Zona Music Festival brings Beach House, Portugal. the Man to Phoenix

There’s a new music festival hitting downtown Phoenix that should speak directly to the Viva PHX demographic.

Beach House, Portugal. the Man, Bleachers, Tegan and Sara, and Japanese Breakfast are set to headline the inaugural Zona Music Festival at Margaret T. Hance Park the weekend of Dec. 3 and 4

The event will feature a diverse array of national and local alternative, indie, pop and rock acts, in addition to highlighting several nearby businesses and vendors.

Event producer Psyko Steve Presents and Downtown Phoenix Inc. shared details on the two-day boutique festival at a press conference Wednesday, Aug. 24, with remarks from Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego and Congressman Greg Stanton.

One of the local acts performing, Breakup Shoes, were on hand for a special acoustic performance.

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The Zona Music Festival lineup

Psyko Steve Presents has been promoting concerts in the Valley since 2000. Founder Stephen Chilton has always placed an emphasis on local talent and incorporating Arizona acts into the company’s events.

That approaches rings true for Zona Music Festival, which features UPSAHL coming off her first headlining tour, Black Carl reuniting just for the occasion and Sydney Sprague, fresh from opening national tours for Jimmy Eat World with Dashboard Confessional, and the Front Bottoms.

Other acts with local ties include Miniature Tigers, Playboy Manbaby, Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra, Glixen, Diva Bleach and Pariah Pete.

Rounding out what looks to be a stellar bill are Bartees Strange, Beach Goons, Chicano Batman, Chloe Lilac, Destroy Boys, Diva Bleach, flor, the Front Bottoms, the Garden, the Happy Fits, Jeff Rosenstock, July Talk, Lucius, Lucy Dacus, the National Parks, Pom Pom Squad, the Red Pears, the Regrettes, SALES, SASAMI, Sitting On Stacy, Sub Urban, Turnover, TV Girl, Waxahatchee and Kevin Morby.

In a press release, Tegan and Sara said, “We are beyond thrilled to be among this incredible lineup and return to one of our favorite cities in the United States. It’s been a long three years, and we are very much looking forward to getting on stage and strutting our stuff at ZONA in December!”

Destroy Boys also shared a statement saying, “So excited to come back to Phoenix for ZONA Festival!!! So many killers bands are playing, plus this is one of our favorite cities.”

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How to get tickets to Zona Music Festival

General admission and VIP weekend tickets will go on sale at 10 am Friday, Aug. 26 at at ZONAMusicfest.com and SeeTickets.us. Single-day GA and VIP tickets will be available closer to the event.

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