North Coast Music Festival Preview


This Labor Day weekend, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival will take over Union Park once again. Music festival season is coming to an end and North Coast has deemed themselves as “summer’s last stand.”

North Coast is a day festival featuring mostly electronic music and DJ sets but offers a few sets from top hip-hop acts and jam bands as well.

Often times overlapping set times is a problem at these big-name festivals, but if you plan accordingly you can most-likely catch the missed acts at an after party. The distance between the stages isn’t unbearable either, so walking to catch different sets is actually possible.

Three-day passes to the festival have sold out but you can still order single day tickets on the official website.

Of course when the music ends at 10pm, you will not want to quit raging. Thankfully there are numerous after parties being offered all around Chicago at various clubs and venues. This includes the new Concord Theater, which opened last weekend but is calling their North Coast after parties their big debut. They will have headliners Passion Pit for Friday, The Disco Biscuits for Saturday and finally Lotus for Sunday.

Friday’s headliners are The Disco Biscuits, Passion Pit and Mac Miller. Some other acts you won’t want to miss are Paper Diamond and the Werks.

Saturday makes you choose between Afrojack and Big Gigantic to close out the night. For electronic fans, this will be a tough choice. Don’t worry; there is always the option to see Afrojack at The Mid in Chicago for an after party. Saturday also has Nas, Gramatik, Future Rock, Skream, Conspirator and many more.

And finally Sunday will feature Wu-Tang-Clan and Lotus. If you are looking into getting a day pass, Sunday seems to be fully loaded. Sunday has Purity Ring, Cherub, A-track, Rebelution, Datsik, Midnight Conspiracy, Emancipator, and more.

If you want to find your friends in the crowd, unlike some festivals, North Coast actually allows rage sticks and flag poles. The weather forecast is looking clear and hot, but if you can’t make it out North Coast is offering free streaming of the festival on their website.