As El Paso breaks out their summer shorts for the third annual Neon Desert Music Festival, the Splendid Sun Productions staff will continue to prep the streets until the day of the fest for an expected 13,000 people.
The roads will close on Friday, May 24 at 6 p.m., according to Zach Paul, producer with Splendid Sun Productions and director for NDMF. Mills Avenue, Santa Fe Street and parts of east Mesa will be closed off to thru traffic.
Fencing and the stages used for the bands will be brought out onto the streets after 6 p.m., commencing the start of a long night.
“We work around (the closure) and get into the areas we can work on and get the small details worked on,” Paul said. “We pay attention to small detail when we bring in all the fencing, tents, stages, tables, chairs and all other structure-related items building the entire festival out.”
Along with staff, volunteers and interns will also be helping with the set-up of the festival.
With Molotov and Wolfgang Gartner headlining for the fest, not only El Pasoans but music lovers from out of state will be at the fest. Hotels around the festival are still offering special deals on rooms and selling the last of the tickets in their possession.
Photographed by Aaron Montes