Hotel Congress is proud to announce the return of the annual HOCO Fest in downtown Tucson, Arizona. Read below for festival information and stream a playlist featuring artists from this year's lineup.
The historic Hotel Congress in Tucson, Arizona recently announced the return of the annual music festival HOCO Fest (est. 2005), set to take place Labor Day weekend. This year's lineup will feature diverse, international musical acts, such as the legendary borderland band Los Apson, Grammy-award winning Sufi songwriter Arooj Aftab, Tuareg blues musician Mdou Moctar, among many others.
This 16th edition of HOCO Fest will feature many new programs, lectures and environmentally-conscious initiatives. The first annual Sonoran Desert Sustainability Summit, in partnership with Tenwest Festival and Startup Tucson, will feature a keynote conversation with Finian Makepeace, Co-Founder of the national soil health nonprofit Kiss The Ground and Mexican musician and environmental activist Caloncho. The summit aims to host conversation and foster connection between creative minds focused on a more regenerative future in the Sonoran Desert, which currently sits on the front lines of the climate crisis with water shortages, food insecurity, desertification, and extensive drought.
The highlight, of course, is the craftfully curated and sonically diverse lineup that will hit the indoor stage and outdoor plaza. HOCO has collaborated with Festival NRMAL to bring the Tucson and Mexico City communities together and feature over 20 artists from the borderland regions. Other events to look forward to are the Semiotic Sunrise sets, which will keep the dancefloor open until 6 am with a N/A drink and snack menu. Additionally, HOCO will host a Metal Matinee on Saturday, September 3rd with local Arizona metal bands, stick-n-poke tattoos by Diabala Ink, and a bloody mary bar.
Stream this playlist to discover the artists from this year's HOCO lineup:
Standard Full Festival Passes ($135) and Day Passes ($35-$45) are on sale now here: