Calling all Coasties! Chicago’s favorite end of summer blowout is returning to Union Park this Labor Day Weekend. Now in its sixth year, NCMF has become a staple in the Midwest festival arena. Curated by local club promoters React Presents, this year is shaping up to be one of the most fun yet. North Coast will be gathering a healthy variety of Rock, Hip-Hop, Bluegrass and EDM in a tight city park right outside downtown. Complete with art galleries and a solid selection of after parties, North Coast Music Festival is a great way to make summer’s last stand.
The main stage will maintain a solid core of electronic as Odesza, Bassnectar, and Zedd set to light up the night. Slices of rock and hip-hop round out the headliners with Grouplove, Logic and an extended two hour set due from Umphrey’s McGee. Expect rootsy sun-drenched performances from The Revivalists and Twiddle and ground rumbling, booty shaking tunes from Hermitude and The Floozies.
One major staple of every North Coast has been their ability to bring excellent Rap and Hip-Hop. This year Juicy J, the young up and comer Ty Dolla $ign and the ever-clever verse spitting Action Bronson will be supplying rhymes throughout the weekend. In addition, one of the few bluegrass acts ever booked in the history of NCMF, Greensky Bluegrass, look to make a foot stomping impression.
What would a Chicago festival be without House music? This year, the Heineken House returns ushering a plethora of local DJ talent including Alan King, Jesse Saunders and Wayne Williams. Beat the heat and dance all day in the interactive air conditioned dome while charging your phone and sipping a drink. The Heineken House will be bumping well into the night as globally renown DJ’s Kastle, Golf Clap and House legend Farley Jackmaster Funk take the decks inside the thumping epicenter of the grounds.
Wandering through the park you will stumble on more than just great music, be on the lookout for amazing street art galleries. This year North Coast will host its first ever Chicago-themed pop-up art gallery. Local residents can submit a piece of art and the artist with the best piece will receive free tickets and space on the festival grounds where the art will be displayed all weekend. In addition, The Living Tree and Ava Grey Designs is back again this year and bringing some of the best graffiti artists in the area who will paint live during the fest as a part of the Living Gallery.
Sometimes, a day’s worth of music isn’t enough. North Coast Music Festival understands that and has consistently hosted a nice assortment of after parties veined throughout nearby neighborhoods. Catch Galantis at one of Chicago’s newest premier clubs, Prysym, on Friday. The hot ticket Saturday is the hometown prog-jam heroes Umphrey’s McGee throwing down in the intimate Concord Music Hall. And if the beat continues on after the final act Sunday, head to The Mid and dance till Monday morning with Sam Feldt.
North Coast Music Festival continues to provide diverse quality talent while providing a unique, urban twist on a music festival. As the festival continues to grow expect more art and interactive installations which has already began to sprout. Even in the current crowded festival landscape, North Coast has found its niche and will thrive for years to come.