So it’s about that time for another IMF rooftop party here in Chicago and this time we’ve linked up with MACandSMASH.com to bring you yet another amazing event. We’ve brought back some of our resident DJ’s (Donteh Bashful, C3HREEPO, Peysa) and added a few new ones into the mix: Manic Focus, Kody Madro, and Miranda Wright. It all goes down this Saturday, 1pm at the IMF rooftop. It’s going to be hot and we’ll have some wet activities to keep you cool as you hear some of the finest tunes that Chicago’s DJ’s have to offer.
In related news, we’ll be giving away tickets to the Spring Awakening Festival in just a moment so stay tuned for those details. The winner will be announced at SUMMEROUSE! Grab some liquor, beer, or whatever strikes your fancy and we’ll see you on Saturday!
I woke up from a much needed ten-hour sleep to find myself feeling surprisingly well. Today was the third and final day of the festival, and I was ready to get going. We decided to leave a little later today and took the 2 PM. The train wasn’t nearly as crowded as Saturday, but I wasn’t worried; I knew it would still be busy. We strolled right through check-in this time around, with no wait. It looked like we were the early arrivers but I was wrong. The place was packed already, possibly even more so than Saturday.
We immediately danced on over to the cicruitGROUNDS tent, which today was hosted by JACKED. Bobby Burns had already begun spinnin’ his tracks, and the tent was packed. I had never seen him before but you could instantly tell that his style and mannerisms were similar to Afrojack’s, since they’ve spent a lot of time together producing their signature track “Ghettoblaster”. His 90-minute set started off the day with a bang, and it was only about to get better.
Hit the break for the rest of Day 3!
Saturday began with waking up early and and getting a backpack full of festival essentials including a towel, extra t-shirt and a handful of other things. Arriving at Penn Station on Saturday was unlike I’ve ever seen it before, there were more people there than a season opener for a Jets or Giants game. It was packed full of fellow ravers, guys decked out in neon clothing, sunglasses, and catchy t-shirts while the girls appeared to be wearing as little clothing as possible, mostly bathing suit tops and booty shorts, which i always entertaining. Once the track was announced, the rush to the train was like a stampede of people swarming into BestBuy on Black Friday; the madness was insane.
Once all the seats were taken, the isles began to fill in until there was no more room. After a 30-minute ride to the stadium, everyone ran off of the train like it was on fire. We ran up to the entrance only to be greeted by a sea of people already waiting in line. You could feel the bass from each one of the four stages, pounding the parking lot concrete, where the majority of the festival took place. The rumble sounded like it was an earthquake, but it’s NY and we don’t get earthquakes, except for the one last summer. The line to enter only took about 20 minutes, but felt like hours. Once we passed through the security, we were free to run within the confines of the stadium and its parking lots. The smiles on people’s faces are unforgettable; it was a surreal feeling walking into the heart of the festival; something I’ll never forget.
We began our day meeting up with friends at the “Snoopy Statue”, which is MetLife’s mascot. It was a great central meeting point, located in between the parking lot and MetLife Stadium. It was also one of the only places you had cell phone service, so finding people proved almost impossible anywhere else.
After taking two trains and a bus from New York City, I finally arrived at MetLife Stadium to what looked like a rather small gathering. After quickly going through check-in and security, I was released onto the festival grounds which was absolutely massive. The layout of the grounds quickly brought me back to when Electric Daisy Carnival was located in Los Angeles: the multiple stages located outside the stadium with one enormous stage located on the actual field! The event organizers, Insomniac and Pacha, had expected almost 100,000 fans in attendance over three days but they had anticipated Friday being on the lighter side due to the way tickets were sold this year. I decided to quickly canvas the ground to do a quick comparison to both Los Angeles and Las Vegas and what I saw was satisfying: there would be pyrotechnics, hundreds of costumed theatrical performers, interactive art installations, carnival rides, special effects galore and of course, world-class talent! At this point, I realized that once again Insomniac has cloned one of North America’s best music festivals and delivered it to the Northeast!
The third annual North Coast Music Festival is still a few months away but today marks the announcement of the second wave for Summer’s Last Stand! Joining this year’s already stacked lineup will be Chicago’s own Umphrey’s McGee, Knife Party (Thanks Lolla!), Paul Oakenfold, Chuckie, Yelawolf, EOTO, Future Rock, Boombox, People Under The Stairs and a few more! This is exactly what we were looking for from the festival organizers! These additional acts will add some more flavor to the already tasty lineup! Check out the full lineup here!
Wednesday, May 2nd, IMF joined Hustle Simmons & A.G. Public Relations in hopes of shedding light on all of the senseless violence taking place in the Chicagoland Area. Along with a group of celebrity panelists (Malik Yusef, Dasan Robinson, Earl Bennett & more) we spent an afternoon with the students of Marshall High School on the city’s westside. You can check out a brief recap video above.
We’ll be heading to Frazier and Ruiz Elementary School’s for Part II of Hustlepalooza Increase The Peace Day next week! For more info hit the jump.
It seems like as soon as Coachella started making it’s way out of everyday conversations, the organizers behind the event are back with the announcement of Coachella 2013.
Once again the festival will take place over two consecutive weekends – April 12-14 and April 19-21. The first round of tickets will go on sale tomorrow at 12PM CST. Tickets will be available starting at $349 for General Admission and increase depending on what package you would like. Tomorrow is also the only opportunity to take advantage of the Coachella Purchase Plan. With ticket prices being that hefty, it’s convenient they have added what we call the “wookie-plan.” All the information you need to purchase next year’s tickets can be found here.
Live Nation has purchased Cream Holdings, the British company behind the European festival, Creamfields. Along with this announcement on Wednesday morning, Live Nation also said that James Barton, Cream’s founder, will become the president of its Live Nation Electronic Music division. This is a true testament of how important electronic dance music is to the concert industry. With Live Nation acquiring such a European powerhouse, we expect them to be bring some new festivals to key markets in North America. Stay tuned for more details!