HOCO Fest — a boutique festival held annually at the historic Hotel Congress — strives to showcase innovative talent while celebrating the vibrant and unique culture of the borderlands.  Taking over the cultural heart of downtown Tucson for five days, the festival presents a genre-spanning musical lineup as well as an array of guest lectures, workshops, clothing and record fairs, pool parties, and experimental afterparties, all set within southern Arizona’s majestic desert.

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Resident Advisor

Max Pearl travels to Arizona for one of the US’s most forward-facing festivals.

“From the Balkans to Scandinavia to the Iberian Peninsula, there are grassroots events with the kinds of excellent lineups we Americans are lucky to get maybe six or seven times a year. This is why I flew out to Tucson, Arizona at the end of August for HOCO Fest.”


CVLT Nation

God lives in Tucson, HOCO Fest is Proof!


Aquarium Drunkard

Aquarium Drunkard :: Transmissions Podcast 

In Conversation: Howe Gelb, Steve Wynn, and Robyn Hitchcock

Live from HOCO Fest

Arizona Daily Star

HOCO 2018 in review | Celebrating the vibrant culture of the borderlands

Phoenix New Times

10 Must-See Acts at Tucson's HOCO Fest 2018

Tucson Weekly

New Vision Drives HOCO Fest

Tucson Weekly

HOCO Highlights | Our music writers round up some of the best shows at Hotel Congress' Labor Day music fest

This Is Tucson

Wanna party? Go to HOCO Fest, a 5-day celebration of live music

The Portable Infinite

S.H.I.T., BLVC SVND, Gnarface, JSNMSK + More Added to Tucson's HOCO Fest (Aug 29-Sept 2)

Consequence of Sound



"Presenting some of the world's premier experimentalists alongside local favorites and a few more conventional festival acts, HOCO lured to the desert a large and diverse audience"
- Resident Advisor

"The lineup suggests a conscious attempt to appeal to a more experimentally-minded crowd.”
- Tiny Mix Tapes

"When we heard Ascetic House was hosting a series of “guerrilla club nights” (read: ripping after-hours parties) at Tucson’s HOCO Fest, we asked an obvious question: Does anyone want to make us a mix?"
- Self-Titled Mag

Listed on Pitchfork’s 2017 Guide to Festivals

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