It’s been a minute since electronic dance music lovers and festival fanatics have had the opportunity to converge on Ascarate Park for an EDM festival. But the glow paint and LED foam stick dry spell ends this year.

The county park will play host to Sonder 2022 over the Labor Day weekend. Billed as “El Paso's EDM & Urban Music Celebration,” Sonder will also feature Reggaeton artists.

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Picking Up Where SCMF Left Off

The last time this type of music festival took place in El Paso was when Marshmello headlined the Sun City Music Festival in 2017.

That was also the last time there was a Sun City Music Festival. Hopes for a 2018 SCMF were dashed when the promoters, SMG Events and Disco Donnie Presents, called it off. There was never a reason cited for why the festival was canceled.

Last year, the Freakazoid Robots Festival was set to rage at Ascarate, but as it turned out the only thing raging was Covid and Freakazoid Robots was canceled after El Paso County health authorities and the El Paso County Commissioner’s Court deemed it unsafe to hold such a large gathering.

What's Sonder and Who's Coming?

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The one-day party, set for Saturday, September 3, will feature local and nationally known DJs playing tasty beats on their laptops, a diverse group of live music acts, and numerous food and drink vendors.

Going hard this year will be Grammy award-winning rapper Lupe Fiasco, DJ Dainjazone, Sak Noel, and “La Toxica” herself, Mariah Angeliq, who fuses Reggaetón, R&B, and Latin trap in her music.

Michelle Salazar
Michelle Salazar

If you’re looking for a place where you can wear as little as possible while you whirl, bounce, and move your hips side to side under the sweltering desert night sky then this might be the end-of-the-summer party for you.

Check out the website for more info. And don’t forget to save a few bucks for glow bracelets.

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