Chicago’s Mamby on the Beach canceled just a month shy of event

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Since 2015, Chicago has drawn top-tier talent to its beaches with Mamby on the Beach. Unfortunately, just a month shy of its fifth year, the festival has been forced to cancel its 2019 iteration.

In a statement posted to social media platforms on July 19, festival organizers announced the cancellation, citing “unforeseen circumstances” like rising water levels on Lake Michigan, along with the arrival of a federally protected species of bird, the Great Lakes Piping Plover.

“Despite working tirelessly with the Chicago Park District and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services to find a new location, moving the festival at this late a date, while still providing a superior beach event experience, would be impossible and a disservice to fans and artists alike,” the festival announced in their statement.

The festival was scheduled to take place at Montrose Beach on Aug. 23 and 24 and featured a lineup that included ZHU, a 3D set from Flying Lotus, Virtual Self, and many more. Would-be attendees will receive full refunds. Read the full statement below.

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Mamby On The Beach shares new location and lineup: ZHU, Virtual Self, Phantogram + more

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A wealth of new developments are in store for the fifth anniversary of Mamby On The Beach, a lakefront favorite festival for Chicago’s niche music lovers.

This year, the double-day alcove of electronic, indie, and hip-hop acts will move to Montrose Beach on Chicago’s North side August 23-24. Splashed across three stylized stages, the 2019 lineup boasts headliners ZHU, a 3D set from Flying Lotus, Virtual Self, and more.

From the festival’s abundant undercard, indie electronic crossover duo, Phantogram will make a stop at Mamby amid their summer tour with Bob Moses, who will precede their tour partners at the Beach Stage August 24. Fervent up-and-comers Eli & Fur, SOFI TUKKER, Robotaki, and Kasbo appear on this year’s installment alongside longtime electronic eminence like Justin Martin and Sylvan Esso. Several artists from the forthcoming installment have still yet to be announced. However, it’s clear Mamby-goers are in prime position for a pristine fifth pursuit of beach-friendly reverie this summer season.

Two-day, single-day, VIP, and GA passes to Mamby are available here.

2019 Lineup (more to be announced):

A R I Z O N A
BOB MOSES
BROCKHAMPTON
DJ SEINFELD
ELI & FUR
ELTON
EMPRESS OF
FLYING LOTUS 3D
JOHN SUMMIT
JUSTIN MARTIN
KASBO
MANIFEST
MASTERIA
NAO
PAPG G
PHANTOGRAM
PHANTOMS
QUINN XCII
ROBOTAKI
ROOSEVELT
SAM GELLAITRY
SANTIGOLD
SMILES DAVIS
SOFI TUKKER
SOSUPERSAM
SUMMER WALKER
SYLVAN ESSO 
THE ACES
TIM BARESKO
TROYE SIVAN
VIRTUAL SELF
WAJATTA (Reggie Watts x John Tejada)
WASHED OUT (DJ SET)
WINDY CITY SOUL CLUB
YOKE LORE
YOUNG FRANCO
ZHU

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Mamby On The Beach Announces Diverse And Inclusive Lineup

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Chicago’s beachside summer music festival, Mamby On The Beach, returns for its fifth year on August 23rd and 24th. The fifth anniversary of the festival, which began by featuring musical acts from an assortment of genres, has grown to represent a more diverse and inclusive lineup than ever before. This year’s headliners are Brockhampton, ZHU,

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Spring Awakening reveals rosters for curated Anjunabeats, AMFAMFAMF, and Bass Kitchen stages

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Chicago’s premiere electronic music festival, Spring Awakening, has rolled out the official lineup for its branded stages: Destructo‘s All My Friends footing, an Anjunabeats onslaught, and SAMF’s longtime staple, the Bass Kitchen.

Anjuna will activate the three-day weekend, Friday, June 7, flaunting a fearsome inventory of trance, progressive, and melodic house from the likes of Spencer Brown, Andrew Bayer, Tinlicker, and more. Saturday will see the signature Bass Kitchen up in sweet sonic flames with a little help from Liquid Stranger, Dion Timmer, Spag Heddy, and more talent from the trap/dubstep dominion. Finally, Destructo will quite literally bring All his Friends for an AMFAMFAMF takeover Sunday, hallmarked by a performance by the label boss himself, Dombresky, Matroda, Dillon Nathaniel, and more in the bass-infused house hierarchy.

Spring Awakening, this year headlined by Excision, REZZ, Illenium, DJ Snake, Martin Garrix, just to name a few, is setting up shop for the first time at its new home in Hoffman Estates, the 27-acre Poplar Creek, June 7-9.

