Things to Do

Your Guide to Decadence Arizona 2021: Tickets, Schedule, and More

Decadence Arizona attendees in 2019.
Decadence Arizona attendees in 2019. Luis Colato
It's safe to say that there’s a New Year’s Eve party or event for almost every taste imaginable. If you’re into high-style affairs at hotels, there are certainly plenty of those happening, as well as celebrations geared more towards lowbrow thrills, off-the-wall activities, and good rock ‘n’ roll.

Meanwhile, fans of electronic dance music will flock to Rawhide Event Center in Chandler on Thursday, December 30, and Friday, December 31, for back-to-back nights of beats and bass at Decadence Arizona 2021.

The over-the-top event, which is equal parts EDM festival and New Year’s Eve party, is being staged for the first time since 2019. According to Relentless Beats, the Phoenix-based promoter behind Decadence, it “pushes beyond” previous music festivals the company has produced.

Sounds like a lot of hype? Probably, but the event is going to be the biggest EDM event of the year, as evidenced by the size of its lineup.

More than 70 local and touring DJs, producers, and EDM artists are scheduled to perform during Decadence Arizona, including a lot of famous names. Marshmello will be there, as will DJ Snake, Seven Lions, Kaskade, Excision, Dillon Francis, Nora En Pure, and dozens more. NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal is also scheduled to perform as his DJ alter ego Diesel and will lay down some Shaq-Fu on the mixers.

There will also be art cars, lounges, a roller disco, vendors, photo ops, ax-throwing games, a casino, and various other distractions and attractions, as well as tons of special effects like lasers and pyrotechnics.

What else can you expect at Decadence Arizona 2021? Check out the extensive guide we’ve assembled, which includes ticket info, a full schedule, and a few tips.

When and Where Is the Event?

Decadence Arizona 2021 takes place on Thursday, December 30, and Friday, December 31, at Rawhide Event Center, 5700 West North Loop Road in Chandler. Gates open at 5 p.m., the music starts at 6 p.m., and the festival runs until 3 a.m. both nights.

How Much Is General Admission?

Single-night general admission (which basically gets you through the gates) will run you $109 on Thursday and $129 on Friday. If you want to attend both nights, it’s $199 per person.

What About VIP Tickets?

Feel like living large? Expect to pay for the privilege as VIP tickets (which include a souvenir lanyard and badge, express entry, and access to a VIP viewing deck and lounge) are $249 on Thursday, $279 on Friday, and $469 for the whole festival.

Really big spenders who are 21 and over can opt for the “Platinum VIP” package and all of its perks (like a full steak dinner each and multiple drink tickets, access to the artist hospitality lounge and side-stage viewing areas for the main stage, and everything included with regular VIP admission). It’s $519 on Thursday, $579 on Friday, and $999 for both nights.

Are There Age Limits?

Yes. You have to be 18 to attend and at least 21 to drink or buy alcohol.

What Are Decadence Arizona's COVID-19 Policies?

You don't need proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative test result to attend. Masks and face coverings are encouraged but aren't required.

click to enlarge Hoodies and jackets are two ways you can keep warm at Decadence Arizona. - LUIS COLATO
Hoodies and jackets are two ways you can keep warm at Decadence Arizona.
Luis Colato

What's the Weather Going to Be Like?

Cold and wet. Rain is in the forecast for Thursday and Friday with the mercury expected to be in the 50s when gates open on both nights before plunging into the 40s. Heaters will be available at various points throughout the festival, but you’ll want to dress warmly with multiple layers.

How Do I Get There?

Rawhide Event Center is located near the Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino. Take Interstate 10 to Exit 162 for Sundust Road/Wild Horse Pass Boulevard. Head west from there and follow the signs and staff directing you to the Rawhide parking lot.

How Much Is Parking?

It’s $10 per vehicle, per night, to park at the festival.

Will There Be Wristbands This Year?

Yes, and Decadence patrons must wear one at all times. No exceptions. Thanks to an RFID chip embedded in each wristband, they’re the only way you can enter the festival or purchase any food, drinks, and merch. A credit or debit card can be linked to wristbands through this website.

Where Can I Pick Up My Tickets?

