Tempe Beach Park has really stepped up its game over the last few years. Just take March’s Pot of Gold Music Festival, which brought four days packed with artists like Bastille, Kendrick Lamar and Fall Out Boy.
After a summer break, the field is set for another festival this September—the second annual Summer Ends Music Festival. The last date of the four-day fest particularly stands out, finishing with a one-and-a-half hour set by the one-and-only Kanye West.
That night’s lineup was booked with direction from Kanye West’s representative, according to Tom Lapenna, owner of Luckyman Concerts, which organized the festival. Luckyman had previously promoted Kanye during his 2013 Yeezus tour stop at US Airways Center.
“This year we opted to go after one headliner each day that we knew would have a great draw and then add support acts that complement the headliner,” Lapenna says.
To say it’s exciting for the festival to book such a huge artist for a somewhat unlikely venue is an understatement, especially considering Variety reported last year that a booking for Kanye ranges from $400,000 to $600,000 and he headlined the international festival phenomenon Glastonbury this year.
However they convinced him to come to our little “beach,” we’re glad they did. But the loaded Sunday bill comes at a hefty price. Full-price tickets for the night are $135, in comparison to the $54.50 price for each of the other three days of the fest. On the plus side, Kanye draws attention wherever he goes, so here’s to hoping that this is just the beginning of even more great artists to come
Summer Ends Music Festival, Tempe Beach Park, 54 W. Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, summerendsaz.com, Thursday, September 24 through Sunday, September 27, times vary, $55-$135