Chicago’s Spring Awakening Fest in a bind after preemptive location change announcement

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Spring Awakening Music Festival, the largest strictly electronic music festival in the Midwest, is set on returning to Chicago for its eighth year this June–but with the festival’s home base for the past few years (after leaving its original Soldier Field housing), Addams/Medill Park, purportedly under construction, the fest has called an audible and has announced new digs at spacious Douglas Park.

However, it seems the Chicago-based event mega-brand, React Presents, jumped the gun big time announcing their relocation plans Monday, as the decision was apparently made without consulting the proper channels within the district. Now, the community and its officials are bristling at the sudden news.

To complicate matters further, Douglas Park has already played host to punk/alternative haven, Riot Fest this past September, and is hoping to celebrate its 15th anniversary by returning to the location next year. Riot’s organizers were praised by the community and its officials for working with the locals and community overseers prior to their move in order to assess environmental and community impact, highlighting the stark misfire on SAMF’s part. Although the situation may yet to have crossed over into irreparable territory, Chicago’s 12th Ward Alderman George Cardenas issued some firm pushback in regards to Spring Awakening organizers’ actions, telling the Chicago Tribune:

There’s a lot of things to consider here, which makes me upset. There was a lot of work that was done to ensure that Riot Fest was successful and all of a sudden, we get this unexpected news release from folks who are coming in without going through any process. It’s completely wrong.

Cardenas attributes his concern with SAMF’s preemptive announcement to his not wanting to see the community, “taken for granted.” However, he conceded he would still be willing to meet with the festival organizers to rectify the situation should they chose to reach out for his approval.

via: Chicago Tribune

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Spring Awakening Music Festival Trolls Thousands Of Fans Into Registering To Vote

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Midterm Elections are coming up quick, and political tensions in the United States have not been higher in several decades. This has turned into a massive tide of people coming out of the woodwork to register to vote. Regardless of your political affiliation or feelings about the current administration, it is important to take part

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Birthdayy Partyy – Confess feat. Raddix

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Birthdayy Partyy are hot off their set at Spring Awakening Music Festival. They followed up their EDC Las Vegas debut with the hometown crowd and now they’re celebrating with a new original. Featuring the vocalist Raddix, “Confess” is a bass lover’s dream come true. First the twin brothers turn things up with a high-octane breakbeat

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Spring Awakening Music Festival 2018 Recap

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For three days straight on the weekend of June 8, the city of Chicago was filled with deep beats, pop-inspired melodies, and bass that reverberated through the streets. This is Spring Awakening, Chicago’s premiere electronic music festival. Located in Addams/Medill Park, the festival attracted concert goers far beyond the city limits to include residents from

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deadmau5 debuts forthcoming Rob Swire collab live at Spring Awakening [Watch]

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Spring Awakening attendees were among the first to get a live preview of deadmau5’s latest collaboration with Rob Swire, reportedly entitled “Monophobia.” Listeners will remember Swire for his work with electronic music’s big cheese on 2009’s “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff,” a song off of deadmau5’s album, For Lack of a Better Name.

While little is known about the burgeoning tune other than its existence after its appearance in deadmau5’s Spring Awakening set, fan videos taken during the festival offer those not present a glimpse of what’s to come when the track gains its official release. deadmau5 originally sampled the song during a live Twitch broadcast in May.

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Afrojack Rivals Marshmello And “Debuts” New DJ Helmet

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In a shocking turn of events, Afrojack excitedly ran into the crowd at Chicago’s Spring Awakening to accept his new fate as a masked producer. The Dutch DJ and producer saw the moment, and seized the opportunity head on. Literally. Forget marshmallow heads, the future lies within all things mouse, albeit Pikachu this time. Sporting

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Dash Berlin pulls out of Spring Awakening due to health issues

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Chicago’s premiere electronic music destination Spring Awakening had some unfortunate news this weekend as they took to Twitter to announce that Dash Berlin would no longer be performing due to undisclosed health issues.

Although in light of his absence, Spring Awakening has added Zedd to its bill.

The past year has been full of highlights for Dash Berlin, although this recent cancellation is is not the first time his health has led to canceled shows. Recently, Berlin also withdrew from the A State Of Trance lineup, also for undisclosed health issues. Still, no further issues surrounding the complications of his health have been made known. Dash Berlin has had several major releases through his career, largely shaping the spheres of progressive, trance, and big room. In 2017 alone, Berlin saw successful several single releases including “Love Out Loud, ” “Home,” and “We Don’t Belong, ” keeping himself at the forefront of the EDM scene worldwide.

