North Coast boasts diverse 2018 lineup featuring Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, Jamiroquai & more

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Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival unveiled the diverse lineup for its ninth edition, returning to Union Park August 31–September 2.

This year’s headliners include Jamiroquai, Miguel, Axwell ^ Ingrosso, DJ Snake, The Revivalists, and Yellow Claw.

Additional artists performing at “Summer’s Last Stand” include Vulfpeck, Snails, RL Grime, Gramatik, and more. This year, North Coast will also debut all-new daily showcases curated by industry collectives, showing off the best sounds in hip-hop, house, rock, and beyond with sets from the likes of The Cool Kids, Lyrical Lemonade, and more.

Tickets and more information are available here.

Featured Photo Credit: Michele D’Amaro

North Coast Music Festival [Your EDM Event Recap]

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The expansive stretch of grass on the surface of Chicago’s Union Park emitted a thick scent of mud and greenery on Saturday and Sunday mornings after the evenings before them had given the earth beneath a moment to breathe from the thousands of dancing and jumping music patrons that had tamped it down over the beginning of Labor Day Weekend. The bare shoulders, necks and arms of North Coast Music Festival’s buzzing attendees came as measures of defiance against the blistering sun that shot down onto the mostly shade-less pits in front of the two largest of the event’s six stages.

Herds of young people pushed and wove through the masses that remained in droves in front of the caravans of food vendors, many donning colorful plastic bracelets stacked up to the elbow and beaten up caps saturated with their collection of shining metal pins. The accessories acted as a roadmap for passersby, a winding glimpse toward the many other music events that had preceded their presence at this one.


Heavy, rumbling bass frequencies from the main stages overlapped and combined to rattle the loose windows of cars that populated the nearly stationary blocks surrounding the park as they were hurried along by whistling police officers draped in vests of highlighter yellow and orange. Once inside the fences, past the layers of frantic security detail and ticketing personnel, the broadcasted sounds from each of the simultaneous performances segregated themselves into discernible sources.

One only had to follow the noise of their preferred act to reach the correct stage and begin the final day of the festival.


As day turned to night, and the sophisticated and complex lighting arrangements began to emerge, towering plumes of smoke and fire erupted from the down stage machinery in time with the most powerful moments of the performances. Immense laser lights pierced through the darkness and created low ceilings of shimmering colors above the pulsating crowds as the event’s headlining acts ushered an unbroken sea of bobbing heads and arms to the park’s most central space.

Chants, screams and percussive yelps echoed through the crowd as the final moments of Zedd’s closing set winded down on Sunday evening. When the music finally stopped and the warm house lights illuminated the park, the volume of thousands of conversations and murmurs maintained the feeling of grandeur and collective energy while trickling streams of attendees edged their way toward the exits.


The street corners, curbs, and shops outside of Union Park quickly became resting places for patrons until they were able to find their way home or to the next party. Taxis and rideshare vehicles whizzed past the rows of crossed feet that dangled into the street, coming to eventual halts wherever an outstretched arm beckoned them. The sidewalks were left strewn with discarded event programs, energy drink cans and bracelets too loose to cling to the wrists of the distracted attendees.

Over the fence, clean-up crews and event staff hunched and waddled across the grass, clearing debris and returning the humble city oasis back to its proper state before the morning.


Photos by Georgia Modi

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North Coast Music Festival Announces After Parties with Zedd, Sleigh Bells, Baauer, Umphrey’s McGee, and More!

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With barely a month to go until North Coast Music Festival is underway it is crazy to think of where the time has gone this past summer. And while that can be a bitter sweet reminder for some it is important to remember how lucky we are here in Chicago to be able to have summer’s last stand right in our own backyard and North Coast knows we will want to keep the party going as long as possible after the festival ends which is why they released a killer list of after parties taking place across the city during that Labor Day weekend. And just in case you haven’t gotten a peak at the full lineup for the event than don’t worry, just check it out below.


  • Sleigh Bells (DJ Set) – Cerise Rooftop at the Virgin Hotels (21+)
  • Baauer – the MID (21+)
  • Galantis (DJ Set) – Prysm Nightclub (21+)
  • Louis Futon – Bottom Lounge (18+)
  • Saturday

  • Umphrey’s McGee – Concord Music Hall (18+)
  • Keys N Krates (DJ Set) – the MID (21+)
  • Ty Dolla $ign – Prysm Nightclub (21+)
  • Joey Purp & Saba with Ravyn Renae – Bottom Lounge (18+)
  • Sunday

  • Vulfpeck & TAUKing McGee – Concord Music Hall (18+)
  • Sam Feldt – the MID (21+)
  • Zedd – Prysm Nightclub (21+)
  • Farley Jackmaster Funk, Jesse Saunders, Gene Farris & More – Transit (21+)
  • All tickets for these events can be purchased on the Clubtix website and both GA and VIP tickets for North Coast are still available as well here.

    And while we may be less than a month from festivities kicking off some of you may be already itching to get your groove one (which is totally understandable) so in the mean time you can attempt to hold yourself over by listening to the official Spotify playlist for the fest!


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    Source: North Coast Music Festival Announces After Parties with Zedd, Sleigh Bells, Baauer, Umphrey’s McGee, and More!