We hate to say it but Summer is slowly coming to an end and with it goes our favorite festivals but not before one last hurrah: the North Coast Music Festival, also dubbed Summer’s Last Stand and they couldn’t be more correct. With a lineup that combines several genres of music within the confines of Union Park, there’s something for every music lover – that is unless you enjoy country music or death metal. Going into their fourth year, North Coast brings a special element to the Chicago festival scene that is unmatched due to their lineup curation which features appearances from Passion Pit, Wu-Tang, Afrojack, Nas, Lotus, Mac Miller, A-Trak, and then some. We suggest taking a look at the complete lineup otherwise we would be here awhile.
If you didn’t know already, it’s Labor Day Weekend. For those of you who are a little slow, that means no work on Monday so you’ve got that extra day of recovery in case you can’t party as hard as you used to. If some of you don’t have plans, we highly suggest picking up tickets and heading to Union Park to enjoy some of the finest tunes the music business has to offer. If that’s not convincing enough, we put together 20 reasons why you should spend your weekend with us at the North Coast Music Festival.
We’re preparing ourselves for our fourth straight North Coast Music Festival since its inception and couldn’t be more excited for Summer’s last music festival. With a ridiculous lineup combining Hip Hop, Rock, Electronic, and then some, North Coast always manages to set itself apart from everyone else and that my friends is a good thing. As usual, the festival ends around 10pm but don’t worry, there’s no shortage of aftershows to check out.
Our good friends at 1833 Presents hooked us up with a pair of tickets to giveaway to see Just Blaze and Young Chop at Bottom Lounge this Friday August 30th and you bet your ass it’s going to be a rowdy show. Doors open at 10pm and the show is 17+ for you youngin’s who are trying to catch some dirty beats. If you don’t win, be sure to snag your tickets here.
Tweet the following sentence to enter. A winner will be chosen on Thursday at 3pm.
“@IMFmag.com & @1833Presents, send me to see @justblaze and @youngchopbeatz at @thebottomlounge! RT to enter”
Update: Contest over.
Our good friends at 1833 Presents hooked us up with a pair of tickets to give away to see Travi$ Scott at Bottom Lounge this Friday, August 23rd with special guest LOUDPVCK. The show kicks off at 11pm and is 17+ for those of you youngin’s who want to catch a piece of the action. Tickets are selling like molly at an EDM show so make sure you go snag a pair if you don’t happen to win the contest. We’ll be choosing (1) winner by Thursday at 12pm.
Go snag your tickets here.
Friday August 23rd
Doors at 11:00PM | 17+
To enter tweet the following:
“IMFmag.com & @1833Presents are giving away tickets to see @trvisXX at Bottom Lounge Friday – RT to enter!”
Update: Contest over.
It’s been an incredible Summer in Chicago thus far and as things start to wind down we figured it would be a good idea to throw one of our infamous rooftop parties before it was too late. Linking up with our good friends Sin Label, we present you with Haus. It will be our one and only rooftop party of the Summer so we highly suggest not missing it. Our musical lineup includes Johnny Nonstop, Miranda Wright, C3HREEPO, zacherry, DJ Schnelle, and Noah Saltz. Expect some of the finest House, Hip-Hop, and EDM tunes.
Lastly, one of our favorite eateries in Chicago has decided to bless us with some grub because what party doesn’t need a little something to soak up that alcohol? Pie Eyed Pizzeria off of Chicago Avenue is our favorite go-to late night spot because their pizza is ridiculously good and because they’re our next door neighbor basically. As dinner approaches and the music and drinks keep flowing, Pie Eyed will greet us with some of that wholesome cheesy goodness. Be sure to stop by their shop at 1111 W Chicago Avenue and show them some love for being part of our final rooftop party this Summer.
It all goes down today at 2pm. See you on the roof!
Another wild journey through Lollapalooza has come and gone and with it comes great memories, but some people didn’t come out of it so lucky. Yes I’m talking to you pre-pubescent teenagers who found themselves with their hands down their pants all over the internet. Regardless, Lollapalooza brings all walks of life to Chicago’s beautiful Grant Park and when you bring that many different people together, wild things are bound to happen.
Adding a second notch in my Lollapalooza belt this year, I was much happier with the experience I had this year compared to last. Being no stranger to the festival scene, I always go into things with an open mind but sometimes the light at the end of the tunnel isn’t what you had hoped – this being the case with Lolla 2012. This year was much different and while there are still things we don’t enjoy, you could apply these examples to other festivals throughout the states. Now without further delay, lets get into the nitty gritty of why we love Lollapalooza, hate Lollapalooza, and why we just can’t seem to keep ourselves away.
Every Summer in Chicago there are festivals upon festivals, but one in particular stands out above the rest. Say hello to Wavefront – the only beachside festival held in Chicago on the beautiful Montrose Beach. With appearances from Fatboy Slim, Diplo, Justice, Maya Jane Coles, and Dubfire to name a few, Wavefront curated a festival unlike all of the rest.
I put together a little recap video to give everyone a glimpse through my eyes and to show those of you who couldn’t make it what you missed. They’re only in their second year and I’d say for being two years old, they’re doing pretty well. There’s always room for improvement and improvements are most necessary after the disorganization I experienced but its all about the music, and that my friends is what we enjoyed the most. Until next year.
Here in Chicago a few of my friends have been hard at work over the past year developing something pretty damn cool and it’s time to introduce you. Say hello to Sin Label, a Chicago-based live music production company, reaching beyond the capabilities of the physical world through a new digital platform – connecting fans, artists, venues, and promoters to create a streamlined live music experience.
“We go way beyond promoting to fans, we’re a resource for artists to build their fan base and for talent buyers to book with confidence,” says SinLabel’s founder Danny Schwartz. “We want to make sure fans are seeing more of their favorite music, artists are getting booked for more shows, and venues are being packed.”
SinLabel’s unique digital approach gathers and filters real-time user behavior to attract and connect fans, aid promoters, book artists, and pack venues. The beta platform is currently in testing and is set to publicly launch in Fall 2013. The company is currently raising funds to complete their initial development stages through their crowd-funding campaign.
Stay tuned because there’s a lot more to come.
With festival season well under way, Electric Forest – the epitome of the Summer music festival has come to a close leaving attendees yearning for more. As everyone returns home, we’re left to re-live the memories through our photos, the images painted in our head, and the words of writers across the globe. For us, looking back at our journey into the forest is one of wonderment. Reality just seems a little less colorful after leaving the Double JJ Ranch, but that’s to be expected after spending four days on another planet. This year we saw the forest grow in size, the return of Pretty Lights, a new version of the Saloon, the addition of The Observatory, and so much more. I think it’s safe to say Insomniac and Madison House Presents know how to do a music festival right and I know over 20,000 people who would agree.
At Electric Forest there is no shortage of things to see, hear, or do which is why it was incredibly hard to put together a list of our top memories from this years festival, but it had to be done. Operating on little to no time schedule regardless of a few sets, our path was paved through exploration which is exactly what Insomniac and Madison House aim to have you do. We did just that and the outcome was yet another set of smiles on our faces and amazing experiences forever engrained in our minds. Follow us after the jump as we re-live our top memories from Electric Forest 2013.