Published on April 14th, 2017 | by gatsbyadmin
Phoenix Lights 2017
The third annual Phoenix Lights, a two day event held on April 8th-9th, was actually almost cancelled at the last minute due to unforeseen circumstances! Two days prior to the show, the venue was changed to Rawhide Event Center instead of Hance Park. In response, Relentless Beats offered everyone free parking or rides on a shuttle from downtown. Prior to the show, online (of course) there was an uproar of people who were upset due to the fact that many were coming from out of town, and had booked their hotels/travel plans near Hance Park. However, once everyone arrived, there was nothing but smiles and glitter. The dust was settled… well, only metaphorically speaking, since we were at Rawhide, after all!
Walking up to Phoenix Lights was brutal… It was scorching hot, as we made our way through security checkpoints. Immediately our group beelined towards the inside area, where we were immediately relieved. We glanced around to get familiar with this years setup when one totem instantly caught our eyes, as it read, “Chandler Lights” instead of Phoenix lights, in a sarcastic response to the last minute venue change.
There were many amazing artists over the two day span, such as Above & Beyond, Alesso, Tiesto, 21 Savage, Griz, STS9, Vince Staples, Zeds Dead, ZHU, Bro Safari, Cashmere Cat, Illenium, Justin Martin, Keys N Krates, Lane 8, Oliver Heldens, Pete Tong, Tchami, Thomas Jack, Tiga, and many more! You already know that the headliners deserve to be in the spotlight, so it is noteworthy to mention a couple artists who really stuck out, that you may not have heard of before. Asadi was jamming out as he hyped up the crowd with his Persian trap music, and incorporating throwbacks from Blink 182, Fall Out Boy and even Coheed and Cambria. Said the Sky, was dope as well, and had a great percussionist!
At one point, some kids next to us were tripping out on some diffraction glasses. They were all laughing as they passed them around for others to try on. We also noticed that there was actually an arcade setup in the corner, hosted by Cobra Arcade. This was the first time we saw this combination of arcade games and live music, and we hope it is not the last!
After we have been dancing for what felt like eternity, we built up an appetite and ended up at this food booth, called The Spot. Ironically, we saw Dr. Fresch whipping up some waffles with a lucky fan! It just so happens that Phoenix Light and The Spot partnered up. So, We watched him make a few plates of some delicious food, until we started drooling for some ourselves. After that, we continued to enjoy the festival, the fashion, and many free the nipple statements.
There is one thing we can all agree on, is that when you’re at a festival, you can’t see everything that happens! Apparently, after viewing highlights after the festival, we stumbled upon various video clips of a streaker running around, punching security guards who tried to rain on his parade. Rumors are, that he also decided to stop and take a dump on the grass for literal shits and giggles.
Overall, there was no better way to spend the weekend. We’re so thankful for all the beautiful people, great music and good vibes at Phoenix Lights! It was beyond incredible and we can’t wait until next year! #TheLightsReturn
Written & photos by: Gino Calles @gdank