Sunset Music Festival lineup: Zedd, Hardwell, Krewella, Benny Benassi, more coming to Raymond James Stadium in Tampa
What will happen when the Sunset Music Festival extends from one to two days this spring, potentially bringing more than 40,000 candy-colored ravers to Raymond James Stadium over the course of Memorial Day weekend?
It’s anyone’s guess. But on Wednesday, we finally got a look at the lineup for Tampa’s premiere electronic music festival, and it’ll include some of the biggest names in EDM.
Pop crossover hitmaker Zedd (Stay The Night, Clarity) and Dutch house DJ Hardwell -- who last year was named the world's best DJ by DJ Mag -- will headline the two-day affair, May 24-25 at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Other big names include Krewella (Alive), Benny Benassi (Cinema), The Crystal Method (Busy Child), DJ Snake (Turn Down For What), Aly & Fila, Headhunterz, Borgore, Cash Cash, Dirtyphonics, W&W, Tommy Trash, Treasure Fingers and Zomboy. In all, nearly 50 artists will perform at the festival, including at least a dozen of DJ Mag's Top 100 DJs.
Sunset has not announced the full schedule, but Zedd and Benassi will headline on Saturday, May 24, and Hardwell, above, and Krewella will headline on Sunday, May 25. Click here for the full schedule.
Last year’s Sunset drew some 22,000 fans to three stages outside RayJay for sets by DJs like David Guetta, Knife Party and Steve Aoki. As we wrote then: “New music festivals seem to pop up every few months in Tampa Bay, but none do a better job than Sunset of capturing (for better and worse) the surreal spectacle and anything-goes hedonism of, say, Coachella or Bonnaroo. To call it merely a concert misses the point entirely — it is the only day of the year when Ybor City’s club kids can come out in the daylight, to peacock proudly in various degrees of undress, mindlessly dancing with finger guns blazing in the sky.”
One thing everyone hopes is that we don’t see anything remotely close to a repeat of this year’s Ultra Music Festival, one of the world’s premiere EDM everts, held last weekend in Miami. Dozens of fans and workers were arrested and/or treated for injuries over the course of the three-day event, including a security guard who was trampled when ticketless fans rushed the gate on March 28. “I think we should not have Ultra next year here,” said Miami Mayor Tomas Regalado, according to Rolling Stone. “This incident should never have happened.”
Two-day tickets for the Sunset Music Festival are now on sale for $114 (general admission) or $199 (VIP). Click here to get them, and for more info on this year’s festival.
-- Jay Cridlin, tbt*