Last weekend about 30 thousand people flooded into Chandler, Arizona’s Rawhide Western Town. Home to Relentless Beat’s newest, most extravagant, western-themed music festival, Gold Rush. The headliners were some of the hottest artists in the game right now such as Excision, Migos, and Claude VonStroke.
This festival really stood out because each stage was based around a different genre, 4 different stages with different vibes really opened the opportunity for people to discover some dope new music. I had asked an attendee “How do you feel about Relentless Beat’s mixing genres?” Alice (23) said “I love it because it brings everyone in, it gets everyone who has just heard of these festivals to experience it for themselves, I see a bright future for the Arizona music scene”. The Arizona scene is growing rapidly and Gold Rush definitely was a huge step in the right direction of expanding it. People traveled from other states such as California and even Vegas to make it out to this event.
The stage production was mind-blowing, main stage was a massive structure with lasers that had you seeing colors in your dreams for the next couple nights. The stages were all relatively close to each other and had no sound bleed. Other than just stage production, the production of the festival overall was just as memorable. Actors and actresses dressed in gold costumes pranced around the grounds taking photos with attendees. There was a massive Gold Rush sign decorated with hay stacks, a photo booth, tons of vendors, and a free rock climbing wall! The rock wall created a very unique experience for people who were willing to try it out!
One thing specifically unique about Gold Rush Music Festival compared to other Relentless Beats festivals was this was their first ever all-ages event! Many were unsure how this was going to turn out based on the nature of the event.
I had interviewed 3 attendees, Vania Ruiz, and her two little sisters Marian, and Isabel. Here’s a little how it went from these fans' perspective:
Nicole from Electric Feels: “What was your favorite memory at Gold Rush 2017?”
Marian: “My favorite moment of Gold Rush was dancing like crazy while being comfortable with the people I was around”
Isabel: “My most favorite memory was seeing Rezz goggles, that moment blew me away, never ever in my life I thought I would see her!”
Nicole from Electric Feels: “Were you comfortable at this event even though most were much older than you?”
Marian: “People were so kind it made me comfortable to be dancing like crazy. The people were insane when they were dancing but I did see a lot of butts.”
Isabel: “I felt comfortable because my sister’s friends protected me and I knew I was very safe”
Nicole from Electric Feels: “How did others interact with you?”
Marian: “They would take videos of me and my little sister because we were the only kids there and people would plur with us and ask us to dance with them. I would love to go again next year”
Isabel: “Whenever I plur’d with people they were so nice, one of them gave me one of Rezz and it was as big as my face. Everybody was just so kind”
Nicole from Electric Feels: “Were you nervous about bringing your younger sisters to this kind of event?”
Vania: “I was more excited than nervous to bring my baby sisters to this event. I’ve been going to festivals and raves for almost four years and getting them into the music for just as long. It was my dream come true to finally have them experience it all with me. My rave fam was so welcoming with them as well and seeing how everyone else went out of their way to make the experience more enjoyable made my heart fuller than it has ever been.
It’s so heart-warming to hear these girls talk about their experiences at Gold Rush and how kind others were who got the chance to talk and even trade Kandi with them. Stories like these are the ones that will continue to bring positivity into the rave scene and society in general. These young girls had an unforgettable night all thanks to Relentless Beat’s throwing a fantastic all-ages music festival and for all the attendees being on their best behavior.
The hype for Gold Rush hasn’t died out quite yet, fans are raving about how much fun they had on the #CanYouDigIt hashtag on Facebook and Twitter. Hopes are high to see the return of this awesome festival in 2018.
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Written by Nicole Alvarez