Spring Awakening 2014: Soldier Field June 13-15
Now in just its third year, Spring Awakening Music Festival at Soldier Field has already become one of the most substantial electronic dance music (EDM) festivals in the nation. This year’s star-studded lineup lives up to the hype and then some.
React Presents, a Chicago-based concert promotion and production company which also owns club/concert venues Nikki, the MID, and Concord Music Hall, is behind the three-day 2014 Spring Awakening Music Festival, perhaps the most anticipated Chicagoland event of the year for EDM fans. SAMF came out of nowhere in early 2012 announcing the inaugural festival–but with an eye-opening lineup of Skrillex, Afrojack, Diplo, Dillon Francis, Flux Pavilion, Moby, and more. 2013 saw Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Nicky Romero, Nervo, Krewella, Nero, Zedd, Showtek, Porter Robinson, Bingo Players, Flosstradamus, and more.
But the 2014 lineup rivals those and more to perform in front of what is expected to be the biggest audience yet. With the addition of a second mainstage, four headliners are scheduled for each day. Headliners are as follows:
- Friday, June 13: Tiesto, Knife Party, Bingo Players, and Eric Prydz
- Saturday, June 14: Pretty Lights, Diplo, Benny Benassi, and Flux Pavilion
- Sunday, June 15: Kaskade, Big Gigantic, Dillon Francis, and Steve Aoki
Also performing are A-Trak, Sander van Doorn, Chuckie, Nervo, DJ Snake, Kill the Noise, Carnage, Milk N Cookies, and Tommy Trash, and many more.
Similar EDM festivals face opposition from local residents and community leaders. The future of Wavefront Music Festival, a smaller festival that took place on Montrose Street Beach last July, is up in the air after local complaints that forced the alderman to take action to kick out the festival. Miami’s ULTRA Music Festival, the granddaddy of American EDM festivals, draws controversy annually over illegal concertgoer activity, a trashed venue, and generally savage youth behavior.
Yet Spring Awakening, contained within Soldier and the immediately surrounding Museum Campus parkland, has not faced nearly as much criticism. For the last two years the mainstage has been on the field itself, creating quite a scene as tens of thousands of fans party together facing the stage at the north end of the stadium. The other three stages have been outside the stadium including two in tents. It remains to be seen where the new second mainstage will be.
With top-shelf DJs playing in modern Soldier Field with the Chicago skyline in the background as the sun sets, Spring Awakening has to be one of the most extraordinary music festival experiences of the summer.
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