There are a handful of high-profile bands and artists that have never, ever performed in Phoenix -- Daft Punk being chief among them -- that we'd give anything to see in concert here. As of yesterday, however, Knife Party is no longer on that list -- at least not any longer.
Local EDM promoter Relentless Beats has announced that the scorching hot dubstep/drumstep/electro-house duo, which is comprised of Australian-born producers Gareth McGrillen and Rob Swire, will make their long-awaited Phoenix debut on Saturday, January 31, at The Pressroom. And in case the date isn't ringing any bells, its happening on the night before Super Bowl XLIX. Naturally, the gig has been dubbed the "Relentless Bowl."
If you're unfamiliar with Knife Party and their exploits over the last three years, the act began as a side project of McGrillen and Swire (both of whom are part of Aussie drum 'n' bass outfit Pendulum) that shot into the EDM stratosphere in 2011 with such explosive and dubstep-heavy electro tracks as "Destroy Them With Lazers" and the wicked "Internet Friends" (the source of the infamous audio drop, "You blocked me on Facebook/And now you're going to die") and Knife Party's debut EP 100% No Modern Talking.
Then came 2012, when they released the Rage Valley with its chartbusting hits "Centipede" and "Bonfire" (the latter of which was memorably used in an episode of Breaking Bad), as well as "Antidote," their ultra-popular collaboration with Swedish House Mafia. Their biggest release thus far, the Billboard-topping EP Haunted House, dropped last year.
Suffice it to say, Knife Party's been on heavy rotation in clubs and DJ remixes, a constant prescience at big festivals like Electric Daisy Carnival and Coachella, and regular visitors to cities steeped in EDM like New York, L.A., and Vegas.
As for Phoenix? Eh, not so much, which probably is the reason why their impending Super Bowl weekend is madly anticipated. For proof, look no further than the fact that advanced pre-sale tickets have already sold out, according to the Relentless Beats website. Every DJ you know is probably going to be at the 1,000-person Pressroom for the show, as are every single dubstep/drumstep fan from around the Valley.
Starting saving up your raging mojo now.
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General admission tickets can be had for $40 while VIP access (which includes express entry, table service, and premium seating) is $75.