Tickets to Spring Awakening, the full lineup, and additional festival information are available here.

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Spring Awakening reveals multifarious undercard: Andrew Bayer, Chris Lake, TroyBoi, + more

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After confirming its new location and official headliners earlier this week, Spring Awakening Music Festival has released the remainder of the lustrous 2019 lineup.

Spring Awakening’s undercard, though there’s hardly anything lowly about it, spans some of the most accomplished names in techno, house, trance, and bass music. Anjuna-adept festival-goers will notice the generous number of names from Above & Beyond‘s hallowed home for all things trance and house music to celebrate the Anjuna-branded stage that will land at SAMF this year along with a menagerie of native talent, from longtime veteran Andrew Bayer to former The M Machine member, Luttrell, who just released his first album with the label’s subsidiary imprint, Anjunadeep. From Spring Awakening’s subterranean bass caverns will spawn Liquid Stranger, Rusko, TroyBoi, G Jones, and more across the sweeping, 60-artist ticket.

Announced earlier this week, Spring Awakening 2019’s headliners GRiZ, REZZ, Martin Garrix, DJ Snake, Zedd, and Illenium will touch down at Hoffman Estate’s Poplar Creek for the festival’s first year at its expansive new location June 7-9.

Tickets to Spring Awakening are available here.

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Spring Awakening 2019 Lineup And New Location Announced

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Spring Awakening Music Festival has dropped the lineup for 2019. The eighth year of the festival will bring headliners DJ Snake, GRiZ, Illenium, Martin Garrix, Rezz, and Zedd. The three day festival will bring in over 60 incredible artists across multiple stages. This year’s Branded Stage showcases will be hosted by Destructo’s AMFAMFAMF (All My

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Spring Awakening to host DJ Snake, REZZ, Zedd, Martin Garrix, and more at new suburban location

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The Midwest’s heftiest, strictly electronic music festival, Spring Awakening, will be taking its talents to the northwest suburbs of Chicago for its 2019 iteration, which includes an impressive-as-ever top of the ticket: DJ Snake, REZZ, Martin Garrix, Zedd, Illenium, and GRiZ.

The Hoffman Estates-held Spring Awakening will run June 7-9 at Poplar Creek, a 27-acre property (more than double that of 2018’s grounds, Addams/Medill Park). The new locale will likely equip the fest with the means to reduce noise pollution, overcrowding, cramped stage setups, and additional space-oriented festival conundrums. Since its first year as a multi-day festival, Spring Awakening has seen two different venue shifts. It was initially held in downtown Chicago at the hallowed Solider Field from 2012-2015.

Past installments of the React Presents hallmark event brought the likes of Alison Wonderland, Tiësto, Adventure Club, Skrillex, Dillon Francis, and Zeds Dead, just to name a few. This year’s chapter is expected to feature some 90 artists throughout its three-day span.

The entirety of the lineup is set for announcement Friday, March 15. Tickets to Spring Awakening are on sale now, here.

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[Q&A] North Coast’s founder, Michael Berg, talks new developments and acquired wisdom

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Every year, some of Chicago’s most all-embracing EDM, funk, rap/hip-hop, and indie event promoters—Silver Wrapper, Metronome, and Cold Grums—unite to piece together “summer’s last stand,” North Coast Music Festival. Since 2010, the festival has returned to Union Park each Labor Day Weekend to house not only world-class acts from nearly every crevice of the musical continuum (deadmau5, Widespread Panic, Portugal The Man, Gucci Mane, Pretty Lights—just to name a few), but also a myriad of visual art installations, ranging from a live, psychedelic graffiti demonstration from Chris Dyer to a unique pop up gallery showcasing solely local Chicagoans.

Tucked between some of Chicago’s most vibrant and energetic neighborhoods, including Wicker Park, West Town, West Loop, and Pilsen, North Coast’s Union Park atmosphere is a happy paradox: a serene, intimate park setting, encapsulated by trees, penetrated by the awe-inspiring urban skyline seen overhead and some of the most in-demand performances of the summer. This year, North Coast touts a larger focus, including its first-time poolside pre-party each day, which itself will host a number of installations, as well as a stark increase of visual performers, like the Bam Creates crew.

Co-founder of North Coast, Silver Wrapper talent buyer, and longtime Manic Focus manager, Michael Berg, sat down with Dancing Astronaut to discuss how the festival has grown throughout its nine years of successfully capping off the brimming Chicago summer events season. He explains how the festival has garnered its serial-attendees by catering to the “original coasties,” who tend to prefer jam and indie acts—like this year’s securing of The Revivalists and funk legend, Jamiroquai, in his first midwest performance in over a decade—while not making the mistake of neglecting the younger crowd, booking budding Chicago rapper Juice Wrld and fan-favorite dance acts like DJ Snake, RL Grime, and Axwell ^ Ingrosso.

