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Get ready for the eighth annual Neon Desert Music Festival

Special to The Prospector

Going into its eighth year, Neon Desert Music Festival is coming back bigger and better than ever before. Since its genesis in 2011, the event’s multiple stages offer a variety of great music by placing local artists alongside top international acts.

Past festival performers included the sounds of Tiësto, Future, J. Cole, Hardwell, Daddy Yankee, J.Balvin, Zoé, Mon Laferte, Mala Rodríquez, G-Eazy, Migos, Wiz Khalifa, Foster The People, and El Paso’s own Khalid. The balance between discovering new music and enjoying today’s hits is found during Memorial Day weekend in the heart of downtown El Paso.

The factor that differentiates this festival from any other around Texas is the strong local presence that it brings. Catering to its host city, Neon Desert is a creative outlet for El Pasoans by El Pasoans.

Neon not only allows extremely talented musicians to dominate its stages, but also includes a dedicated stage for local artists in the San Jacinto Square, as well as a skate ramp, pro wrestling, numerous live art installations, and more.

This multi-day event also welcomes plenty of local food vendors and merchants to check out and purchase from, to provide festival-goers with a unique venue experience.

The full music lineup will be announced this spring in the months leading up to the 26th and 27th of May. Neon Desert has cumulatively hosted over 170,000 attendees, with over 40,000 music fans joining last year’s two-day celebration.

With 15 blocks of downtown El Paso reserved, this west Texas music festival is sure to be one you will not want to miss.

To celebrate its return, Neon Desert has just released an early-bird pre-sale of a limited number of discount two-day GA passes for just $99, as well as J&K VIP tickets for $275 and J&K Platinum VIP tickets which cost $550.

VIP ticket holders will receive a variety of perks, including re-entry to the festival, a dedicated VIP-only entrance and exit, complimentary drinks throughout the entirety of the festival, complimentary dinner each night, and official Neon Desert merch. Platinum VIP passes include all of the regular VIP perks in addition to exclusive access to a main stage viewing deck, special Platinum VIP area, and more.

Fans interested in buying passes are encouraged to act fast, as these pre-sale tickets are in limited supply and the price of tickets will rise as the festival nears.

For more information, visit the Neon Desert website.

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