With all of the east coast music festival lineups being announced and Coachella fast approaching, Arizonans can’t help but feel left out due to the lack of live music and popular bands right here in the valley. You would think that the weather and ability to host shows outdoors would attract crowds and make Arizona one of the hotspots for festivals, but Phoenix is so isolated from the rest of the country that most artists don’t want to make the trip down south.
That’s all going to change come Friday, March 7th when Viva Phoenix rolls into Downtown Phoenix. One of the only music festivals in Phoenix so far this year, Viva Phoenix is an event hosted by thirteen different venues in metro Phoenix featuring over 50 bands, with genres ranging from the alternative-rock sound of bands like The Neighbourhood with their hit “Sweater Weather”, to the infamous Sir Mix-A-Lot of “Baby Got Back” fame. The lineup will also have quite a few local bands from all across Arizona. The event promoters will be announcing more bands in the coming weeks on their website.
The thirteen venues are all located in Downtown Phoenix and include some of the most well-known places in Arizona, including Crescent Ballroom, Cityscape, and the Hard Rock Café. Six of the thirteen venues have a 21+ age restriction so that everyone remains responsible and safe during this event.
The official schedule and map for the festival will be available on February 7th on the event's website, where you can also purchase tickets. Right now, $15 gets you a wristband that will allow you into all of the venues throughout the night, but prices are likely to increase the closer the date gets. Express Passes are also available for $30, and they include priority access for each venue with limited wait times, so if there’s a band you’re dying to see, that might be worth the splurge! Doors open at 6 PM and the shows start at 7, and specific times will be listed in the schedule when it is released. Festivals are a rarity here in Arizona, so get your tickets to Viva Phoenix before they’re gone!