What was your initial vision for the festival? Did it turn out the way you conceived it nine years ago?

It did at first. What I’ve noticed is as the market and the festival landscape changes, our goals are shifting with them. As our fanbase ages, things change. We’re still very proud of it. It’s definitely under a metamorphosis right now.

Can you expand on that?

I think that if you went to the festival in the first year, and you were 21-years-old, now you’re 30. That’s a big difference in life as far as maturity and priorities. We’ve always tried to curate the show with a little bit of a younger audience in mind. When we’ve leaned toward the older demographic’s music in the past, it hasn’t translated as well.

But we really saw a different response this year with some of the stuff that we booked. It made us realize that our fans are growing up. You just have to be conscious of who you’re servicing, which goes all the way up and down the ladder from the artists and their agents, to the lifeline of the festival, the fans, who buy the tickets and represent the brand.

We want to be loyal to the original coasties; but we also want to find the balance between doing that and keeping forward-thinking, like booking acts that are maybe for our undercard this year, but are maybe going to be headliners in a year or two. A lot of times the people we book [for North Coast] a year later, will be on the main stage at Lollapalooza.

Aside from lineup curation, what other areas would you say the event has evolved in over the years?

Definitely the experiential part has changed dramatically. We’ve got a much bigger presence of visual performers and art installations. Something we’re introducing this year that we’ve never done before is a daily pool party. There will be a full curation of art inside the pool. It’s just going to be for a few hundred people per day, including the artists and their guests. But a few hundred people per day will have the opportunity to buy tickets to come to this four or five hour pool party. Bam Creates is going to take over the art and do a lot with that.

The one limitation we have with it is that the festival ends at 10 pm every night. There’s only so many hours of darkness, so the types of installations that we have at something like Suwannee Hulaween, our other festival down in Florida, where things glow at night or things with fire, we can’t really do as much of that at North Coast because the majority of the fest is daylight. So you have to do installations and activations that work in the day time.

What about the venue and the location has kept you there since the first year in 2010?

First of all, we have a great relationship with the city and the park district. It’s really just the perfect location and the perfect size for this type of show. The majority of people who are coming to this show, probably 85 percent, are coming from the greater Chicago area. If you’re looking at Chicago proper, it’s right in the middle of West Town, the West Loop, Wicker Park, Bucktown, Lincoln Park, Pilsen—all those neighborhoods that are hot spots. It’s very centrally located: easy to find parking, it’s right off a train line. If you’re coming from Northbrook, or you’re coming from the West suburbs or the South Suburbs, it’s right off the highway.

The neighborhood has been generally welcoming of us. So, it’s kind of one of those things like if it’s not broken don’t fix it. If we were to sell out in advance five years in a row, maybe we would consider moving up to a bigger location, but it seems to sell out by the weekend of the fest every year. It feels like we have the right size park for the right size crowd that we’re generating.

Another thing that I really like about it is it is a park and a lot of the festivals in the city feel very urban. North Coast is definitely an urban festival, but there’s still trees and it still feels like a park when you’re there. I love how when you’re watching the main stage, you can see the Willis/Sears Tower poking up beyond the trees. So it’s just this little visual reminder that you’re in the city of Chicago.

What’s the thought process behind the lineup, stylistically? I know a lot of people see it as a predominately electronic fest, but you guys bring so much variety.

It’s a pretty diverse festival. If you look at our top ten acts this year, there is definitely a handful of electronic acts. You’ve got Axwell ^ Ingresso, DJ Snake, Yellow Claw. On the immediate undercard, you’ve got RL Grime. So those are clearly our big dance acts. But then you also have Jimaroquai, Moon Taxi, Vulfpeck and the Revivalists, the Strumbrellas, and Robert DeLong which are more alternative, funky, indie types. Then Friday, we’ve got Miguel, who, on paper, is an r&b act, but if you’ve ever seen him, he’s more of a like a live act who plays with a sick full band. Then on the undercard that day you’ve got Byrce Vine, and Juice Wrld who is just exploding right now, a local Chicago guy in that emo rap/r&b style that’s so big right now.

On Sunday, we’ve got the return of Jamiroquai to Chicago for the first time since 2005. It’s the Midwest exclusive for them. I don’t know if you’ve ever seen, but he’s a huge 13-piece funk orchestra. It’s gonna’ be crazy and will close out the festival as the final set of the weekend. He’s doing five shows in the states for the first time in 13 years, and the only one that’s not on one of the coasts is us. It’s special to us as event curators that they chose us as their Chicago show.