If you’d like to get your will-call tickets and wristbands early, an off-site box office will be set up at Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park, 20000 South Maricopa Road in Chandler, from 3 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, December 29. (It's also where you can replace lost, stolen, or damaged wristbands.) A box office will also be available on the festival grounds starting at 4 p.m. on Thursday and Friday.
click to enlarge A map of Decadence Arizona 2021 (click the upper-right corner to enlarge). - RELENTLESS BEATS
A map of Decadence Arizona 2021 (click the upper-right corner to enlarge).
Relentless Beats

What Will Security and Getting Inside Be Like?

Like at most music festivals, security will screen patrons and conduct pat-downs and bag checks upon entry to Rawhide. Expect a little bit of a wait depending on when you arrive and be sure to have your ID handy. (See below for a full list of what is and isn’t allowed.)

Will There Be Food and Drink Available?

Of course. A variety of vendors and food trucks will have eats and drinks available for purchase, including the usual fast-casual options as pizza, tacos, burgers, and fries. Soft drinks and adult beverages can be bought from several drink booths and bars on the premises. As we said, you can only use your wristband for purchases.

Where Can I Get Water?

A free water station lounge will be located between the Grand Palace and Royal Ballroom stages. You’ll be allowed to bring empty water bottles (either disposable or reusable) into the event, as well as water bladder systems like CamelBaks. And just because it will be cold out doesn’t mean you won’t run the risk of getting dehydrated. You’re probably going to be dancing at the festival and (depending on how warm it gets inside each stage), you might work up a sweat.

What Else Can You Do Besides Dancing and Raging?

Go for a spin in the GoPuff Roller Disco. Hang out at “comfort zones” sponsored by Smirnoff, Mint Dispensaries, and Raw Rolling Papers. Sip boozy hot chocolate while putting together colorful plastic jewelry at a kandi-making station. Try your luck at the ZenLeaf casino. Test your mettle at the ax-throwing station. Get a makeover at a glitter and beauty bar or a haircut from the Idle Hand Collective barbershop. Eat tacos and play backyard games inside the Mr. Mesquite elevated food lounge.

click to enlarge Nora En Pure is scheduled to perform on Thursday, December 30, at Decadence Arizona 2021. - LUIS COLATO
Nora En Pure is scheduled to perform on Thursday, December 30, at Decadence Arizona 2021.
Luis Colato

What's the Schedule?

Performances will start at 6 p.m. each night on multiple stages and go until the wee hours. You can catch the bigger names on the lineup inside the Grand Palace and Royal Ballroom stages.

Meanwhile, local DJs will be featured at side stages like The Playhouse, Jester’s Court, and the Roller Disco. Here's the full rundown of when and where each DJ is performing at Decadence Arizona 2021.

Thursday, December 30:

Grand Palace
6 to 6:45 p.m. – Dark Mark
6:50 to 8:05 p.m. – Bijou
8:10 to 9:25 p.m. – Alesso
9:30 to 10:45 p.m. – Seven Lions
10:50 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. – Alison Wonderland
12:10 to 1:40 a.m. – Kaskade
1:45 to 3:00 a.m. – DJ Snake

Royal Ballroom
6 to 6:45 p.m. – Austin Feldman
6:50 to 8:05 p.m. – Gem & Tauri
8:10 to 9:25 p.m. – Martin Ikin
9:30 to 10:45 p.m. – Purple Disco Machine
10:50 p.m. to 12:05 a.m. – Madeon
12:10 to 1:25 a.m. – Nora En Pure
1:30 to 3 a.m. – Chris Lake

The Playhouse
6 to 7 p.m. – Claire Voyant, Ico Soundz, and Dykotomi
7 to 8 p.m. – Elwer, Yahra, and Fairydvst
8 to 9 p.m. – Dubcap, Residuo, Roil, and Sava
9 to 10 p.m. – Lance Fairchild, Lucci, and OGK
10 to 11 p.m. – Chiief, Arietta, and MLBX
11 p.m. to midnight – Richi Savage, District13, and Skelefriend
Midnight to 1 a.m. – Social, Medicine Mike, and Mutil8
1 to 2 a.m. – SAAS, Kody Black, Peachy Keen
2 to 3 a.m. – CHKLZ, Zule, and Proper