Porter Robinson Scraps Virtual Self Performance At Spring Awakening, Will Perform As Himself

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What an interesting title that was to write. We all know that Porter Robinson favors his latest moniker, Virtual Self to his normal production. If you have been fortunate enough to witness Virtual Self live – you know why. He has been billed on festivals all over the world as Virtual Self this summer, and

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Meet the artists you can’t miss at Spring Awakening: Alison Wonderland

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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 TchamiVirtual SelfTiëstoAlison 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. 


Alexandra Sholler, aka Alison Wonderland, EDM’s token Aussie with the purplest hair and some the most massive bass beats in the game, is heading back to the Windy City for 2018’s Spring Awakening. Aside from her status as a globetrotting DJ/producer, Sholler is also a classically trained cellist, songwriter, and singer — her voice can be heard on nearly every track she writes. Last year, she made headlines for her stellar performance at Coachella, where she and Rezz were the highest paid females on the ticket — not to mention Coachella history. 

Known for her transparency about struggling with mental health, Sholler has become something of an advocate in that domain for both other artists and her fans, often taking time out of her sets to speak candidly on the topic. Both her new album, Awake, and her 2015 album, Run, are weighted in unequivocal emotion, a redemptive motif encircling her momentous trap beats and intricate sampling.

A highly in-demand collaborator, Sholler has teamed with talent across the spectrum, including Lido, Wayne Coyne of The Flaming Lips, Chief Keef, and most extensively, fellow Aussies, Slumberjack, whom she speaks so fondly of with Dancing Astronaut before she heads to SAMF’s Equinox Stage June 8. She also divulges into inspiration for Awake, must-see sets at SAMF, and her at-home, one-woman DJ sessions.

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

How would you compare the Australian dance music scene to the US’s?

I grew up in the dance music scene in Australia. It’s what shaped my whole career as an artist. I feel like the festivals are different. I remember the first time I played EDC Las Vegas in 2015. I had never seen an electronic festival like that in my entire life.

Quite a bit of time elapsed between Run and Awake. Were you working on Awake for that entire time?

No I was not. I did a lot of touring off Run. To be honest, I didn’t expect Run to get the attention it did when I made it. I find it hard to produce and write while I’m on the road, so I started working on Awake when I had more down time in one place. I am also very inspired by my emotions, and Awake is about a pretty heavy series of events in my life. I can’t pick and choose when things happen to me or where I find creative inspiration, and I started writing awake to deal with those particular issues.

How have you evolved as an artist in that time span?

I am not sure. I feel like as I grow as a human, I grow as an artist. It’s very organic for me. I grow off feelings and intuitions. I am super bad at planning, so I think I just have more insight now. I don’t really think about how I have grown. I think I definitely am a better songwriter and producer. That’s the great thing about art: you can always learn new things.

Last time I saw you live, you got up on the decks and had so much enthusiasm. Do you still get that hyped about DJing?

100%, even when I’m alone I get hyped. I think this is the only thing I genuinely love, to be honest. I DJ alone in my house for fun. Once I played for eight hours straight at a house party I threw in LA. Ask Jai Wolf, he was there. I feel better behind the decks than in front of them. Every time I play I feel at home and it is super cathartic for me.

You’ve collaborated with Slumberjack on your past two albums. Tell me about your experience working with them.

I just f****ng love those boys. We really get each other musically. Everything just flows so easily. We always seem to make music in the most random places. “Naked” was finished in a hotel room with sh**ty laptop speakers and my iPhone as a microphone. “Sometimes Love” was made in a kitchen. I prefer collaborations that feel organic where there is mutual and equal respect. I work better that way. I mean everyone does. It is important to have trust in each other’s creative processes. I feel all of that with the Slumberjack boys.

What’s your favorite part of being on tour? Least favorite?

My favorite part is playing shows and feeling the adrenaline and connection with a crowd that comes with that. My least favorite part is the loneliness.

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

Amazing. I cannot wait. I love the crowd there.

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

I would not miss Virtual Self, Bleep bloop, Oh and this loser. Her mother paid me $20 dollars to say this: Alison Wonderland.

Spring Awakening Announces 2018 Official After Parties

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Spring Awakening, Chicago’s three day electronic music festival, announced their 2018 official after parties. Taking place in a number of popular Chicago clubs and venues, the after parties feature artists such as Zeds Dead, Big Gigantic and Tiësto. Tickets went on sale May 24 and can be bought through the venues websites or through the

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