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Headliner Hardwell, Canadian Duo Zeds Dead And Phoenix First-Timer Lane 8 Will Bring The Beats To Civic Space Park This Saturday For An Extraterrestrially-Inspired Outdoor Extravaganza

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By Heather Traficano
Special for Modern Times Magazine

March 20, 2015 — Inspired by one of the greatest extraterrestrial events to occur in history, the Phoenix Lights Festival is bringing some of the top DJs on the planet to Civic Space Park, 424 N. Central Ave., Phoenix, this Sunday.

Scheduled to headline is two-time No. 1 DJ — and current No. 7— Hardwell, along with the Canadian duo of Zeds Dead, and a Phoenix first timer, Lane 8, plus many more chart topping artists, including Jauz, Kill the Buzz, Route 94, Kill Frenzy, Second City and more.

According to Phoenix Lights Festival founder Jarid Dietrich, when the process of the festival began, the intentions were clear — no factor would be unconsidered and no type of music unheard.

“Our vision has always been to expand into as many genres of music as possible,” said Dietrich. “There's so much this market has to offer musically that we want to always be innovating and providing music fans an outlet to interact with their favorite artists in a unique setting. Phoenix Lights came up when we started exploring a partnership with Relentless Beats. Those guys are seriously awesome and really lead the dance music scene in the market. One of our main philosophies is always to work with the best most talented people around in order to produce the best product.”

For many of those in attendance, this will be their first music festival, and as a first time performer in the Phoenix metro, Lane 8 can relate to the excitement and nervousness of a debut.

“I'm really excited to play for the first time in Phoenix this month.” says Lane. “I'm working on a very long EP, which some people might refer to as an album. I've been playing several of the tracks in my sets recently and they are getting an awesome reaction, so I'm very excited to get the final product out there.”

Tickets for general admission are currently $65 (plus fees), while VIP tickets are available for $99 (plus fees) with access to private VIP area, express entry, and commemorative lanyard. Doors open at 2 p.m. and performances will begin at 3 p.m.

Also happening is the Phoenix Lights official after party at Monarch Theatre, 122 E. Washington St., Phoenix, from 10 p.m. to 2 a.m., led by Zeds Dead, Kill Frenzy, and Phoenix's own DJ BIJOU, available for $20 (plus fees) with a Phoenix Lights festival ticket. Both shows are only available to those 18 and older.

Dietrich said due to all of those who have helped with Phoenix Lights Festival, he hopes it will set a high bar for other events to follow.

"Do. Or do not. There is no try. People will try to stop you from chasing a dream, including yourself at times, the key is never quitting and staying true to what you set out to create,” Dietrich said.

Heather Traficano is a freelance writer.
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