The Jester’s Court
6 to 7 p.m. – Dos Lonely Boys
7 to 8 p.m. – Housekneckt
8 to 9 p.m. – Sharps
9 to 10 p.m. – Fransis Derelle
10 to 11 p.m. – M?stic
11 p.m. to midnight – Avitas
Midnight to 1 a.m. – TRST
1 to 2 a.m. – Javin
2 to 3 a.m. – The Hotel Lobby

GoPuff Roller Disco
7 to 9:30 p.m. – Jeff O'Neal
9:30 p.m. to midnight – CHKLZ
click to enlarge Marshmello is scheduled to perform on Friday, December 31, at Decadence Arizona 2021. - BENJAMIN LEATHERMAN
Marshmello is scheduled to perform on Friday, December 31, at Decadence Arizona 2021.
Benjamin Leatherman
Friday, December 31:

Grand Palace
6 to 7 p.m. – Animate
7:05 to 8:05 p.m. – Lost Kings
8:10 to 9:25 p.m. – Alan Walker
9:30 to 10:45 p.m. – Diesel (a.k.a. Shaquille O'Neal)
10:50 p.m. to 12:10 a.m. – Dillon Francis
12:20 to 1:35 a.m. – Marshmello
1:45 to 3 a.m. – Excision

Royal Ballroom
6 to 7 p.m. – 2SOON
7 to 8 p.m. – TVBOO
8 to 9 p.m. – Destructo
9 to 10:30 p.m. – Fisher
10:30 p.m. to 12:15 a.m. – Sonny Fodera
12:15 to 1:45 a.m. – Gordo
1:50 to 3 a.m. – Loud Luxury

The Playhouse
6 to 7 p.m. – Shifty, Fatal Error, and Amnesia
7 to 8 p.m. – W.A.S.H., Nicholas William, and Speckz
8 to 9 p.m. – Gobbs, Orenda, and Joseph Harding
9 to 10 p.m. – Grackle Beats, Bigstabes, and Voodreau
10 to 11 p.m. – Dark Mark, Paz, and SHSTR
11 to 11:50 p.m. – Dreamcode, Cafe Caderas, and Youms
12:15 to 1 a.m. – Eyechronic, Jeff O'Neal, and Edward Joseph
1 to 2 a.m. – Sean & Xander, McWhite, and Cubozoa
2 to 3 a.m. – Jur, HeyBud!, and Cobra Shell

The Jester’s Court
6 to 7 p.m. – Lujan
7 to 8 p.m. – TokyoNotJapan
8 to 9 p.m. – Brett Ortiz
9 to 10 p.m. – PR!CE
10 to 11 p.m. – Bella Renee
11 to 11:50 p.m. – Chassi
12:15 to 1 a.m. – Sleeper Cell
1 to 2 a.m. – Sleeper Cell
2 to 3 a.m. – Shstr

GoPuff Roller Disco
7 to 9:30 p.m. – Justin Irby
9:30 to 11:50 p.m. – Jur

What Should I Bring?

A government-issued ID and a fully charged cellphone, for starters. Clear bags measuring a maximum of 15 inches by 15 inches will be allowed. If you want to deck yourself out with glowing jewelry, kandi, or costuming, that’s cool, too. Lighters are okay, as are sealed packs of cigarettes. You can also bring in a nicotine vaping device, but only if it doesn’t have a refillable chamber containing visible liquid.

What Shouldn’t I Bring?

Drugs, illegal substances, and any sort of related paraphernalia are all forbidden. The same goes for fireworks, laser devices, chains or spiked jewelry, knives or any other weapon, and anything else considered to be dangerous or destructive. Massagers, eye drops, outside food or alcohol, tents, chairs, blankets, large bags, balloons, balls, and Native American headdresses are also forbidden. Any open packs of cigarettes, tampons, or ChapStick will also be confiscated by security.

What About Festival Totems?

They won’t be allowed at Decadence Arizona this year. Sorry.
KEEP PHOENIX NEW TIMES FREE... Since we started Phoenix New Times, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Phoenix, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.