Ascarate Park will once again morph into a dance floor for the area’s biggest rave this weekend, and Sun City Music Festival organizers say they’re bringing some of the best electronic dance music the world has to offer. SMG Events and Disco Donnie Presents have made this the granddaddy of festivals in the Southwest.
This year’s lineup is arguably the most diverse one since the festival’s inception. Marshmello returns as Saturday night’s headliner while trance nation favorites Above & Beyond will close the festival on the main stage on Sunday. Recently, Marshmello collaborated with one of El Paso’s pride and joys, MTV Video Music Award-winning R&B artist Khalid. Their song “Silence” debuted at No. 42 on Billboard’s Hot 100, and according to Billboard’s site, it earned “the highest ranking debut of any song on the chart” on Tuesday, Aug. 22.
Other festival favorites joining the stage include Shaun Frank, Dirty South, Don Diablo, Malaa, Tchami and NGHTMRE.
Tyler Marenyi, aka NGHTMRE, said he loves coming to Texas and New Mexico
“The fans are insane – totally crazy,” Marenyi said. “Thank you, El Paso, for always welcoming me. I have some more surprises for you, especially some new music.”
The Midnight Oasis stage is also jam packed with EDM darlings like Getter, Rezz, Borgore and Seven Lions. Seven Lions will close out Saturday night, while Borgore will close on Sunday night. Seven Lions is gearing up to tour with Tritonal and Kill the Noise in October, but he said that for now, he’s pumped to perform in El Paso this weekend.
“Sun City is one of my favorite festivals,” said Jeff Montalvo, aka Seven Lions. “Last year, I played an early set because I was playing a later set at another festival on the same day. So this year, I got a better set time – a proper time. Be ready, El Paso!”
The festival is also partnering with Disco Donnie’s positivity campaign called Celebrate Together(ness). Creating an online hub of good vibes, fans can nominate their friends who possess what’s known in the EDM world as PLUR – peace, love, unity and respect. After submitting a friend’s photo and story at the web address , that friend can win a VIP package that includes tickets to the Something Wicked festival in Houston along with a hotel booking and dinner.
SCMF has another special treat this year: the legendary Sasha & John Digweed will play a three-hour set on Saturday night on the Beatport Stage beginning at 11 p.m. That stage is sure to get house and techno heads a lot of what they like with none other than Nicole Moudaber, who will close out Sunday night’s dance party along with Steve Lawler, Sam Paganini, Guy J, Andre C and Guy Mantzur.
From their track selection to their technical prowess behind the decks, a Sasha & John Digweed show has become a must-see-and-listen experience.
“We’re just trying to deliver the best set possible for each crowd,” wrote Sasha & Digweed over an e-mail. “We have years of experience between us, so combined, it makes the gigs very special.”
The trajectory of their careers span more than three decades and in this ever-evolving industry, there is something to be said about that. The alchemy that occurs when they perform together is unsurpassed and is a tribute to their professionalism and consistency.
“No idea why this works; nothing is ever planned we just get up and do our thing. I guess that’s why it works, as it’s organic,” wrote the duo. “The key to longevity is consistency; if you deliver for your fans every time, they will always come back.”
The two wanted to leave festivalgoers with one last message:
“El Paso, we want the dance floor to be full and rocking with like-minded people with plenty of energy and positive vibes. Get ready for good quality underground electronic house music.”