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Here's the 2018 Lost Lake Festival Lineup

SZA will headline the 2018  Lost Lake Festival.
SZA will headline the 2018 Lost Lake Festival. Courtesy of RCA Records
The 2018 Lost Lake Festival lineup has landed. And event promoters Superfly have done it again.

When Lost Lake returns to Steele Indian School Park from October 19 through 21, attendees can expect the same signature mix of hip-hop, R&B, folk, emo, crowd-pleasing throwbacks, and local artists that the event brought to Central Phoenix during its inaugural 2017 event.

Future, SZA, The Chainsmokers, and Imagine Dragons will headline this year's festival.

Kamasi Washington, A$AP Ferg, Janelle Monáe, Phoebe Bridgers, Chicano Batman, Injury Reserve, and Nas also are scheduled to appear. And Phoenix-based bands including Jimmy Eat World, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, and Playboy Manbaby will round out the 43-act bill.

That distinct combination is exactly what organizers are going for, according to Rick Farman, the co-founder of Superfly.

Farman says that the Superfly team, which also produces Bonnaroo and Outside Lands, gained a lot of perspective on the Valley and its creative set during the 2017 festival, which featured games, food from local restauranteurs like Chris Bianco, visual art from creatives including the Fortoul Brothers, and headliners Chance the Rapper, The Killers, and Odesza.

"You're in the city and you're experiencing the things that are really great about living in an urban environment and enjoying those things," Farman says of Phoenix. "But you're really close to being in amazing wilderness — I think those things create an artistic dynamic and sensibility that we're trying to tap into."
That knowledge, along with local partners in the Phoenix area like Charlie Levy of Stateside Presents and the team at Walter Productions, helped the booking folks at Superfly zero in on what it means to engage with art in Phoenix — whether visual, musical, or culinary.

"We're not trying to put something together that could exist anywhere else," Farman says. "We wouldn't book this lineup anywhere else."

Hence the multi-genre music schedule, which will complement the yet-unannounced lineup of live mural painters, nonprofit organizations, and regional makers featured at the upcoming event. Once again, Bianco will take the lead in Lost Lake's food vendor selection.

Here's the complete Lost Lake Festival 2018 music lineup:

Imagine Dragons
The Chainsmokers
Janelle Monáe
Jimmy Eat World
Café Tacvba
Young Thug
Grizzly Bear
A$AP Ferg
Third Eye Blind
Louis the Child
Lil Dicky
Kamasi Washington
Quinn XCII
Maggie Rogers
Hippie Sabotage
St. Lucia
Chicano Batman
Cashmere Cat
Ra Ra Riot
Phoebe Bridgers
Ravyn Lenae
Injury Reserve
Colony House
Sasha Sloan
Durand Jones & The Indications
The Marías
Jared & the Mill
The Technicolors
Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra
Playboy Manbaby
Donna Missal
The Chamanas
Nanami Ozone

Tickets to the festival will go on sale via the Lost Lake website at 10 a.m. Pacific time on Friday, April 27.

Three-day general admission passes start at $189.50, while three-day VIP passes start at $524.50. Lost Lake will offer a layaway plan that allows attendees to divvy up their ticket costs into multiple payments. Organizers will offer that plan for tickets at all price points.

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Becky Bartkowski is an award-winning journalist and the arts and music editor at New Times, where she writes about art, fashion, and pop culture.
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