Sound Wave Music Festival

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Country and Region United StatesArizona
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Tempe, Arizona, USA
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Festival Description

The electronic dance music festival scene is growing by leaps and bounds each year and the Sound Wave explosiion is an example of the popularity of the EDM craze. World renowed DJs are in high demand to fill the spots on these festivals and Sound Wave is swooping them up for their event in Tempe. Check out the web site to learn about the festival's DJ competition.

Festival Dates September 29, 2012
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Festival Story:

Festival recap 2012:
  • The third Sound Wave music festival, held by Steve LeVine Entertainment & Public Relations (SLE) and Disco Donnie Presents (DDP), broke the event’s all-time attendance record with nearly 10,000 people attending last night’s electronic music festival at Big Surf Waterpark in Tempe, AZ.
    Sound Wave music festival featured three stages, state-of-the-art event production and live art exhibits, all within the setting of a functioning water park. Sound Wave was the first of its kind in Arizona, each time hosting over 20 international, national and local DJs.
    This year featured the addition of Red Bull Thre3Style MASSIVE to Sound Wave, which brought high energy all night featuring artists Z-Trip, Figure, Switch, Felix Cartal, Designer Drugs, Dub FX, D-JR & Fashen, M2, Dynamix, Tricky T & Jen Deveroux, Red Bull Thre3Style University winner, DJ Mane One, and surprise special guest Talib Kweli.
    The Red Bull MXT in Bora Bora Bay, a one-of-a-kind mobile DJ booth, showcased local turntable tacticians 40 Ford, DJ Munition, EM Boys, Luke Romero, MCB, Silent J, Thomas James and Trapzillas.
    The Waikiki Beach stage rested inside one of the world’s largest wave pools, and featured artists R3hab, Adventure Club, Crizzly, Seven Lions, Burns, DJ Soloman, Moxxy, Will Power and Sound Wave opening DJ contest winner, De-Noize.
    The night closed out with headliner, quadruple-platinum selling progressive house DJ and producer, Calvin Harris playing a mashup of, “You Used to Hold Me” and “Quasar” on the Waikiki Beach stage to thousands of fans.
    “We had record attendance today for the third Sound Wave and I couldn’t be happier,” said Steve LeVine, SLE’s Chief Entertainment Officer. “Being able to put on a fun, safe, music festival for electronic dance music fans in Arizona has always been my vision for this event. It’s a great experience to be able to share this passion with my entire team as well as my partner Disco Donnie Presents. I am proud of what this event has become and look forward to riding the wave again soon.”
    A portion of the proceeds for the event will benefit Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Arizona, which helps Arizona Youth realize their full potential in life by carefully matching them with adults who can become friends and mentors.


Festival Events:

Lineup 2012:
  • Calvin Harris
  • R3hab
  • Adventure Club
  • Grizzly
  • Seven Lions
  • Burns
  • and more…


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  • R3hab and Other EDM Artists Announced for September’s Sound Wave Music Festival, by Benjamin Leatherman (Phoenix New Times, August 16, 2012)


Practical Info:

  • Big Surf
    • 1500 N. McClintock Drive
      Tempe, Arizona
  • Hours
    • 2:00pm to 12:00am
  • Age
    • 18+ to enter
    • 21+ to be served alcohol


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