Just when you thought Chicago already had enough events (kidding), comes the 2012 Riot Fest & Carnival. The brainchild of promoters Michael Petryshyn and Sean McKeough, Riot Fest brings fans of all ages together to celebrate rock, indie and punk from every era. The fest has become well-known for reuniting influential underground artists and has quickly become one of the top music destination festivals in the U.S. for fans.
Now in its 8th year, the music festival will expand for the first-time ever into an outdoor music event and carnival in 2012 in its hometown of Chicago. Flanked by a handful of hip neighborhoods including Wicker Park and the Division Street corridor, Humboldt Park will accommodate the large carnival atmosphere featuring three main music stages, thrilling rides, games, vendors and gourmet food trucks on the park grounds with stunning views of downtown Chicago. Sounds amazing right? We’ll definitely be hitting this as we wrap up our 2012 festival season. We suggest you come and check it out as well.
Oh, and for those of you who aren’t in Chicago, the festival will head to multiple cities, including: Penn’s Landing; Brooklyn, NY September 8 at Williamsburg Park; Toronto, ON September 9 at Fort York: Garrison Common; and Dallas, TX September 22 at Gexa Energy Pavilion.
Hit the jump to read more about the day-to-day breakdown of the Chicago stop!
The 2012 Mad Decent Block Party hits several major cities across the states this Summer and one of the stops is Chicago. We’ll be blessed with performances from Tanlines, Action Bronson, Bonde Do Role, and many more. Compared to previous years, the lineup we get isn’t the best, but it’s free so I’m not complaining. The only other problem is that it’s all ages and those little ones are known to cause a ruckus (see Flosstradamus being banned by CPD for almost starting a riot). Either way, get your drink on and go check out some great tunes.
Our Lolla-takeover week is well underway and we’ve got more giveaway goodness to throw out to our readers thanks to our friends at React Presents. After hooking you up with tickets to see Calvin Harris and Nero with Die Antwoord, we’ve got one last show that you’re going to want to go see. How about checking out Zeds Dead and Big Gigantic at Congress Theater Saturday night? We’re pretty sure you won’t want to miss it. For those of you who don’t win, you can head over to ClubTix to snag a pair before it sells out, otherwise try your luck in our contest.
To enter the contest to win (2) tickets to Zeds Dead & Big Gigantic on Saturday August 4th, tweet the sentence below. Winner will be chosen at 11:00am CST tomorrow!
@IMFmag.com & @ReactPresents are giving away tix to Zeds Dead & Big Gigantic this Saturday at @congresstheater! Retweet to enter!
Update: Contest over. Congrats to Joshua Luft!
After successfully transforming Spring Awakening from a one-night event to a 3-day music festival, React Presents is ready to introduce fans to the first annual Summer Set Music and Camping Festival. Set in Somerset, Wisconsin the weekend of August 24th-26th, it’s the perfect way to close out your summer. Headlining this year’s festival will be Pretty Lights, Umphrey’s Mcgee, Big Gigantic with special performances by hip-hop legends Nas and Black Star (Mos Def & Talib Kweli). Also included on the bill are major players like GRiZ, Infected Mushroom, MSTRKRFT, Zed’d Dead and RJD2 with Break Science.
Combining this stacked line-up with three stages, dance parties taking place in a 3,000 capacity hockey rink and a lazy river bordering the grounds, it’s promised to be a good time. The music will begin Friday at 3pm and goes till 2am on Sunday. After-parties will take place on the grounds each night as the festival comes to an end.
You can purchase General Admission and VIP tickets from Clubtix. Additional tickets will need to be purchased for camping. Campers will have two options for camping, VIP and General Admission (more info).
IMF Mag and React Presents have teamed up to giveaway one pair of 3-day General Admission passes (2 tickets). All you need to do is follow the directions below to eneter. We’ll be announcing a winner on Friday, August 10th.
