words and art by dEMOx
Bands, DJs and Producers have all made Chicago home for a couple hours and left. We’ve raged hours on end into the early morn. Fighting off the cold we’ve been cramped into sweaty tiny venues moving together as one. But far into the distance [thump… snare… thump, thump, snare] Can you hear it, way off into the distance? That subtle bass.
Ah yes, that’s right. Now you hear it. Close your eyes. Just past the high-rises. There’s a faint thumping and rhythmic gyrating energy of motion in the air. It still resonates throughout the collective bass congregation of Chicago. We’ve come full circle, survived the arctic chill and escaped the grasp of old man winter. And our reward, our ecstasy that utopia of sound bringing everyone back to the city for three incredible days under the blazing sun… Spring Awakening 2013, we await your return!
Building on last year’s epic format the Spring Awakening is set to return to Soldier Field to wreak havoc once again. Expanding now to a three day festival [June 14th, 15th and 16th] React Presents is flexing some serious EDM muscles to bring out headliners like the low frequency entity that they call Bassnectar, international UK mega star Calvin Harris, and last years Spring Awakening greatest surprise, the bald headed zen master Moby [DJ].
However it’s not only the headliners that fill the time in-between with incredible memories. The line up alone reads with over 100+ acts from all over the world. Boys Noize, Carnage, 12th Planet, Showtek, Gramatik, Chuckie, Bingo Players, Excision, Tommy Trash, Felix Da Housecat and of course Chicago’s own original dons Flosstradamus, the trolling trio of Krewella to the wild boys of Team Bayside High. And I almost forgot to mention, there are a ton of after parties featuring legendary acts that we’ll get into after the break.
Can You Dig It?! I Said Can Yooouu Diiig it! Well, lets hit the break and jump right into this definitive guide as we guide you through this orchestrated chaos of after parties, what to bring, places to fill your belly and everything you’ll need to have the most memorable experience ever.