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HOCO Fest 2019 in Tucson Shows Local Love With Stacked Lineup

Las Chollas Peligrosas will play HOCO Fest in Tucson later this year.
Las Chollas Peligrosas will play HOCO Fest in Tucson later this year. Sam Gomez
In case you weren't aware, Tucson truly is Phoenix's cool little sibling that stays in its room all the time listening to awesome, weird music, and HOCO Fest is its yearly chance to prove it. Seemingly taking it upon itself to blow certain other Arizona music festivals out of the water when it comes to local representation, the four-day event has announced the full lineup for its 2019 edition.

Injury Reserve, Gatecreeper, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Las Chollas Peligrosas, Ojalá Systems, XIXA, Sex Prisoner, Holy Fawn, Los Esplifs, Djentrification, and more will all represent Arizona alongside an outstanding lineup of international musicians blowing up the underground.

The fun starts on Thursday with a "Warm Up" set by Omar Apollo. Tucson-based collective Ojalá Systems will open. Friday sees metal from Gatecreeper, Show Me The Body, and Holy Fawn, deconstructed club music from LSDXOXO, and ass-shaking jams from Afro-Portuguese producer DJ Nigga Fox.

Saturday continues with sets from PAO, Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Minimal Violence, Las Chollas Peligrosas, and others. On Sunday, Injury Reserve return to Arizona for the first time since dropping their debut album. Country troubadour Bill Callahan is also set to perform, as are The Courtneys, Fat Tony, Djentrification, and more.

More acts have yet to be announced, but as of now the lineup is pretty stacked. Tickets are available via HOCO Fest's website; due to the fest being split between multiple venues with different age policies, passes are split into multiple tiers depending on age and day of attendance. A full festival pass costs just $65, however, making HOCO one of the best values in the state's festival circuit. All in all, it's definitely worth the drive and the hotel/Airbnb rate.

Check out all the currently announced acts below, in order of billing.

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After a sold-out tour stop at Crescent Ballroom, Omar Apollo will return to Arizona at HOCO Fest.
Aiden Cullen
Thursday, August 29
Omar Apollo
Ojalá Systems

Friday, August 30
Ms Nina
Tomasa del Real
Show Me The Body
DJ Nigga Fox
San Cha
Ryley Walker
Mexican Jihad
Wild Pink
Sex Prisoner
Super Unison
Holy Fawn
Los Ésplifs
Pearl Charles
Sonido Tambó
Native Creed
Street Blues Family
Get A Grip
Chris Hall

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Holy Fawn will play HOCO Fest on Friday, August 30.
Matt Cardinal
Saturday, August 31
Wicca Phase Springs Eternal
Dana Dentata
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
D. Tiffany
Roza Terenzi
Minimal Violence
Creeks (Jon Simmons)
Vox Urbana
Maggot Heart
Las Chollas Peligrosas
Chick Cashman with Kid Kongo Powers
Rituals of Mine (DJ Set)
Foxx Bodies
Pro Teens
Rotting Yellow
Positive Satan
The Exbats
Anchor Baby
Shelby Athougia
Rough Draft

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Injury Reserve at Crescent Ballroom in 2018.
Jorge Mariscal Valle
Sunday, September 1
Bill Callahan
Injury Reserve
The Courtneys
Fat Tony
Death Bells
Cold Showers
Hotline TNT
Marbled Eye
Nive and The Deer Children
June West
Casey Golden
Yung Davon

HOCO Fest 2019. Thursday, August 29, to Sunday, September 1, at Club Congress, 311 East Congress Street, Tucson, and other venues in Tucson; hocofest.com.
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Douglas Markowitz was born and raised in Broward County, Florida, he studied at Sophia University in Tokyo before graduating with honors from the University of North Florida with a bachelor's degree in communications. He began writing for Miami New Times while in college and served as their music and arts editorial intern in 2017.