EDM

Close Encounters with EDM at Phoenix Lights 2017

  • Silly rabbits.
  • Yes, it's still hoodie weather.
  • Pizza in the morning. Pizza in the evening. Pizza all over your clothes.
  • Living in the moment.
  • A colorfully dressed dancer performs onstage at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Teenage mutant ninja cowboy.
  • Made in the shades.
  • James "Mr. JPatt" Patterson of The Knocks.
  • Ben "B-Roc" Ruttner and James "Mr. JPatt" Patterson of The Knocks.
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  • A colorfully dressed dancer performs onstage at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Just chillin' by one of the outdoor stages at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Just chillin' by one of the outdoor stages at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Yep, the gang's all here.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Australian-born DJ/producer Thomas Jack performs at Phoenix Lights.
  • You still owe us a couple of bucks, bruh.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • We don't think it'll go over as well as "Netflix and Chill."
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  • We're pretty sure that half the festival is in this photo.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Pasties of every shape and size were at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • You'll want to open your third eye at EDM festivals.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Don't get burned, bruh.
  • He's from out of town. Way out of town.
  • Color-coordinated outfits FTW.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Stay gold, y'all.
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  • When you want to show your support for multiple DJs at once.
  • Bead boys.
  • She's sparkly.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Masks are both functional and stylish.
  • No, that's not true. That's impossible.
  • Something wrong?
  • His shirt is better than your entire Pokedex in Pokemon Go.
  • Is that April the giraffe?
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
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  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Those are some sick goggles, yo.
  • Getting in some, ahem, adventure time at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Meow.
  • Kandi kids exchanging kandi.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Y'all are perfectly dressed to be at an EDM festival.
  • She ain't going to let a leg injury slow her roll.
  • Take your protein pills and put your helmet on.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
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  • Looking swole and swell.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • We always dig the totems and signs people bring to EDM festivals.
  • Awaiting transport from the mothership.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Tongues and grooves.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • We like your moxy, fellas.
  • Paws for a photo.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
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  • TK 421, why aren't you at your post?
  • So how many licks does it take?
  • Greetings from Zeta Reticuli.
  • Optimus Prime in his off hours.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Murals make great backgrounds for photos.
  • Nice necklace.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
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  • Everyone needs a unicorn for a best friend.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Nanu nanu!
  • Colorful attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Colorful attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
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  • Spotted in the crowd at Phoenix Lights.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
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  • Sassy and sparkly.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Kandi kids at sunset.
  • Totes adorbs.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Great, all you need is some unity and respect.
  • Beware of land sharks.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • We could make a joke about "getting lei'd," but that's beneath us.
  • Friends gathered together at sunset during Phoenix Lights 2017.
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  • Friends gathered together at sunset during Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Show me what you got.
  • Friends gathered together at sunset during Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • 'Murica.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Spotted in the crowd at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Spotted in the crowd at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Checking out the Invasion Stage at Phoenix Lights.
  • Spotted in the crowd at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Spotted in the crowd at Phoenix Lights 2017.
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  • Spotted in the crowd at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • The crowd at the Mothership Stage at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Hanging out in the crowd at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • It's a walking rave.
  • Chinese-born dance music artist ZHU performs at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Helping add some lights to Phoenix Lights.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Showing off some spunk.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
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  • She's a colorful gal.
  • Spotted in the crowd at Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Checking out the Mothership Stage with a friend.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Thanks for posing.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • That's a lot of kandi, sir.
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  • Unidentified flying kandi.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
  • They're here ... for your pizza.
  • Attendees of Phoenix Lights 2017.
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Benjamin Leatherman
Silly rabbits.
A last-minute change of venue couldn’t dampen the energy and atmosphere of Phoenix Lights 2017, one of the Valley’s biggest electronic dance music festivals of the year. Just ask the folks from Relentless Beats, the local promoter behind the event, who spent a busy 48 hours moving the festival from its original location at Margaret T. Hance Park to Rawhide Event Center in Chandler, or the thousands of EDM fans who flocked to the festival on Saturday, April 8, and Sunday, April 9, for the two-day event, which featured a slew of high-profile DJs, producers, and dance music artists. Photos by Benjamin Leatherman