5 Reasons to Get Hyped for Spring Awakening
Spring Awakening Music Festival is less than a week away. If you haven’t gotten your tickets yet, now is about that time to start planning your dance-filled adventure. Both 3-day and single day passes are on sale now. The lineup is jam packed with the best of the best of the electronic music world, and each year the fest just keeps getting better. There are a handful of great things that make this Chicago festival a special one for the city. Check out why we’re hyped to head to Soldier Field.
5. The Music
The music part of a music festival is always key. What makes SAMF so awesome is that it is the only all electronic music festival in Chicago. If you came to dance, it’s impossible to leave disappointed. The makers of this fest wanted to spread the love and emotion that comes from dance music, and with Eric Prydz, Martin Garrix, Jack U, Tiesto, Dada Life, Zed’s Dead, Flosstradamus and a ton more headlining this year, there’s really no reason not to go at least one day out of the weekend. The variety that each artist brings to the table is unmatched. Need a little confidence boost? Check out the #SAMF Mix Series on SoundCloud and start mapping out your schedule on the new Spring Awakening App.
4. The Afters
Due to certain city regulations about sound permits and other legal jargon, blah blah blah, the music at Soldier Field must come to an end around 11PM or Midnight, but luckily the party doesn’t have to stop there. Several after parties (at least 3 per day) have been announced to follow each day of the festival. Each event is catered to a different genre, allowing the night to end exactly how you want it. Tickets for these afters are on sale now, so check out our announcement post for more info and links to purchase tickets.
3. The Production
As if each stage wasn’t unique enough at SAMF, the production team behind these stages is unmatched. A team of stage builders, artists, and pyrotechnicians have all come together to bring you their best work. Yes, there will be fire, confetti, fireworks, CO2 cannons, lights and all the bells and whistles that make an unforgettable electronic show. Never has this writer seen so much go in to the details of a daytime festival as at SAMF, you will be blown away…just try not to actually get blown away by those fire cannons if you’re planning on being front row!
2. The Silent Disco
If you’ve never been to a silent disco in the past, now is the time to hop on the bandwagon. What’s a silent disco, you ask? It’s a dance party that appears silent to the outside world. Attendees are handed a pair of headphones (with phenomenal sound) and tune in to the DJ on stage. Sometimes, there are even two DJs on different frequencies, so there is something for everyone. While a silent disco looks a little weird to someone watching, you can’t truly experience how awesome they are until you’ve got the headphones on. Last year, the silent disco was sponsored by the popular taxi service Uber, and they offered promotional items and free rides to those who weren’t afraid to let loose. Don’t miss it this year!
1. The Location
After Spring Awakening outgrew the now dormant Congress Theater, the people of React Presents landed the best location to upgrade, Soldier Field. What better place to party than a football stadium?! This historic venue is just as massive as it sounds, and the perfect location for a larger-than-life dance party. The field becomes a giant dance floor, with the main stage at the goal line, and the stadium seating filled with those relaxing, waiting until their next favorite tune to bring them from their seats. But don’t worry, this massive stone structure isn’t the only place to dance, because the Stadium Green just outside is almost as large as the football field itself. This area holds the remaining stages for maximum rage room. Plus, with the stadium being so close to downtown, it shouldn’t be hard to make it to your next destination for the after parties. Check out the map for the full layout, and we’ll see you on the 50 yard line!