This weekend the birthplace of house music welcomes its very first all-dance music festival as Spring Awakening hits Chicago’s Soldier Field. The event, originally planned for the green outside the stadium, did so well when announced that the main stage will now be inside on the same surface the Chicago Bears play on. Several other stages will cover the beautiful surrounding grounds as well, allowing for a daily capacity of 30,000 fans ready to RAGE Chicago’s lakefront.
With performances from Skrillex, Afrojack, Carl Cox, Moby and 70+ others, the festival allows electronic fans of all types the chance to get down. The headliners need little introduction, as Skrillex and Afrojack have already spent the Spring of 2012 leaving fans across the country with faces melted. In fact, last Sunday’s Skrillex set at Bonnaroo has been called one of the festival’s biggest moments, and several new songs have made their way in to his sets of late, allowing even fans who’ve seen his spectacle before to gain a fresh experience. Performances by A-Trak, Diplo, and Benny Benassi are not to be missed either.
Chicago’s dance scene is well-represented withDerrick Carter, Green Velvet, Team Bayside High, Gemini Club, Zebo, Deejay Intel andMidnight Conspiracy fresh off their incredible set of performances at Summer Camp a month or so ago. We’ve been watching these guys bounce around Chicago (and beyond) for a couple years now, and we can say this with 100% certainty – Midnight Conspiracy’s set is NOT to be missed.
Each night also features a wide array of after parties at some of the cities finest venues, including A-Trak, Dillon Francis, and Kill The Noise at The Congress Theatre on Saturday night, Diplo and Laidback Luke at the House of Blues on Sunday, and Carl Cox & Derrick Carter at Sound Bar on Sunday Night as well.