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Alison Wonderland, GRiZ and Younger the Big are coming to Jácome Plaza alongside 19 different acts dispersed throughout three levels for Tucson’s sixth annual Nightfall Music Competition on Nov. 11 and 12. 

This yr’s artist lineup options a number of genres together with various, indie, techno, dance and electronica, much like earlier Nightfall lineups. Final yr Grouplove, Porter Robinson, Jimmy Eat World and Diplo had been the headliners. 

Nightfall is presently Tucson’s largest music competition, though it’s not as large as different ones within the state comparable to Decadence Arizona and Goldrush Music Competition, two comparable EDM festivals, or the annual Nation Thunder Arizona competition in Florence, Arizona. 

However by way of expertise, what makes this multi-genre music occasion so interesting to well-known artists and customers is its degree of authenticity and intimacy.


“We’re a small city, a small boutique competition, however I feel we do loads of issues the suitable manner and attempt to ensure everyone has a good time and supply just a little one thing for everyone,” mentioned Web page Repp, Nightfall co-founder and competition director. 

The community-based competition options virtually all native distributors, eating places, performing and visible artists and companies. It presents alternatives to college students and native artisans to showcase their skills on a big and commissioned scale. 

A lot of the artwork installations are curated by college students by way of the competition’s partnership with the College of Arizona Faculty of Artwork’s 3D & Prolonged Media program. Nightfall additionally hosts a Battle of the Bands and DJ competitors which can be open to native artists. The winner earns a set on the Vantage West Credit score Union Discovery Stage. 

RELATED: Q&A: Phoenix indie band Breakup Sneakers to make Tucson debut at Nightfall

Native “LatinX” pop-rock band Tonight’s Sunshine secured themselves a set after they gained the 2022 competitors held at Resort Congress on Oct. 21, and Mason Leitstein, who goes by the stage title Nomadik, gained the DJ competitors on Oct. 22 at Light Ben’s.

“Giving these youngsters a chance to showcase themselves on this stage, that’s the factor I’m truly most proud about with the entire thing that we get to do,” Repp mentioned. “We simply love the town and love the area and wish to give again.” 

Different co-founders of Nightfall are UA alumni John Rallis, Steve Stratigouleas and Pete Turner, who grew up in Tucson. Phoenix native Repp has lived right here since 1992, which is likely one of the main causes that impressed them to start out Nightfall. Their ardour for his or her metropolis is a part of the pitch to artists and sponsors. 

“All the good things appeared to at all times occur in Phoenix. There wasn’t actually something large that Tucson might put its arms round and be happy with, so we’re hoping this may be a type of issues that we may be happy with as a metropolis,” Repp mentioned. 

Repp is as hands-on as they arrive relating to blueprinting and growing every year’s competition. He manages all issues set design and building by way of his firm Repp + McLain Design & Development. He even constructed final yr’s big windmill installment and mentioned he has one other customized piece able to go for the upcoming competition.

What began out as a grassroots competition is steadily making a reputation for itself, rising 15-20% yearly. Anticipated attendance this yr is 11,000-12,000 over final yr’s 9,000. 

What it’s essential to know

Nightfall runs from Nov. 11-12 within the coronary heart of Downtown Tucson at Jácome Plaza, 101 N Stone Ave. Tickets are on sale now with costs beginning at $65 and go as much as $549 depending on single or 2-day passes for normal admission, VIP expertise and platinum expertise. 

Friday, Nov. 11 reveals:

GRiZ; Younger the Big; Cannons; Nora En Pure; Zomboy; Aluna; Breakup Sneakers; KennyHoopla; Kyle Walker; Slothrust; Spag Heddy

Saturday, Nov. 12 reveals:

Alison Wonderland; NGHTMRE; Sofi Tukker (hybrid DJ set); 4B; Dillon Nathaniel; Dion Timmer; Inzo; Lauren Sanderson; Lubelski; Royal & The Serpent; Sophie Powers

Keep in contact and get in tune

Get notified on the newest updates relating to DUSK Music Competition by referring to their social media platforms and outreach. Hearken to the Official DUSK 2022 Artist Playlist on Spotify. 

Textual content “DUSK” to 480-530-5559 

Nightfall Instagram: @duskmusicfestival

Nightfall Twitter: @dusktucson

*El Inde Arizona is a information service of the College of Arizona Faculty of Journalism.

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