Phoenix Lights 2018

Martin Garrix
Gucci Mane
Seven Lions
Boombox Cartel
Concert Date: 
Sat, 04/07/2018
Age Restriction: 
Rawhide Event Center, Chandler

Having been a 2-time veteran of the previous Phoenix Lights festivals, I thought I knew what to expect coming into this year’s installment.  Having arranged an interview with KANDY, one of my favorite up-and-coming trap, jersey, and club producers, I did my research, queued up my questions, prepared as I would with any festival (getting my camelbak, kandi, and sun-shade gear), and went to Day 1 with an open mind.


Deciding that I didn’t want to waste an hour waiting in line, anxious to see my favorite artists, I opted to arrive early, since I had a meeting for the media at Phoenix Lights.  After exiting the Wild Horse Pass exit off the I-10 E, I was impressed with the flow of cars and the overall organization of traffic leading into the venue. Parking turned out to be a breeze - from the exit of the freeway to walking into the festival took about 20 minutes.


Checking in and obtaining the wristband also was no issue, and security was pleasantly thorough in a timely manner.  After I got through the gates and walked toward the designated meeting point, I was greeted by the two awesome Mainstage and Invasion stage, and the most incredible surprise of all - GREEN GRASS, contributing to an almost Coachella mainstage like feel.  The food truck organization was also on point, with great local food choices like Eegees, El Jefe, and other stores, and a cute section of illuminated picnic tables to eat.

Before I made way into the crowds to enjoy the music, I had the pleasure of interviewing KANDY, a native New Yorker who blew me away with his genuine personality, avid love of music in general, and overall, amazing human being-ness.  I had the chance to snap a picture with him after the interview, but unfortunately, my phone was stolen at the end of Day 1, and with it, all my data and pictures of the weekend.

The rest of the weekend was an amazing sonic blur - we caught acts like Martin Garrix, Gucci Mane, Melvvin, Seven Lions, KANDY, Wuki, Metro Boomin, Diplo (who played an AWESOME amount of jersey club, my favorite genre), GTA (who had an amazing Latin influenced set), Boombox Cartel (who I have been DYING to see live for the longest time and still blew me away), and Goldfish, a breathtakingly impressive live duo.

If I were to give this experience a rating, I would definitely give it at least a 9/10.  Organization was on point, safety was never an issue, moving between stages was easy, and most of all, the production and planning seemed to be on par, effort wise, with Coachella, and better than established mini festivals like Hard Summer.  Go next year if you haven't planned to already.

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Richard Alex Wong