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8123 Fest, Crush, M3F, Innings, more


Local Maine rockers are set to host the first major music festival of the year in downtown Phoenix when the ever-growing 8123 Fest moves into its largest home yet in Margaret T. Hance Park.

And the festival season will be in full swing in early March, when M3F (or the festival formerly known as McDowell Mountain Music Festival) returns to Hance Park with Leon Bridges, Kaytranada, Jungle and many more participating in a tradition of the valley by raising funds for the locals. charities.

Here’s the scoop on all the music festivals we know of at this point, from Crush Arizona and Innings Fest to Country Thunder and a new one from Relentless Beats called Body Language.

Party 8123

Maine as they prepare to share the video for "Tights," their first release of 2021.

Delayed for a year by the pandemic, Maine’s third 8123 Fest will celebrate the 15th anniversary of the Tempe rockers with six days of events, January 19-24, including several shows and a themed afterparty. The main event is a multiband eruption at Margaret T. Hance Park in downtown Phoenix.

Maine will obviously be headlining, joined by State Champs, 3OH! 3, Tessa Violet, the Summer Set Reunited, Derek Sanders (of Mayday Parade), Beach Weather and John O’Callaghan of Maine doing a solo set as than John the Ghost. They will also have a local scene with This Wild Life, Breakup Shoes, Weathers, Doll Skin, the Color 8 and Sundressed.

Details: 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 22. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1218 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. $ 55 and more. 81-23.com.

Crush Arizona

Crush Arizona returns to Rawhide Event Center with Crystal Skies, Deorro, Herobust, Lucii, Taiki Nulight, Valentino Khan, Cafe Caderas and more to announce. This is the 12th year of the EDM Festival in the Phoenix Metro, presented by Relentless Beats and Insomniac as an anti-Hallmark Valentine event.

Details: 6 p.m. Saturday February 12. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Preserve. $ 55. 480-502-5600, relentlessbeats.com.

Sleeve Festival

Baseball-themed festival is definitely swinging for the fences this year with lineup topped by Foo Fighters and Tame Impala

The two-day event will feature 20 bands on two stages, including performances from War on Drugs, St. Vincent, Billy Strings, Black Pumas, Caamp, Fitz and the Tantrums, Dashboard Confessional and local rocker Sydney Sprague, as well as organized food vendors and baseball-related activities. My Morning Jacket was originally scheduled to perform but was discontinued “due to unforeseen logistical circumstances”.

Fans can look forward to many appearances from big names in Major League Baseball including Roger Clemens, Jake Peavy, Dave Stewart and Rick Sutcliffe, as well as the return of Off the Mound with Ryan Dempster, a talk show on spot featuring MLB players and musicians.

Details: 3 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, February 26-27. Tempe Beach Park, 80 W. Rio Salado Parkway. $ 105 per day; $ 159 for the weekend pass. inningsfestival.com.


In keeping with tradition, the festival formerly known as the McDowell Mountain Music Festival has brought together a wide range of talent. There’s EDM from Kaytranada, ZHU and Jungle, soul from Leon Bridges, jam rock from Spafford, Arizona, electro-pop from ARIZONA and hip-hop from Bryce Vine. Other highlights include Whethan, Elderbrook, Two Feet, Cautious Clay, Surf Mesa, Goth Babe, Bea Miller, and Franc Moody.

Designed as a team-building exercise for its producers, WESPAC Construction, the festival has raised $ 3.2 million for charities since its launch in 2004, including $ 1.1 million donated over the past two years. only.

Details: 1:30 p.m. Friday March 4; 1 p.m. on Saturday, March 5. Margaret T. Hance Park, 1218 N. 2nd St., Phoenix. $ 75 per day; $ 125 for the weekend pass. m3ffest.com.

Body language

This is the first year of this three-day festival designed to meet the growing demand for house, techno and underground music from the folks at RBDeep, a sub-brand of Relentless Beats. And it’s an amazing start with big names like Carl Cox, Boris Brejcha, Adam Beyer and Kaskade. Other acts announced so far include Dombresky b2b Noizu, Drezo, Eats Everything, Hannah Wants, Kasablanca, Kyle Watson, Malaa, RebÅ«ke, Shiba San, Sohmi, Teenage Mutants, Township Rebellion and Wax Motif.

Details: 3 p.m. Friday March 4 Sunday March 6. Rawhide, 5700 W. North Loop Road, Gila River Preserve. $ 229 for a weekend pass. 480-502-5600, relentlessbeats.com.

Glendale Folk and Heritage Festival

The 32nd annual Folk & Heritage Festival will continue celebrating folk music, history and culture in Sahuaro Ranch Historical Park. This free event will feature hundreds of artists from across the country sharing their talents through music, poetry, art and workshops. Details are scarce at this time, but we’ll update as more details are announced.

Details: Friday March 4, Sunday March 6. Sahuaro Ranch Park Historic Area, 9802 N. 59th Ave., Glendale. glendaleaz.com.

Ostrich festival

Country singer Walker Hayes is the only headliner announced so far for the 32nd annual Chandler Chamber Ostrich Festival, but the website promises more details “to come.”

Details: Friday March 11-Sunday March 13; From Thursday 17 to Sunday 20 March. Tumbleweed Park, 745 E. Germann Road, Chandler. $ 15 per day and more; March 11-13; $ 10 and more from March 17 to 20. ostrichfestival.com.

Thunder Country Arizona

Country Thunder Arizona has lined up some of the biggest stars in country music for 2022. Morgan Wallen, Blake Shelton, Florida Georgia Line and Riley Green are headlining the return of the four-day festival at Canyon Moon Ranch near Florence.

They are joined by Hardy, Gabby Barrett, Randy Houser, Chase Rice, Lindsay Ell, Michael Ray, Tracy Lawrence, Jameson Rogers, Blanco Brown, Sawyer Brown, James Barker Band, MacKenzie Porter and more artists to add closer to the date.

In a press release, Troy Vollhoffer, CEO of Country Thunder Music Festivals, said: “It has always been customary for us to start our festival in Arizona. It’s the perfect place to start on a high note – the weather is perfect, the fans are thrilled and it really sets the stage for another exciting year of music festivals. “

Details: From Thursday to Sunday April 7-10. Canyon Moon Ranch, 20585 E. Price Station, Florence. Weekend pass at $ 185. countrythunder.com/az.

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