The growing Arizona festival scene is getting an indie and alt-rock powerhouse. In December 2022, Zona Music Festival will premiere in downtown Phoenix with big names from the not-so-underground underground music scene. Tegan and Sara, Japanese Breakfast, Portugal. The Man, Bleachers and Beach House will all headline the event. Down the bill are Lucius, The Front Bottoms and a list of lesser-known bands that nonetheless have indie reddit excited. Festival producer Psyko Steve Presents has long promoted local talent and will bring the Tucson beat to Zona, too. In October, the festival added a fourth stage Under the Bridge where 14 local bands to the lineup. Of the Phoenix crew, be sure to catch Black Carl, who are reuniting for the event, UPSAHL, Miniature Tigers, Playboy Manbaby and Phoenix Afrobeat Orchestra. The media has multiple times described Zona as boutique, so don’t expect to mosh with 100,000 people. However, the party doesn’t stop at the festival grounds. Zona Music Festival will host pre-parties and after-parties throughout downtown.
- Tickets come in two levels: General Admission and VIP. Both are available as weekend or single-day tickets. Weekend GA tickets start at $175.
- You can check out Zona’s zine for updates.