Some students enjoyed Neon Desert Music Festival

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This past Memorial Day weekend, Cleveland Square Park held one of the El Paso’s biggest parties, as people came for the 6th annual Neon Desert Music Festival. The Downtown streets were packed with art, music, and food as a record high of visitors from all over the region came to see artists such as Future, Tyler, the Creator, Tory Lanez, A$AP Ferg, and the Deftones.

Last year’s festival attracted approximately 45,000 people over a three-day span, but despite this year only lasting two days, it brought in a record high of almost 60,000 music-goers. Many of those included our students from Bel Air who went out to experience the atmosphere themselves. For some, it was not their first rodeo, so they knew more or less what to expect, but for others, it was a whole new world.

It was senior Lanneya Trujillo’s first year at the festival, and besides the slight discomfort she experienced in the beginning, she learned how to have a good time.

Trujillo said, “I felt a little awkward when we all first got there because I guess I expected it to be different, but I ended up having so much fun.”

Saturday’s headliners included the world famous rapper—and probably the most anticipated artist of the weekend—Future. The artist attracted a crowd of over 16,000 visitors.

“I was determined to be in the front when Future came on,” senior Alex Magallanes said. “His show was so crazy, but the crowd was so rowdy.”

Regardless of the capricious crowd, there were still many other activities to occupy and entertain the public. Amenities such as the Hydration Station, the Whataburger Hang Zone, EPEC Re-Charge Zones, live art, medical stations and several options for food like food trucks, Whataburger, Crave, and many others.

Fans enjoyed performances by Tyler, the Creator, who played his songs Tamale, IFHY, Tron Cat, and Yonkers. Fans were also pleasantly surprised when DJ Carnage brought out special guest, Lil Uzi Vert. Not only that, but visitors were able to enjoy the newly remodeled San Jacinto Plaza.

“The amount of people that showed up was crazy,” Trujillo said. “It was so diverse, and after this year, I am already looking forward to next year’s.”

By Alyssa Lanahan

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