Chicago’s own React Presents has announced the 2018 dates of the seventh annual Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF), which will take place June 8-10. SAMF, the largest strictly electronic music festival in the Midwest, will return to Adams/Medill Park in Chicago for the third year since its departure from its original destination, Soldier Field.
SAMF has hosted some of the most eminent names in EDM, including Skrillex, Diplo, and Dillon Francis over the years, rendering it a must-attend for Chicago’s electronic music lovers since its launch in 2012.
Discounted general admission and VIP early bird tickets are on sale Oct. 12-14 at their lowest price, available here.
Located in the heart of Chicago, Spring Awakening Music Festival will take place June 9-12 on the grassy fields of Addams/Medill Park. Fans will travel from all over the world to experience an epic lineup provides something for everyone.
With a weekend stacked with world renowned producers, the festival will play host to a plethora of unforgettable performances which can’t be missed. Though there are many exceptional artists playing this weekend which are not on this list, here are five artists which we recommend making a point to see.
Words by Kassi Chrysanthopoulos.
Featured photo via Spring Awakening.
Martin Garrix has had many stunning performances this year including a mind-blowing set at Ultra Music Festival as well as a captivating appearance at Coachella where he brought out Dua Lipa on stage to preform alongside of him for a thrilling surprise. He has dropped one hit after the other this year including his future bass masterpiece, “Scared to Be Lonely,” “Byte,” which showcases his signature infectious big room sound as well as a touching collaboration with Troye Sivan titled, “There For You.” With a ton of unreleased music rumored to be on the way, Martin Garrix’s set at Spring Awakening will be one for the books.
The mysterious masked DJ and producer, Malaa, has been in the spotlight for the last two years thanks to his sinister beats and incredibly raw performances. Playing at Ultra, Malaa dropped a set that was full of tracks from Tchami‘s Confession label, as well as several unreleased tracks. In the past year, the faceless artist also produced the anthemic “Bylina” and dropped his enigmatic, hourlong Illegal Mixtape. Malaa’s energy is bound to incite fans from all over the world this weekend at Spring Awakening.
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Louis The Child
Earlier in 2017, Louis The Child released their”Love Is Alive” with Elohim, featuring mesmerizing vocals, smooth percussion, and a rumbling bass line. The duo are known for their uplifting, feel-good sound that pull at the heart strings of their listeners. With an arsenal of euphoric music, and an impressive EP under their belt this year, Louis The Child’s set will be the perfect addition to a sunny summer’s day.
Party Favor‘s edgy, exhilarating and thrilling style has helped pioneer the festival trap genre with anthems such as “Bap U,” “Booty Loose,” and his latest release, “WAWA.” The Mad Decent regular delivers an energetic, innately danceable sound, and his high-energy live performances, such as his recent Ultra set, never fail to rile up the crowd in all the right ways.
Stratus have just created one of the most nightmarish tracks of the year thus far with “Eliminate Them.”
The dubstep track is as brilliant as it is utterly creepy. Stratus’ focus on building the drama of the track takes up the first third of the track, which makes the drop even more satisfying when it does hit. The producer’s attention to detail is what makes this track stand out. Though the drops are incredible portions of “Eliminate Them,” his builds in between are even more noteworthy.