Elan Vital Media | Neon Desert Music Festival 2018
Neon Desert Music Festival Coverage for 2018 by David Davis
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Neon Desert Music Festival


Saturday kicked off El Paso’s eighth annual Neon Desert Musical Festival. Thousands came from not just all over the city, but all around the region, and the nation. Festival goers braved the heat and came out boasting their most creative festival fashions to enjoy art, food and music that spanned across multiple genres.


For sneaker heads, a Kickpin pop-up store was available and frequently visited by festival goers. The young owners and entrepreneurs behind Kickpin were in attendance and enjoyed interacting with their customers at the festival. NFL running back Aaron Jones stopped to visit with the Frank brothers and other fans as well.


El Pasoans were treated to local celebrities both on and off the stage. At the Drive in put on a crowd-pleasing performance for its hometown. Gucci Mane, who’s opening act was El Paso’s very own local artist Evander Griim, had fans raving at his performance.


Music fans also experienced the musical stylings of artists like Lil Wayne and Third Eye Blind. Adding to the diversity of the musical line up were Playboi Carti and Great Shapes. With over 30k people in attendance, the festival packed the streets for almost every performance. They came out strong to support local talent and local businesses. Festival goers enjoyed food from from many vendors on the festival grounds as well as many surrounding downtown restaurants. Some decided to beat the heat by taking a dip in the pool at Hotel Indigo.


What started 8 years ago as a small taste of the festival scene here in El Paso has transformed into one of the most popular festivals in the Southwest. Neon Desert attracts people by the thousands every year. Now as El Paso’s festival season draws to a close, we wait with excitement and anticipation to what’s in store for 2019.



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