We really are a diverse festival. I think there was more of an electronic presence early on. But right now it’s not too much of just one thing.

What other areas have you guys tried to improve on in more recent years?

If you look at the schedule, it all makes a little more sense. We’ve really honed in on, like if you’re there for dance music, and you get there at 2 pm you go from this stage to this stage and then you stay at one stage for the last two, or whatever it is. Or on the other hand, if you’re there for jam bands, you start at one stage then go over here for two sets. Basically every hour there’s non-conflicting stuff for you to see. Obviously once you get into a diverse lineup and a diverse crowd, which North Coast is a diverse crowd, inevitably there’s going to be some ‘Why’d you put this person on at the same time as this person?”

So you’re trying not to make it too hard on people who just want to go one day?

No, I think we’ve embraced the fact that it’s a single-day market, and that everyone wants to go to as many festivals as they can. Somebody might not like North Coast’s [lineup] on Friday, but maybe they’re not going to miss it on Sunday, and that’s cool with us.

Michael Berg is North Coast Music Festival’s co-founder. Tickets to North Coast are still available here.

[Q&A] Meet the artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening: Tiësto

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This year, Chicago’s Spring Awakening Music Festival, the largest dance music fest in the Midwest, will return to Addams/Medill Park with another packed, meticulously curated lineup, including Tchami, Virtual Self, Tiësto, Alison Wonderland, and more across its three-day span. Dancing Astronaut has teamed up with the fest to get to know its standout acts a little better, just before SAMF arrives to bid spring adieu June 8-10. 


If there was ever a single artist in dance music who truly needed no introduction, it would be Tiësto. His universal status echoes far beyond the dance circuit, into the far corners of the music industry at large. He’s been dubbed “Greatest DJ of All Time” and the “Godfather of EDM” by a number of publications, and helped to solidify dance music’s place in mainstream music in Athens in 2004 by becoming the first DJ to ever perform at the Olympics.

Tiësto’s epochal trance hooks will likely reverberate through dance floors for countless future generations. At 49, Tiësto has been wielding his now ubiquitous dance floor weapons for decades, founding Black Hole Recordings in 1997, wherein he released his earliest albums. He was nominated for a Grammy for his fiercely ambitious trance album, Elements Of Life, in 2007, and was vindicated in 2015 when his remix of John Legend’s “All Of Me” won the Grammy for Best Non-Classical Remix.

His more recent delve into mainstream territory — bringing with it another world tour and his rowdy, heavily collaborated I Like It Loud EP — has shown he has no plans of hanging up his DJ or production hats anytime soon. Before Tiësto heads back to the Windy City for another headlining performance at Spring Awakening, he sat down with DA to talk about his new collaboration with Post Malone, Preme, Dzeko, and Louis Bell, the legacy he hopes to leave behind, his recommendations for must-see acts at Spring Awakening this year, and more.

You can still buy tickets to Spring Awakening here, and the full lineup is here.


You have a new track coming out this month. What can you tell us about that?

It started with a group of friends hanging out: Preme, Post Malone, Louis Bell, Dzeko and me. Preme played the verse of what became “Jackie Chan.” Dzeko and I were like “Man, we can make something really cool and different out of this.” It took a lot of hard work to get it to a place where all of us were satisfied with it, but once it got there, we knew we had something special.

How have you seen U.S. electronic music scene evolve since your earlier days?

It went from super rave and off the radar to mainstream relevant and more popular than ever.

What is your favorite part of being on tour? least favorite?

My favorite part is entertaining thousands of people every night. It is an amazing feeling. My least favorite part is the traveling, airports, and airport food.

Who’s someone outside the EDM arena you would most want to collaborate with and why?

I just did with Post Malone! He’s so talented and fun to hang out with. Not to mention his voice is amazing.

What has been your most memorable performance thus far and why?

I have so many.. And that’s the beauty about being a DJ, every night is different and that’s what keeps me interested and keeps it fun for me.

What kind of legacy do you hope to leave for the music world at large?

I hope people think of me as the man that gave people incredible and unforgettable nights, an inspiration to aspiring new DJs and producers, and a mentor to many.

How does it feel to be returning to Chicago for Spring Awakening?

Chicago is one of my favorite cities to play, and I love the vibes this festival brings.

Which three sets would you recommend from the Spring Awakening lineup this year?

First, Dubfire – he’s a great techno act. Also, Seven Lions – he’s on his own planet and has incredible music. And finally, Mercer – he makes great dance music with a lot of variety.

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