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Neon Desert Music Festival lineup includes Grammy winner and nominees

By: Melissa Gundersen
EL PASO, Texas -- Come this spring, tens of thousands of people will pack the streets of downtown El Paso to jam out to top-charting artists for the fourth Neon Desert Music Festival.

This years lineup has been announced and headliners include Grammy winner Zedd and Grammy nominees Wiz Khalifa, MGMT and Capital Cities.

Other acts include Panteon Rococo, the Bloody Beetroots, Hello Seahorse, ASAP Ferg, Crystal Fighters, Classixx, Aaron, Behrens and the Midnight Stroll, GTA, Purity Ring DJ Set, Tory Lanez, French Horn, Rebellion, Hey Champ., The D.A. and Bulletproof Tiger. 

A couple of my friends are going this year and I was planning on going with them, said Isaac Loyd of east El Paso.
 
This will be Loyds first year going to Neon Desert. He said hes very impressed with the lineup, because with about 40 well-known and local artists set to perform, there seems to be a little something for everyone.
 
Its nice to have big names come here because people hear about it and they come here, said Loyd.
 
Event coordinator Patrick McNeil said hes hoping to draw in the biggest crowd so far. 
 
In prior years, we've been averaging about 10-12,000 people over one day. This year we're shooting for 25-30,000 people over two days, said McNeil.
 
While most fans are coming from a driving distance away, McNeil said, As far as I know, someone came from Alaska the first year.
 
Book now because it's a first-come first-serve and we definitely are expecting to sell out, said Lynn Dornau, the Doubletree Hotel sales and marketing director.
 
Dornau said while Neon Desert weekend is always a big time for the hotel industry, this year she is expecting to see an even bigger boom in business because the festival is going from one night of music to two nights.
 
Dornau said with an event this big, it takes a lot of preparing.
 
Security, making sure that we're appropriately staffed so we can serve all the guests that come in, said Dornau. 
 
The festival is Saturday, May 24, and Sunday, May 25, from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. both days. Dornau does expect some tired fans to walk into the hotel after the show, but whether there will be room will depend on what's left.
 
The price of tickets for the event has gone up to $75 for a two-day general admission pass or $250 for VIP access pass.  General admission tickets are available at all Western Beverages locations in El Paso.  If someone is looking to get VIP passes, though, they can order them at neondesertmusicfestival.com.

Organizers said they are working to expand the number of locations people can go to buy tickets.
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