Changes to Spring Awakening Worth Checking Out

Spring Awakening is celebrating its 5 year anniversary with a lineup that was well worth the wait. This year, however, there are a few changes that are going to make this 5 year celebration one to remember. From the lineup to the venue to the curated stages, make sure and check things out to plan your Spring Awakening Music Festival accordingly.

The Lineup

OK, you might be right in thinking that a festival’s lineup changes every year. But, there’s just something about this year’s lineup that truly blows previous years out of the water. Each year, SAMF has outdone itself, and this year is no different. Every name on this year’s ticket has hands down headlined their own show. This year, Spring Awakening welcomes Above & Beyond, A-Trak, Dada Life, Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Crystal Castles, ATB, Tritonal, deadmau5, Flux Pavillion, Zeds Dead, Klingande, Claude VonStroke, Datsik, seriously this list keeps on going. Every artist comes to the fest bringing their A-game, check out the full lineup below.


The Location

While partying in a football stadium (i.e. Soldier Field) has been awesome the past few years, only so many people can fit on the stadium floor. Whether it be due to contracts or space, this year’s location is a little different. Headliners like Tiesto and Jack Ü have closed out the floor of the stadium due to capacity, and this year’s headliners are bound to do the same thing. For 2016, they’ve moved the fest from Soldier Field to Addams/Medill Park likely adding a more open space to dance and a better parking situation for all.

The Stages

The stage production at Spring Awakening has gotten better with age. Pyrotechnics, projection mapping, LED walls, and colorful banners have covered the stages and each aspect has improved each year. With a new location, bound to be some great improvements. In addition, they’re bringing 6 branded stages (2 per day) to add to their already awesome 2 main stages – totaling 5 stages and a world of awesome.

So with 5 stages, a new location, and an amazing lineup, Spring Awakening Music Festival will seem like an entirely new festival with the same feel that only an all electronic Chicago fest can bring.


Ashley Cizek

Went to school at UW-Madison, graduating with a BA in psychology. I hula-hoop, I write, I enjoy sunlight.

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