McDowell Mountain Music Festival
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McDowell Mountain Music Festival just released their set times, and it’s gearing up to be a wild ride!


We are just days away from dancing our butts off at McDowell Mountain Music Festival aka M3F in Phoenix, Arizona and I couldn’t be more excited. With a stacked musical lineup, a variety of local vendors, a kids zone, live art, drum circles, and tons of great food and drink, attendees can look forward to an eventful weekend in the desert.

This year’s headliners include Nick Murphy (fka Chet Faker), Big Gigantic, GRiZ, and Father John Misty with support from The Revivalists, Gorgon City (live), Cut Copy, O.A.R. and many others. And if you are getting to M3F on Thursday you should definitely look into the official pre-party show with StéLOUSE! Get your weekend dialed with the rest of our essentials.

Related: Check out my top artists to see at this year’s M3F!


McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2018 – Essential Info:

Dates: March 2-4, 2018
Gates: Friday: Gates open at 3:00pm / Gates close at 11:00pm
Saturday: Gates open at 2:00pm / Gates close at 11:00pm
Sunday: Gates open at 2:00pm / Gates close at 9:30pm
Venue Address: 1200 N 1st Street, Phoenix, AZ 85004. The concert will be held on the East side of Margaret T. Hance Park.
Ages: All ages. Children under 10 are FREE! 21+ to purchase alcohol.


McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2018 Set Times:


McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2018 Access Map:

Coming soon!


McDowell Mountain Music Festival 2018 Do’s & Don’ts:

Things You Can Bring:
  • Sealed or empty reusable water bottles – there will be refill stations.
  • Umbrellas or low-backed chairs (designated areas only) – make sure you’re comfortable.
  • Picnic Blankets 
  • Non-framed backpacks – translation: no wheels.
  • Hula hoops – the LED kind are best, in our opinion.
  • Selfie sticks – if you must, but promise to put the phone down and enjoy the music.
  • Totems – make ’em funny.
  • Crazy costumes – encouraged!
Things They Don’t Allow:
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Outside beverages/food/ice chests – we’ve got you covered with Oskar Blues, food trucks, and more.
  • Open alcohol outside the Festival grounds – this is illegal.
  • Illegal drugs
  • Weapons
  • Unlicensed vending – if you wanted to be a vendor, all you had to do was ask.
  • Professional photo or video equipment without a press pass – leave the recording to the professionals and enjoy the show.
  • Laser pens
  • Motorized vehicles, with the exception of ADA vehicles

Reminder To Mind Your Belongings:

Unfortunately, many people have reported pickpockets, bag slashings, and theft of wallets, smartphones, and other valuables during festival season. While this small number of bad apples doesn’t define an entire crowd, there are opportunistic people who come to these events to take advantage of unsuspecting partygoers and it’s important to be mindful of your valuables while at McDowell Mountain Music Festival.

Pay attention to who’s around you and what’s going on around you. Keep your wallet and phone in your front pocket(s). Treat your phone the same way you would treat cash; don’t set it down on a table or bar and look away. If a friend isn’t standing behind you in a crowd be careful of your backpack or purse, and don’t put valuables in a pocket that could easily be unzipped by someone behind in a crowded spot without you realizing.


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Zachary Lefevre has been listening to electronic music since the early 2000s. Although his first live show was underground hip-hop, he began listening to a variety of different genres and found his niche within electronic community. After attending more concerts and festivals, Zachary was seeking out a platform that would allow him to express his passion and love for live music and share it with friends, family, and the world. Having always been an avid writer he began to combine the two arts and shortly after writing his first article Zachary became part of the EDM Identity team in August 2015.

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