p.m. San Holo
9:15 p.m. Skrillex
10:40 p.m. Rezz
12:05 a.m. Porter Robinson
1:30 a.m. Above & Beyond
5 p.m. Pickster One
6 p.m. Nukid
7 p.m. Kidnap
8:05 p.m. Moon Boots
10:30 p.m. Morgan Page
11:35 p.m. Drezo
12:40 a.m. Skism B2B Trampa
1:45 a.m. Valentino Khan
3 p.m. Medicine Mike
4 p.m. Rare
5 p.m. Dylan Heckert
6 p.m. Nasty Humanz
7 p.m. Nodari
8 p.m. Sejo
10 p.m. Bardz
11 p.m. Brett Ortiz
Midnight: Frank Terry
1 a.m. Sean Watson
Monday, December 31
Gates open at 3 p.m.
4 p.m. Gerry Gonza
5:20 p.m. Paz
6:40 p.m. 4B
7:45 p.m. Alison Wonderland
8:50 p.m. Marshmello
10:10 p.m. Ghastly
11:20 p.m. DJ Diesel
11:50 p.m. NGHTMRE B2B DJ Diesel
12:20 a.m. NGHTMRE
1:30 a.m. Eric Prydz
5 p.m. Electric Polar Bears
6 p.m. Hotel Garuda
7:05 p.m. Codes
8:10 p.m. Treasure Fingers
9:15 p.m. Cristoph
10:20 p.m. Green Velvet
2 a.m. Gryffin
3 p.m. Ghost Effect
4 p.m. Alaska
4:50 p.m. Michael James
5:45 p.m. Highline
8:45 p.m. Animate
10:45 p.m. Rampant
12:15 a.m. TokyoNotJapan
1:30 a.m. Mike Dao B2B Dark Mark
Food and Drink: A variety of vendors and food trucks will have eats and drinks available for purchase, including such fast-casual options as pizza, mac and cheese, burgers, and fries.
Soft drinks and adult beverages can be bought from several drink booths and bars on the premises. As we mentioned, you can only use your wristband for purchases.
Water: You can bring empty water bottles (either disposable or reusable) into the event, as well as water bladder systems like CamelBaks. A free refill station will be available inside the festival grounds. If needed, you can also get water from one of the many “Relentless Rangers” working at the event.
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Bring: A government-issued ID, as well as a fully charged cellphone, friendly vibes, glow toys, colorful outfits, and
Pre-Party: The Van Buren in downtown Phoenix will host the official Decadence pre-party on Friday, December 28. Local DJs like Dark Mark, Medicine Mike, NastyHumanz, Nodari, and Rampant will perform. The event starts at 9 p.m. and tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
After-Party: If you'd like to kick off 2019 with even more EDM action, the Afterglow party will happen from 2 to 6 a.m. on Tuesday, January 1, at Rawhide immediately