First of all, Neon was a success this year! I think it was the most crowded that it has ever been! It was evident that everyone was enjoying themselves and the artists were enjoying themselves as well. It's always fun to see that interaction between the artist and the fans especially when they are both enjoying it.
It was nice to see different generations at the festival appreciating the same music. The art was phenomenal and the Neon Desert letters were done by Jellyfish Colectivo this year! Super original! The other artists present like Christin Apodaca, DCC, and Exist1981 were great as well. So lovely to know that El Paso has so much talent that deserves recognition!
Some of our local artists playing this year were The Chamanas, Nico and the Silent Films, Flamel, Volta, Kilo and the Dew, and many many more! I recommend that if you have not had a chance to see these locals, that you do. They need support as well.
Headliners that really pumped up the crowds were JBlavin, Migos, Khalid, Foster the People, Alesso, and Hardwell! It was crazy how people were pushing and shoving each other in order to get close or be able to see the stage. The only downside is that it's downtown and some buildings get in the way of the stage, other than that it's good. It definitely got claustrophobic at certain points.
Other events that went on while music played was Lucha libre, art, henna tattoos, a Silent Disco tent, food trucks, and different tents offering a myriad of things. The food trucks were great and I sure could not skip out on Crave's sweet potato fries with marshmallow sauce.
My only concern was that I don't understand why people need to get fucked up on drugs and alcohol in order to enjoy a festival. Music itself is euphoric enough. It was sad to see kids that are clearly not 21, just stumbling and under the influence.
If you have never been to Neon Desert I suggest that you at least go and support your local business and fellow citizens and enjoy the music and ambient.
All pictures below are provided by Daniel Alberto Martinez!!
His Instagram name is mota_muerte. Go add him and follow him! Thank you for it all!!