Inclusive, inviting, and impressive. Three words I would use to describe my experience for this past weekend at DUSK Music Festival. Relentless Beats continues to amaze me and their following with their tenacious hard work to curate such a special 2-day music, culinary & arts festival. I appreciated all the small details that went into the festival as well as the murals of all the artists attending. DUSK spared no expense when it came to the stages, vendors, and hang-out areas for the attendees.

Location

DUSK calls Jácome Plaza home for the weekend of November 13th and 14th. This unique location showcases Downtown Tucson and mixes in the nightlife excitement. DUSK has the production of a big festival and has the intimate feel of a block party. They were able to transform this downtown area into the perfect venue. Jácome Plaza held three stages, various art installations, and over thirty vendors for some of the best food and drink – including some crowd favorites that are local to Tucson. I enjoyed how organized and open this space was. No area felt crowded and I appreciated the relaxed and fun atmosphere Relentless Beats was able to create out of this quaint location. There was plenty of street and garage parking in the surrounding areas and entry to the festival was easy to find.

Lineup

DUSK had three superb stages with a wide variety of music. Anywhere from EDM to Rock to R&B and Soul. Headliners included Diplo, Jimmy Eat World, Porter Robinson, and Grouplove.

Starting off the festival to get the crowd going were some local Arizona favorites including the musical styling of McWhite B2B Rare, Shifty, and battle of the band winners, The Basements!

To name a few more artists that took the main stages: Duke Dumont, SG Lewis, John Summit, Tank, and The Bangas. Yolanda Be Cool, STRFKR, Justin Martin, Mob Rich, Pauline Herr, Sage Armstrong, and many more were also able to show their talents throughout the weekend amongst the stages.

Food & Drink

DUSK partnered with Tucson Foodie to bring you a food and drink spread that definitely did not disappoint. Some participants included Gastronomic Union of Tucson (GUT), Dante’s Fire, Culinary Dropout, and Zinburger. There were also local favorites like Empire Pizza, Rollies Mexican Patio, and Jake’s Donuts & Treat Trolley. There were also plenty of drink sponsors that included Smirnoff Vodka, Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, and DonJulio.

Another aspect that I loved about this festival is that there were themed craft cocktails related to some of the headlining artists. For example, I was able to enjoy the Tongue Tied which consisted of Smirnoff Vodka, vanilla, cranberry, and lime. To name a couple other cocktails, there was the Turn Back Time which featured Bulleit Frontier Whiskey, gingerbread, apple, lemon and the Alter Ego that was made up of DonJulio Blanco Tequila, cinnamon, pineapple, and lime.

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Art Installations & Vendors

Tucson ARTS included live art, video projection, digital art, and grand sculptures. In addition, there were mesmerizing lighting displays that showed all throughout the Jácome Plaza Festival grounds and downtown Tucson. Additional outdoor activities included Tucson PLAYS featuring a variety of outdoor backyard games and classic arcade games from partner Cobra Arcade Tucson. Tucson SHOPS market had a variety of vendors for all your shopping needs. The infamous greenroom also made it’s return! They provided a professional, positive, and fun interactive space for festival attendees to learn about Arizona’s medical and adult-use cannabis programs.

Photos by Alexander Peet

I would definitely recommend any of my fellow festival lovers to attend DUSK Music Festival. I am looking forward to all the new and exciting things Relentless Beats has in store for us in the future. This was a very memorable weekend and I can’t wait to attend again next year. Be sure to follow all of DUSK’s socials below for updates and the official afterparty movie that will be coming out soon!

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