Neon Desert, for the uninitiated, is an annual music festival in El Paso, Texas. This year’s fest is happening on Saturday, May 26, at Cleveland Square Park in downtown El Paso.
Regarding the headliners: You’ll remember Sparta as the more straight-ahead alt rock offshoot of At The Drive-In. Sparta returned from a three-year hiatus in late 2011. Meanwhile, Ghostland Observatory is Austin’s hometown hero in electro-dance rock and this will be the duo’s first time gracing the border city. And Moby is… Moby. If you’ve been at all conscious in the last 20 years, you recognize his bald dome and thick black-framed glasses, as well as his radio-friendly electronica hits. What else can you say about a guy who has 1.3 million Facebook fans?
Neon Desert is impressively stacked on the Latin alternative and Latin electronica front, too, spanning various sounds and styles coming from as far north as Monterrey, Mexico, to as far south as Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Mexican Institute of Sound, the brainchild of Mexico City record exec and fanatic vinyl record collector Camilo Lara, will bring a quirky and catchy hybrid of electronic music, hip-hop and traditional Mexican sounds. And house heads should be happy with the inclusion of Classixx, The Twelves and Sussie 4. On the rock side of things, La Vida Boheme, Babasonicos and Los Bunkers each represent various generations of South American alternative/independent rock.
Here’s the first 19 bands. Expect 11 more to be announced soon, to round out the complete lineup.
Babasónicos (Buenos Aires, Argentina)
Belanova (Guadalajara, Mexico)
Chico Mann (Jersey City, New Jersey)
Classixx (Los Angeles, Calif.)
Fixed Idea (El Paso)
Ghostland Observatory (Austin)
Johnny Costello (El Paso)
La Vida Boheme (Caracas, Venezuela)
Los Bunkers (Concepción, Chile)
Mexican Institute of Sound (Mexico City)
Mexicans with Guns (San Antonio)
Moby (New York)
Sound on Sound (El Paso)
Sparta (El Paso)
Sussie 4 (Guadalajara, Mexico)
The Pinker Tones (Barcelona, Spain)
The Twelves (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil)
Toy Selectah (Monterrey, Mexico)
YACHT (Portland, Oregon)