Sun City Music Festival Review

| September 11, 2016

Loud cheers, a hundred degrees, sweaty bodies, and vibrant souls; the Ascarate Park in El Paso, Texas brought all those qualities at the 6th annual two-day Sun City Music Festival.

The festival’s name says it all. The hot temperature made it important to stay hydrated. The home of the "loudest crowd" made it one for the books. My crew and I were welcomed to the Wild Wild West and ready for the bright weekend ahead.

After the journey of arriving and being in line with thousands of other people who were
excited and bursting with good vibes, we finally made it in! Sun City featured three stages- Sun City, Midnight Oasis and the Beatport Stage. It featured trap, house, techno, bass and everything in between. You never stop hearing thumpin' beats from a variety of DJs the whole time you're there.

Just when I thought it couldn’t get any better, I encountered The Maze location. This room was around 65 degrees, pitch black, and would light up with neon colors and
black lights. I was given 3D glasses before entrance and it feel like I was in another
galaxy. Towards the end of the maze, there was this curtain you go through that made it seem like you were going to fall off the surface. I’m not going to lie, it confused me into almost believing it.

From being there 5pm until 2am in the heat, people need a place to relax! The big tent in middle of the festival is where people enjoyed the shade, and was a great location to meet up with other friends, relax on pallets with heavenly pillows on them, or just to go get some of the best food I’ve experienced at any festival.

I'm not talking about the regular food options of pizza and burgers that you find at any festival. What can you expect in a border city to Mexico? Mexican food, duh! Delicious fresh tacos, tortas (mexican sandwiches), elotes en vaso (corn in cup), accompanied with fresh lemonade and lots of fruit stands. The pleasing aroma from all the food made it difficult to walk from one stage to another without stopping.

DJs from all over the world claim that Sun City has the loudest crowd. This line up was one of my favorites because it delivered marvelous performances and a positive feel. The first day’s headliners included Seven Lions, The Chainsmokers and Grammy Award winner, Skrillex.

The following day was filled with a great lineup as well including Jauz,
Marshmallo, Galantis, Josh Wink, Anna, Zombie, Snails, Bro Safari, Wewik and the one and only Kaskade. The good vibes I felt at the Beatport Stage surprised me following techno artist Loco Dice dropping the best set.

My favorite DJ, Kaskade played a set that would take you into a roller coaster of feelings. They don't call it the loudest crowd for a reason, Sun City Music Festival gave me memories that I will hold onto dearly; the radiant lights, the great line-up, food, and good vibes made this festival one for the books. SCMF plans to return next Labor Day weekend and I will be there.

about the writer

Lacy Bursick

Lacy Bursick

Read More...Lacy Bursick is a Colorado resident who enjoys traveling, hula hooping and hiking with her dog.

She grew up in the Midwest and became passionate for the music scene doing concert photography and reviews while in college at Ball State University.

Her favorite festivals are Electric Forest and Hulaween because of all the interactive art and variety in music.

She loves everything from jam bands, deep house, to dubstep. You can find her at a Bassnectar show dancing with her friends.

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