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Your Guide to Goldrush Music Festival 2021: Tickets, Lineup, Rides, and More

One of the stages at a previous edition of Goldrush Music Festival.
One of the stages at a previous edition of Goldrush Music Festival. Luis Colato/Relentless Beats
click to enlarge One of the stages at a previous edition of Goldrush Music Festival. - LUIS COLATO/RELENTLESS BEATS
One of the stages at a previous edition of Goldrush Music Festival.
Luis Colato/Relentless Beats
Good things come to those who wait, as they say. Just ask the local electronic dance music fans who have been spent more than 18 months wanting to attend a full-blown music festival in the Valley.

They’ll get their wish this weekend when the Goldrush Music Festival happens at Rawhide Western Town in Chandler. The massive three-day EDM event put on by local promoter Relentless Beats, the largest to happen since the pandemic, is scheduled for Friday, September 24, to Sunday, September 26, at the park. Like its venue, the festival is Wild West themed and will offer plenty of kitsch.

It will also include sets by more than 60 different EDM artists, producers, and DJs, including Mad Decent founder Diplo, future bass/trap king Illenium, trance trio Above & Beyond, dubstep artist Jauz, and deep house duo Zeds Dead.

Besides all the beat-slinging, Goldrush will also feature a mix of attractions, ranging from carnival rides and circus performers to western-themed activities and even comedy and karaoke sessions.


What else is in store for this year’s festival? Check out our extensive guide, which offers everything you need to know.

When and Where Will the Festival Happen?

Goldrush will take place from Friday, September 24, to Sunday, September 26, at Rawhide Western Town, 5700 West North Loop Road in Chandler. Gates open at 5 p.m. each evening and the music will go on until 2 a.m.

How Much Does It Cost To Attend?

General admission is $99 per day or $289 for the entire festival. VIP passes — which include faster entry, a souvenir lanyard, and access to exclusive viewing areas and lounges — are $179 each day or $529 for the weekend. Platinum admission will cost you $399 per person, per day, or $1,099 for the festival and will feature the same perks as VIP, plus a gift bag, a steakhouse dinner, and the chance to rub elbows with DJs and access a special side-stage viewing area.

Where Can I Pick Up My Tickets?

An off-site box office will be located at Phoenix Premium Outlets, 4976 Premium Outlets Way in Chandler, where attendees can trade in general admission tickets for wristbands. Hours are from 4 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday, September 21, and Wednesday, September 22; 2 to 10 p.m. on Thursday, September 23; and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, September 24. Anyone who can’t make it during those hours (or are on the guest list or have purchased Platinum and VIP tickets) will have to check in at the ticket booths located at Rawhide.

Are There Age Limits?

Goldrush Music Festival is an 18-plus event and you have to be at least 21 to purchase or drink alcohol.

What’s The Weather Going to Be Like?

Temperatures will be in the 90s when gates open before getting down into the mid-70s as the evening progresses. We suggest bringing a hoodie, a light jacket, or some furry raver wear.

click to enlarge Diplo is scheduled to perform on Sunday, September 26, at Goldrush Music Festival 2021. - SHANE LOPEGES
Diplo is scheduled to perform on Sunday, September 26, at Goldrush Music Festival 2021.
Shane Lopeges

What’s the Best Way to Get There?

If you’re driving, take Interstate 10 West to Exit 162 (Wild Horse Pass Boulevard/Sundust Road), hang a right at the light, and follow the posted signs directing you to the parking lot.

How Much Is Parking?

It’s $10 per vehicle to park in Rawhide’s lot.

What’s It Going to Be Like Getting Inside?

An ID is required to pick up your festival wristband, which can't be removed if you're coming for multiple days. Security will conduct bag checks, pat-downs, and wandings on every patron upon entry.
click to enlarge A map to the festival (click the upper-right corner to enlarge). - RELENTLESS BEATS
A map to the festival (click the upper-right corner to enlarge).
Relentless Beats

Will Lockers Be Available?

Yes. A number of lockers will be available for three-day rental for $75 each and are located inside the festival grounds.

Will Food and Drink Be Available for Purchase?

Yes. Multiple bars (including those in the VIP area) will dispense libations of the beer, wine, and spirituous variety. Meanwhile, Rawhide's restaurants and concession stands will have eats of the fast-casual variety, including burgers, fries, sandwiches, pizza, and other options.

What Will the Water Situation Be Like?

Sealed bottles of H2O will be available for sale from vendors. Refill stations will be set up at multiple locations throughout the festival and both Camelbak-style water bladders and empty water bottles of a reusable or disposable nature are allowed.

click to enlarge Illenium is scheduled to perform on Friday, September 24, at Goldrush Music Festival. - UMUSIC
Illenium is scheduled to perform on Friday, September 24, at Goldrush Music Festival.
UMusic

What’s the Schedule Going to Be Like?

DJs and EDM artists will perform on three themed stages — Golden Gorge, Tumbleweed Park, and The Hidedout — located around Rawhide. Relentless Beats hasn’t announced set times or stage assignments as of this writing, but the daily breakdown of when each artist will perform is as follows.


Friday, September 24
ATLiens, Brando, Camelphat, Cosmic Gate, Devault, Ekonovah, Illenium, James Hype, Jauz, Jessica Audiffred, Kayzo, LP Giobbi, PhaseOne, Seth Troxler, Tiga, Sleeper Cell, Sohmi, Svdden Death, Technasia, Tynan, and Virtual Riot

Saturday, September 25
Above & Beyond, Ace Aura, Anatta, Chris Lorenzo, Wax Motif, Cray, Decimate, District13, Dombresky, EDX, Getter, Gorgon City, Kill The Noise, Kyle Walker, Medicine Mike, Monxx, NGHTMRE, Noizu, Omnom, Tony Romera, Trampa, Troyboi, and Zedd

Sunday, September 26
Autograf, Avitas, Black V Neck, Cloonee, Clozee, Dabin, Diplo, Grackle Beats, Green Velvet, Inzo, Kai Wachi, LSDream, Mize, Moore Kismet, Peachy Keen, Player Dave, Sidepiece, Vintage Culture, Walker & Royce, Westend, Zeds Dead, and GRiZ

Will There Be Non-Music Attractions at the Festival?

Yes. According to Relentless Beats, there will be carnival rides and other attractions located throughout the festival grounds. To wit: The Six Gun Performance Theatre will feature stand-up comedy, magic shows, stunt performances, and karaoke sessions. Performers from the Zoppe Italian Family Circus will roam the area near The Hideout stage and various cannabis vendors and dispensaries will help put the weed in Tumbleweed Park. A Moonshiner's Art Walk and silent disco are also planned.

Are There Any Pre-Parties?

Yup. The “Space Yacht Goldrush Pre-Party” will take place at 9 p.m. on Thursday, September 23, at Sunbar, 24 West Fifth Street in Tempe. DJs scheduled to perform include Arius, Nazaar, and Saka. A secret headliner will also be revealed at the event. Tickets are $22.

What Should I Bring?

A good attitude, for starters. Don't forget your ID, some comfortable shoes, and a fully charged cellphone. Clear bags measuring a maximum of 15 inches by 15 inches will be allowed. Lighters are okay, as are sealed packs of cigarettes. Ditto for sealed tampons, gum, and lip balm. Oh, and be sure to wear a costume.

What Shouldn't I Bring?

Forget about bringing weapons, wallet chains, fireworks, pets, large or non-clear bags, chairs, or anything else that’s disruptive, destructive, or dangerous.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.