The scene at last year's FORM Arcosanti festival.
The scene at last year's FORM Arcosanti festival.
Michelle Sasonov

FORM Returns to Arcosanti

Update: Chance the Rapper has canceled his appearance at FORM 2018. An earlier version listed him as a headliner.

FORM returns to Arcosanti for the fifth year this weekend, Friday, May 11 to Sunday, May 13.

The highly curated, intimate festival began when Los Angeles-based band Hundred Waters came across the experimental town, which was founded on the concept of arcology — the marriage of architecture and ecology. You’ll find the band on the lineup each year, and their curation helps make FORM special in a sea of music festivals that lack identity.

There’s always a wide variety of musical stylings at FORM, and this year is no different. Rap, folk, EDM, pop, indie rock, and R&B are all represented by the festival headliners: Fleet Foxes, Skrillex, a solo Blood Orange set, Courtney Barnet, Beach House, Charli XCX with A.G. Cook, and Daniel Caesar. Further down, the roster reveals acts that don’t always make it to Phoenix when they tour. They include the mysterious Sophie, whose industrial electronic pop sounds have discreetly penetrated the slightly less than mainstream.

While at the festival, participants have the option to camp and experience talks, panels, and programming from a variety of human rights organizations from Planned Parenthood to the ACLU. More than other festivals, FORM is about experimental art, education, and the future.

FORM Arcosanti 2018 runs Friday, May 11, to Sunday, May 13, at Arcosanti. Tickets are $350 and up at experienceform.com.

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