1. Head over to the IMF Facebook page, click the ‘Like’ button.
2. Post your favorite picture from this summer (that you took) on our wall with a caption of where it’s from.
3. All submissions must be entered by August 9th, 9:00pm CST. We’ll announce the winner on August 10th.
Summer Set Music & Camping Festival: Website | Facebook | Twiiter
I’ve encountered some sort of EDM overload lately which I attribute to the heavy doses of womps and wobbles I took at Electric Forest and Spring Awakening. Since WebMd has not been able to give me a cure for too much bass in my face I decided to take it upon myself to self medicate my ears with some smoother sounds at the Pitchfork Music Festival. The Pitchfork tastemakers didn’t skip a beat this year bringing an incredible lineup of hip hop and indie acts to town for an unbelievable weekend of music, fashion, and hipsters. This was my first year attending the festival and it was just what the doctor should have ordered for my EDM overload.
“If you a trill bitch get your motherfucking hands up”
I was indeed a trill bitch and arrived just in time for the A$AP mob to request my hands in the air before a rowdy rendition of “Pretty Flacko.” Since I missed the opening of his set I decided to quickly make my way into the thick of the crowd in order to get the full effect of the madness. Luckily I was schooled in all things A$AP Rocky by Zwalkk since the debut of his mixtape late last year and was easily able to part the seas of bodies spitting along with Rocky and bopping to the beats as I made my way front and center. As the rain started pouring I looked around to see a familiar scene of a high school and college aged crowd dancing wildly to “Bass” and shooting finger glocks in the air. I was home.
Continue reading our Pitchfork recap after the jump.
With an incredible influx of music festivals happening all across the states due to this whole “EDM invasion” or whatever you want to call it, more and more festivals are popping up but lacking key elements to make them memorable. Sure the music will be great (maybe), sure you’ll see a few of your favorite artists, but is the festival really creating an experience that will leave a lasting impression on your psyche? Probably not. Two companies however seem to have all their ducks in a row and fully grasp what it takes to create the ultimate festival experience, Insomniac and Madison House Presents. Together, they brought 20,000 music lovers the second year of the Electric Forest Music Festival and we’re pretty sure it won’t be the last time either.
Perhaps best known now for its unparalleled attention to the seamless integration of music, art and community, Electric Forest continually takes the festival experience to the next level. The festival’s now-legendary Sherwood Forest, located in the heart of the festival site, each year raises the bar of patron expectations with its state-of-the-art, jaw-dropping light displays, intricate and earthy artful touches, and everything in between. – Madison House Presents
And they couldn’t be more correct. We embarked on a four day journey to the forest complete with a 13-car caravan, tents, food, and more boxes of glow toys than we knew what to do with. Follow us as we recap our journey to Electric Forest.
Goldenvoice has announced S.S. Coachella. Just like Holy Ship and Jam Cruise, the S.S. Coachella will be a music festival at sea. The S.S. Coachella will run for 2-consecutive cruises, to the Bahamas on December 16-19, and Jamaica on the 19-23rd. Acts that have been announced to date are Pulp, Hot Chip, Yeasayer, Girl Talk, James Murphy, Sleigh Bells, Simian Mobile Disco, Z-Trip, !!!, Warpaint, DJ Harvey, El-P, Killer Mike, Black Lips, Gaslamp Killer, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Jason Bentley, Rapture, Father John Misty, Tokimonsta and Alf Alpha. Tickets go on sale this Saturday at 10AM PST.
It’s hard to believe we’re already in mid-July, but this only means the music festival scene is in full affect. The good folks at Pitchfork Media have once again organized a great weekend for the city of Chicago and concert goers with their seventh annual Pitchfork Music Festival. The festival, which takes place in Union Park, July 13-15, promises to live up to and exceed expectations as the line-up is filled with a plethora of well-known up-and-coming artists. With over 20,000 people in attendance each day in the past, it is definitely something you won’t want to miss. The three day event showcases over 40 independent bands and artists on three separate stages. The reasonably priced festival has long been known for offering attendees a comfortable and upbeat experience.