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    The world’s largest paint party is coming back to Tucson on Saturday, this time bringing new music, sights and more paint to the Tucson Convention Center.

    DayGlow, for those who don’t know, is a worldwide event that has sold more than 150 shows. This tour, “Beats.Love.Unity,” or DayGlow “Blu” is adding blue paint into the mix and has three times as much production value as last time they came to town, according to Adam Richman, a regional development senior and co-creator of Tucson Music Fest.

    His company, working alongside Committee Entertainment, is responsible for making DayGlow a blast, and Richman promises this year is going to be way wilder than ever before.

    “If you thought our lights and our LED screens were cool last year,” Richman said. “This year is going to blow your mind.”
    The room is twice the size as last year’s, and that’s good news for those who are interested in going, because last year’s show sold out at 3,500, according to Richman. His goal this year, thanks to a larger room in the convention center, is 5,200.

    Even still, Richman says that they expect to sell out.

    “Last year we sold out the day before,” Richman said. “There may be tickets available at the door but we strongly advise you get them beforehand.”

    Speaking of tickets, they’re going for $35 and $60 for a VIP. The VIP treatment lets purchasers skip the line and get a suite of DayGlow swag including a DayGlow bag, shudder sunglasses, a bottle of paint, a DayGlow towel, and a DayGlow shirt.

    There will be a tent on the mall set up from today to Thursday this week from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. where tickets can be purchased. Debit and credit cards are accepted there too, but tickets are also available online at – just look for Tucson.

    If transportation is a concern, don’t worry – there will be a bus service just like at Richman’s last event, N9NE Fest. It costs $10 and passes for it can be purchased online. The bus will take you to and from the event. Pick ups are behind the Arizona-Sonora Residence Hall.

    As for the important part – the music – this year brings Porter Robinson, a 19-year-old DJ from North Carolina. While he may not be a widely known name at the moment, he is an up and comer, according to Richman.

    “He was just on tour with Tiësto,” Richman said. “He’s performed at events like EDC (Electric Daisy Carnival) and Ultra (Ultra Music Festival)…We’re really excited to have him as a part of DayGlow.”

    DayGlow, however, also falls on Halloween weekend and, while it’s still a paint party and wearing white is the most popular choice, Richman encourages anyone who wants to wear a costume to do so. Just be prepared to have it get a little messy.

    As for the future, Richman hinted at the possibility of some Halloween themed happenings at the show, but kept it purposefully vague.

    “We’re working on some secrets that are going to integrate Halloween in it,” Richman said. “So feel to wear your costume, feel free to just wear all white, but remember it’s Halloween weekend and have fun.”

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