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Goldrush Festival Announces First Wave of DJs, Plus More Phoenix Music News

DJs like Diplo, Illenium, Above & Beyond, and Zedd will take the stage at Goldrush Music Festival 2021.
DJs like Diplo, Illenium, Above & Beyond, and Zedd will take the stage at Goldrush Music Festival 2021. Benjamin Leatherman
Concert-related announcements dominate our latest roundup of recent music news from the Valley scene, including new shows and a couple of postponements. Goldrush Music Festival in late September, the biggest outdoor concert to be staged locally since the pandemic, also dropped its first batch of performers.

All the relevant details can be found below.

Goldrush Music Festival Reveals First Wave of Its 2021 Lineup

Local electronic dance music promoter Relentless Beats has revealed the first wave of DJ, producers, and mixmasters that will perform at the three-day event from September 24 to 26 at Rawhide Western Town. More than three dozen acts and artists were announced and the lineup features plenty of notable names. Topping the list are Mad Decent founder Diplo, future bass/trap king Illenium, trance trio Above & Beyond, dubstep artist Jauz, and deep house duo Zeds Dead.

Others on the lineup include Zedd, Autograf, Kill the Noise, Griz, NGHTMRE, Troyboi, Virtual Riot, Gorgon City, Svdden Death, Camelphat, Green Velvet, ATLiens, and Noizu. Relentless Beats is promising more artists will be announced in the coming weeks. Three-day tickets are currently on sale for the festival and start at $229.

Celine Dion and Harry Styles Reschedule Shows

You’ll have to wait a bit to see pop stars Celine Dion and Harry Styles perform in the Valley as both artists have moved their respective shows to later dates. Dion has rescheduled dates on her current North American tour, which featured a stop at Gila River Arena on Tuesday, September 14. It will now take place on Friday, April 8. Styles was scheduled to play the same venue on Tuesday, August 24, with support from Jenny Lewis. That show has been delayed until Saturday, November 13. Previously sold tickets for both concerts will be honored.

click to enlarge Ice Cube is coming to the Valley in early December. - MATHEW TUCCIARONE
Ice Cube is coming to the Valley in early December.
Mathew Tucciarone

Ice Cube headlining 101.1 The Bounce Throwback Holiday Show

Classic hip-hop radio station 101.1 The Bounce is bringing in some legends for its inaugural Throwback Holiday Show on Friday, December 3, at the newly renamed Footprint Center (formerly Phoenix Suns Arena). West Coast icons Ice Cube, Too $hort, and Warren G are on the bill, which will also feature sets by hip-hop/R&B artist Baby Bash, Yukmouth and Numskull of Luniz, and female rap group J.J. Fad. The concert starts at 8 p.m. and tickets are $45 to $150.

Erykah Badu, LANY, and Rüfüs du Sol Announces Phoenix Concerts

You can also add R&B singer Erykah Badu, pop band LANY, and alternative dance ensemble Rüfüs Du Sol to the list of blockbuster upcoming coming to the Valley later this year. All three will perform at Arizona Federal Theatre this fall with Badu visiting first on Wednesday, October 20, for a 9 p.m. show. Tickets are $49.50 to $129.50. Rüfüs Du Sol will appear on Thursday, November 4, with an opening set by Flight Facilities. Admission is $59.50 to $194.50. LANY is scheduled to perform on Friday, November 12, and keshi will open. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. and tickets are $29.50 to $64.50.
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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.