Pool parties are a
And then there’s the event that combines the two: the annual Wet Electric at Big Surf in Tempe.
Every April, the electronic dance music extravaganza, which features all the hallmarks of both a DJ-powered pool party and festival rager, takes over the iconic
As such, the mainstage at Wet Electric is set up in the middle of Big Surf’s
The lineups each year feature close to a dozen heavy hitters from the dance music world, including those of both nationally known and local variety.
It makes for one of Arizona’s most unique pool parties and music festivals, and helps turn Big Surf into an epicenter for electronic dance music in the Valley for the day, particularly for anyone into epic sets, big beats, and plenty of
Here’s a rundown of everything you’ll need to know before heading out to the event.
When and Where: Wet Electric 2017 takes place on Saturday, April 29, at Big Surf Waterpark, 1500 North McClintock Drive in Tempe. Gates open at 11 a.m., and the event goes until 9 p.m.
Prices: General admission is $65. If you'd rather attend in both style and comfort, VIP tickets are $125 and include a souvenir lanyard, express entry, free zip-line rides, and access to an exclusive area featuring a private bar and posh seating like daybeds and giant bean bags.
Age Limits: If you're 18 or older, you can attend. Only those 21 and over can drink, however, and security will be checking IDs upon entry.
Who’s Performing: This year’s lineup is plenty potent and loaded up with heavy hitters and high-energy artists of the nationally known and local variety, including Diplo, Borgore,
Getting There: Big Surf is on McClintock Drive just north of the Loop 202 freeway in Tempe. The closest light rail station is almost two miles away, which means you’ll have to take an Uber, Lyft, or old-fashioned taxi the rest of the way. Essentially, it's easiest to drive or carpool to the event. Parking is available for $10 per vehicle.
Weather: It'll be sunny and warm during the daytime, but you probably won't be melting. As a matter of fact, temperatures will be in the high 70s and low 80s in the afternoon and a bit chilly after dark. Plan on bringing a hoodie and/or a dry pair of clothes to change into later.
Food and Drinks: If you’re hungry for pizza, hamburgers, hot dogs, or snacks both salty and sweet, Big Surf has a concession stand smack-dab in the middle of the park. They also serve soft drinks and have vending machines dotting the premises. If you want something a bit harder to imbibe, a full-service bar will be available at the event.
Don’t Bring: Be sure to deep-six any illegal substances (read: drugs) or items (read: weapons) you might consider bringing. The same goes for laser pointers, e-cigs, eyedrops, camping gear, oversize bags, liquid makeup, outside food or drinks, chains, or something that could be considered disruptive or dangerous.
Oh, and you’ll also have to leave any LED gloves, microlight devices, pacifiers, and masks at home. Sorry, ravers.
Lockers: Big Surf has tons of 'em at the front of the park. You can pre-purchase lockers for $15 online, which covers the entire day. And since there's absolutely no re-entry to the event, you'll want to stuff all your, um, stuff in
Schedule and Set Times: the beats will begin bumping an hour after gates open at 11 a.m. Here's the complete schedule of performers for both stages at Wet Electric 2017.
1 p.m.: Bijou
2:10 p.m.: Yookie
3:30 p.m.: Anna Lunoe
4:50 p.m.: Audien
6:10 p.m.: Borgore
7:30 p.m.: Diplo
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RB Deep Takeover Stage
Noon: Sean Watson
1:30 p.m.: Gerry Gonza
2:45 p.m.: Jimmy Edgar
4 p.m.: Wax Motif
5:15 p.m.: Kill Frenzy
6:30 p.m.: AC Slater
7:45 p.m.: Justin Jay
After-Party: If you want to keep things going once Wet Electric wraps up for the evening, Justin Jay’s Fantastic Voyage dance party at Shady Park in Tempe is being promoted as the official after-party. The house music DJ will headline the event, which kicks off at 9 p.m. and will also feature performances by Josh Taylor, Sam Von Horn, and Benny Bridges. Tickets are $20 to $30.
Editor's note: This post has been updated since it's original publication with schedule info.