Sunset Music Festival is just days away now. Whether you’re traveling to the festival by plane, train, or automobile, some of you are making your way to Sunset from different parts of the country. It can be difficult to navigate through a city you aren’t familiar with, so we’ve created this quick reference guide so you can save yourself some time and trouble.
Getting to Sunset Music Festival
From North of Tampa
I-75 to I-275 South to Himes Avenue North or North Dale Mabry. The stadium is approximately one mile north of I-275, between Himes and Dale Mabry.
From Sarasota and Bradenton
I-75 to I-4 West to I-275 South to Himes Avenue North or North Dale Mabry. Or I-75 North to I-275 North to North Dale Mabry. Stadium is approximately one mile north of I-275, between Himes and Dale Mabry.
I-4 West to I-275 South to Himes Avenue North or North Dale Mabry. Stadium is approximately one mile north of I-275, between Himes and Dale Mabry. Or I-4 West to Hillsborough Avenue West or Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard West.
From the West Side
I-275 to North Dale Mabry. Or Highway 60 East to Spruce Street East to North Dale Mabry. Stadium is approximately one mile north of I-275, between Himes and Dale Mabry.
For more specified directions catering from your particular starting address, map the stadium’s address at 4201 North Dale Mabry Highway, Tampa, FL 33607.
Parking at Sunset Music Festival
Parking lots for Sunset will open at 11:00 AM on the day of the event. Lots available to Sunsetters include Lot 2 on Martin Luther King Blvd, Lot 4 on Himes Ave, and Lot 14 at the corner of MLK Blvd and Himes Ave. Overflow parking lots will be available at Lot 6D on Himes Ave and Lot 5 on Tom McEwen Blvd. Take a look on the map to locate where the lots in the area are. General parking per vehicle is $15.00 with preferred parking per vehicle within Lot 4 at $25.00.
One of the biggest names in dance music for the last decade, Gareth Emery dabbles in a little bit of everything. The Southampton native runs a night club and famed record label from Manchester, England. Adding to his impressive résumé, is his degree in Politics from the University of Warwick, not to mention he’s trained in classical piano – and we haven’t even touched the surface of his expansive musical tastes. Needless to say, Gareth Emery has become a staple to events and festivals around the globe and has occupied a spot in the top 40 of DJ Mag’s quintessential list since 2006.
Gareth first debuted in early 2002 with a white label remix of The Shrink’s “Nervous Breakdown.” Although the track brought him some attention, it was his third release “Mistral,” out that same year, that is considered to be the launching pad of his career as Paul van Dyk would later go on to debuted the track live during the Nature One Festival. His debut artist album Northern Lights hit number one on the US iTunes dance chart and featured “Sanctuary,” which became the most played record of 2011 on Sirius XM Radio station BPM. Though his production is usually described as a fusion of trance, house and progressive, Gareth will tell you that he plays good music, regardless of genre.
Throwing labels to the side, Gareth Emery is an eclectic personality and an extremely talented DJ. Which is why we are excited to partner with the him on the following dates:
Sunset Music Festival lineup boasts in artists who are innovative forward-thinkers. Just in this month alone, two artists have had their name championed by multiple dance music headlines for their work either on the decks, or off.
David Guetta performs historic set in China
As part of the Seven Wonders of the World, the Great Wall of China has fascinated the many who have seen it first hand. People from all over the world visit China to see this historical piece of architecture that can be seen from the moon. This celebrated structure is the backdrop to the aptly named Great Wall Music Festival – an event celebrating Chinese history.
Just this past week, Sunset artist David Guetta made his DJ debut in China, performing on the massive structure to an upwards of 20,000 people. Still reigning as the #1 house artist on DJ Mag’s Top 100 as well as having with five successful studio albums and multiple Grammy Award wins to his name, Guetta has cemented himself in the hearts of billions for years to come, whether it be for his fusion of pop and hip-hop in the studio, or his DJ sets which deliver non-stop energetic bangers, be sure to check out David Guetta when he takes the Ra stage at Sunset Music Festival.
Knife Party releases long-awaited third EP, “Haunted House”
It was only two years ago when the world was first introduced to the Australian duo Knife Party, though its members Rob Swire and Gareth McGrill had already created a name for themselves as two-thirds of the critically acclaimed drum and bass infused group, Pendulum. Earlier this month, the duo finally released their long-waited third EP, Haunted House.
The EP sees Knife Party honing in on their craft. Whereas the Rage Valley EP boasted in the electro house, dubstep, drumstep, and moombahton genres, Haunted House focuses on the boys’ niche production of crazy bass drops and fluctuating tempo changes that keep your feet guessing. Starting off the release is the ode to old school Nintendo, “Power Glove,” which has been deemed by fans as the followup to the duo’s popular hit, “Internet Friends.” With a healthy dose of bass chains and sequenced high-pitched vocal samples, we’re sure you’ll get to hear this track live when Knife Party takes the Ra stage at Sunset Music Festival. Buy your tickets today!
Another year of Sunset Music Festival is just days away, and in preparation with the upcoming event, we have a few ticket reminders to make sure you have a fun and carefree Sunset experience.
If you haven’t bought your tickets to the festival yet, don’t worry. Online ticket sales will continue on through to the day of the event while on-site ticket sales will begin at 11:30 AM at the Raymond James Stadium box office. Please beware of frauds and scalpers. VIP tickets are already sold out, but there are a few remaining VIP tables still available for purchase. We’ll see you soon!
Sunset Music Festival urges our patrons to beware of fraud and counterfeit tickets. Please do not buy tickets from scalpers. To assure the authenticity of your ticket purchase, please only purchase tickets from authorized ticket outlets. Authorized ticket outlets include the SMFtampa.com and any retail locations listed on the ticketing page of the Sunset site. Tickets and wristbands will not be reissued under any circumstance, so please hold onto them.
Sunset Music Festival will take place rain or shine. The acts we advertise have confirmed their appearance, however acts are subject to change without notice. Please guard your tickets carefully. Prices will increase and tickets may sell out as allotments run out, so please buy early to get the best pricing.
All of us here at Disco Donnie Presents, Sunset Events and Committee have agreed to extend the price freeze on General Admission passes to Sunset Music Festival until this Wednesday at midnight. With some of dance music’s biggest names like David Guetta, Steve Aoki, and Knife Party joining our lineup this year, we think everyone should join us on the dance floor at Raymond James Stadium this Saturday, May 25th. So grab your tickets before prices to Sunset go up again for the last time.
Act now before prices go up on Wednesday at midnight, buy your tickets now!