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Sun City Music Festival Brings World's Biggest DJs to El Paso

POSTED: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 3:36pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 2, 2011 - 7:10pm

El Paso has never seen anything like this: some of the world's biggest DJ's all under one roof this holiday weekend. In fact the number one DJ in the world will be on hand at the Sun City Music Festival, taking place at Cohen Stadium. And organizers say the rest of lineup is off the charts.

The first electronic music festival in El Paso, the Sun City Music Festival, is starting off with a bang, bringing in the biggest name in the electronic dance music scene. "Armin van Buuren. He is currently in the rankings as the number one DJ in the world," said SCMF organizer Alby Bocanegra.

Alby says plans for the SCMF have been in the works for a year and a half. Also included in the lineup: Afrojack, Paul van Dyk and many others. "You also have Wolfgang Gartner, you've got Cookie Monsta, who's very big in the dubstep genre. You're got Nero," said Alby.

The top DJs in El Paso will also get their shot at the spotlight, including Esteban Carrasco, Plum's resident DJ, who's been voted the number one DJ in El Paso for three years in a row. "I'm really looking forward to dropping a lot of original productions that I have in the works. I've got a publisher in London so I've been producing a lot of original material and I'm really excited to unleash some of my own tracks," said Esteban.

The production of the Sun City Music Festival is so big that crews have been setting up three gigantic stages since Tuesday. DJs and performers coming from Las Vegas are also in the mix, along with a team of go-go dancers/acrobats coming from Dallas. "They perform a lot of big festivals. They go to L.A., to Vegas, they travel all over the country just performing so we brought them here as part of the entertainment," said Alby.

And besides dancing the night away, you can also hit the concession stands for food and drinks. "Additionally, Cohen Stadium has added more infrastructure in providing more vending areas down in the actual field, just to make sure it's convenient for festival-goers," said Alby.

Organizers say not only will El Paso benefit from some out-of-town revenue, but it'll also encourage more artists to want to ride into the Sun City. "It's going to create more awareness all over the country that El Paso can be a music destination," said Alby. "We have the infrastructure. We have the community, the population to support an event."

The Sun City Music Festival takes place at Cohen Stadium in Northeast El Paso this Saturday and Sunday. The event is from 6:00 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. Tickets cost $51 dollars for one-day admission, $92 for a two-day ticket. VIP tickets, which gets you a better view of the stage, cost $61.

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