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515 Alive Music Festival - August 18/19 2017 - Des Moines, Iowa

August 18, 2017

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515 ALIVE MUSIC FESTIVAL August 18th & 19th 2017 
Water Works Park (directly outside of downtown)

Official address:
2201 George Flagg PkwyDes Moines, IA 50321

Festival entrance:1004 Fleur DrDes Moines, IA 50315 ALL AGES EVENT


Hopsin | Mija | Nghtmre | Pouya
AFK | Bleep Bloop | Blu J | Boogie T. | Brasstracks | Dabin 
Defunk | Dubloadz | Eprom | Figure b2b Midnight Tyrannosaurus | Kai Wachi | Koan Sound | Late Night Radio | Luzcid | Moody Good | Proko | Said The Sky | SoDown | Squnto | UM.. | Virtual Riot
+ MORE!!

★ NEW LOCATION: WATER WORKS PARK (less than 1/2 a mile from downtown - Dsm's biggest Urban Park)
★ ON-SITE CAMPING - Hybrid City/Camping Festival Experience - VERY LIMITED QTY AVAILABLE - 21+
★ BIGGER & BETTER Main-Stage - Insane Light Show, MASSIVE Sound Sytem & New Stage Design 
★ 5 Stages total
★ All new FULL SCALE 2nd stage with NATIONAL ACTS
★ Improved staging and production for side stages 
★ ON-SITE Parking
★ Improved VIP Experience
★ ON-SITE After parties (for campers only)
★ VENUE After Parties (downtown) - avialable to campers as well!

★★★★ PLUS ★★★★
★Food Vendors ★Art Vendors ★Clothing Vendors ★All Ages Welcome (10 & under enter free with adult) ★Full beer & Alcohol Vending for 21+ ★LIve Graffiti Demo ★New Art Installations ★and most importantly YOU !!!!

NEW FOR 2017: ON SITE CAMPING! (Limited qty available - 21+)
Every year when new people find out about our festival, we get hundreds of messages asking if it's camping. We’ve always loved the idea of sort of a ‘hybrid’ camping/city festival experience. Very rarely can you camp at festival that feels like you’re in a forest in the middle of nowhere, then pull out onto the street and you’re just blocks from downtown. We believe it will truly be a one of kind festival this year. Camping allows travelers (and locals!) an easier on-site option that is much cheaper and convenient than hotels. Camping music festivals have their own cultures and tight knit communities, and we are excited to integrate that into 515 Alive. These spaces will be VERY limited. This is not a festival where you are expected to camp, if you want to enjoy the festival the same way you have in past years that's great! Camping spots will be available to les than ⅓ of our estimated total number of attendees.

We expect to sell out of these. 21+ ONLY 

You will not be able to access camping areas without one.


★ PREMIRE (GOLD) Camping: 
(21+) PRIME location w/ much less walking - attached to concert area with SEPARATE quick entrance/exit to concert area only for Premier Campers! Near all the action w/ a separate car entrance. Beautiful grassy, flat land with trees and a large shaded park-shelter for shade. Free parking even closer to your spot on the inside of the fenced camping area! On site restrooms, not just portable restrooms! Camping hours 10am Friday (Aug 18th) morning to noon Sunday (Aug 20th). *ONLY people with PREMIER Camping Wristbands can enter this site * PREMIER camping wristbands DO allow entry into GA camping * THESE ARE PER PERSON, NOT FOR A SITE * MUST PURCHASE GA OR VIP FESTIVAL PASS IN ADDITION

★ GA (SILVER) Camping: 
(21+) Beautiful grassy, flat land with trees for shade in many spots. Slightly further from concert area than PREMIER Camping. FREE Car parking in main lot.Camping hours 10am Friday (Aug 18th) morning to noon Sunday (Aug 20th) * GA (SILVER) CAMPING Wristbands DO NOT get access to PREMIER Camping site * THESE ARE PER PERSON, NOT FOR A SITE * MUST PURCHASE GA OR VIP FESTIVAL PASS IN ADDITION * 

☆ The addition of camping does NOT mean you HAVE to camp, they are seperate tickets. If you just want to attend both days and leave after the show that's totally fine!* 

★ ON SITE PARKING: One pass needed per car - $10 Advance - can purchase on-site but it will be more expensive!


★ GA: General Access to both days of the festival. No access to VIP areas or Campsites 

★ VIP: Access to festival both days. IMPROVED Private viewing area, private bathrooms, NEW Limited edition 515 Alive Pin, Private Topshelf cash/credit bar w/ happy hour, Charging stations, Express hassle-free entrance, Cloth souvenir wristband + more!

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Twitter & Instagram: 515Alive 

The 515 Alive story: 
Before the corporate ran, profit generating machine music festivals started spawning in the United States, the American music industry was united by grassroot passionate musicians and performers who wanted to share the magic of their music in a unique show experience. In 2002, the collaboration of enthusiasts in a small state called Iowa, gave birth to an event called 515 Alive, at the heart of the state's capital, Des Moines. Despite its obstacles with being one of America's less populated areas, 515 Alive exploded and grew with the spirit of the unity amongst citywide, statewide, and regional support. 515 Alive began as a block party, and has taken many directions, especially taking strong identity being a symbol of Iowa's electronic music scene. The festival has also been a canvas for urban arts and urban music, breaking barriers between musical styles. But the most important and dominant type of artist that has been the lifeblood of 515 Alive, are specifically the DJ's who have made magic building, creating, and performing on those epic stages that gradually improved, year after year. 

2017 continues the next generation and 15th Anniversary of 515 Alive Music Festival with a NEW & BEAUITIFUL location right outside of Downtown Des Moines at Water Works Park. We are excited to take a big leap and offer ON SITE CAMPING for the first time ever! This will be a hybrid camping and city festival experience unlike any other. One minute you'll feel as if you're in the middle of no where in a beautiful large open field surround by trees with an on site pond, and then you pull out of the festival and you're on the main road that takes you downtown (2 minute drive). Our move to the park was solidified after long discussions about needing a venue that allows us to expand our vision with the festival and provide a unique and unforgettable experience. Truth be told, we need more room for what we have planned. The new park is absolutely beautiful, almost 10x bigger than our previous space! It’s the ideal location for a festival, open space for the staging and concert area and a flat camping area with trees scattered throughout. The entrance is 1 mile from previous venue. With the amount of space available the possibilities are endless (little easier than working on downtown Des Moines Streets) and we are able to get creative with our staging, art installations, VIP areas, chill-out areas and many other aspects of the event that were difficult to improve on before. We are extremely excited to progress the event further than ever before to ensure that the 15th anniversary is the biggest, the best and the most unforgettable year yet! 

*Event takes place rain or shine* 
* No Refunds available *

Where's the Party?

Water Works Park
2201 George Flagg PkwyDes Moines, IA 50321

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