Fans and artists enjoy Neon Desert Music Festival
EL PASO — It's a homegrown festival that draws in thousands of music fans every Memorial Day weekend.
Now in its third year, Neon Desert Music Festival continues to showcase the essence of downtown El Paso by bringing in some of the biggest names in music.
"I love the artists," said Eduardo Celis.
The festival at San Jacinto Plaza featured more than 20 bands, several artists painting live murals and a "silent disco" where a DJ played music directly into headphones.
Festival-goers say it was a good experience.
"It's my first time here and it's so much fun," said Isela Padilla.
One of the headliners, French DJ Producer Martin Solveig hadn't been to El Paso but took notice of the hot weather and friendly people.
"Not only is it a lot of warm weather but also warm people," Solveig said.
Solveig delighted thousands with his hit songs "The Night Out", Hello, "Ready to Go" and even performed a new track "Hey Now".
Nestled in the heart of downtown, fans and artists both enjoyed the venue.
"I think it's great to bring people downtown," said Marielle Trubowitsch.
Solveig described Neon Desert as a smaller more intimate festival with all the fun of the much larger music festival around the country.
"You can really feel the crowd," Solveig said.
Wolfgang Garnter, another one of the headliners, thanked El Paso after the festival naming the city as one of his favorite.
After about 10 hours of live music, fans said they were not disappointed.
"We will definitely repeat it," Celis said.