Spring Awakening Branded Stages Bound to Please
Spring Awakening Music Festival is just over two weeks away. Organizers have changed a lot of things since last year, gearing up for the festival’s 5th year anniversary. With a new location at Addams/Medill Park in Chicago, the festival’s stages are bound to change with the scenery. This year, SAMF has added six branded stages (two per day) in addition to their already huge two main stages to bring you the most music possible.
“EDM” is a tragically limiting term when it comes to describing electronic music. Many go as far as saying that if you use this term, you’re not really giving the scene any justice. From dubstep to trap to house, electronic music can span a wide range of sounds and styles. The only thing that really ties everything together is the fact that a computer or synth aided in pulling everything together. Several electronic festivals have had branded stages to showcase specific genres and music labels throughout the weekend, and Spring Awakening is jumping on the bandwagon! Here’s the lowdown on all six stages, so you can check out the right music at the right time.
Body Language (Friday)
Do you like your music to be sexy? Do you want to groove in the smoothest fashion, even at a music festival? Well, Friday’s Body Language stage is the one for you. Full of grooving house, ambient and tropical music to let you get up-close-and-personal with your dance partner, this stage will hold the likes of Darius, Autograf, Claptone, The Magician, and none other than Klingande to top it all off.
Bass Kitchen (Friday)
Is that house shit too pansy for you? Do you prefer to rage your face off? Have no fear, the Bass Kitchen is here to give you the hardest of the hard in dubstep, trap, and electro. This kind of stage will have you making the nastiest bass faces the entire day, wondering “Where the heck did this sound even come from?!” Get ready to rage with The Trap House, Bear Grillz, Alison Wonderland, a DJ set by Feed Me, and Datsik to close out the night.
Claude VonStroke Presents The Birdhouse (Saturday)
Any Dirtybirds in the house? Is your groove deeper than the ocean? Get deeper with your house at The Birdhouse on Saturday, hosted by the Dirtybird king himself, Claude VonStroke. This stage is bound to make your body shake as the bass moves through you like a California wave. This branded stage will have Catz N’ Dogz, Danny Daze, a DJ set by Simian Mobile Disco, Nicole Moudaber, and Claude VonStroke himself closing out the night.
Trance Arena (Saturday)
Prefer a little love with your electronic music? Need some of those female vocals to bring you to the light? The Trance Arena is bound to give you the love you deserve. Adding a lighter side to Spring Awakening, this stage will have you feeling l’amour no matter who is dancing around you. Don’t miss Ben Nicky, John O’Callaghan, Aly & Fila, Cosmic Gate, and the man that brought you “Ecstacy,” ATB to end the evening.
DJ Mag DJs (Sunday)
Got a love for those who spin? Love the art of variety? The DJ stage is the one for you on the last day of the fest. These guys have mastered the art of mixing and blending what you love while adding their own flawless touch along the way. There’s really something hard and fancy for everyone at this stage with Ghastly, Ephwurd, Chuckie, Morgan Page and Borgeous finishing the fest.
All Gone Pete Tong (Sunday)
Fan of BBC Radio 1? Can’t get a enough of that old school electronic scene? The man, the myth, the legend, Pete Tong keeps coming back for more with his empire of pure dance. The All Gone Pete Tong stage has been sighted at a few other festivals, including TomorrowWorld, and with TW cancelled this year, they had to head somewhere. Bringing the best of the best to close out the festival, this stage brings Golf Clap, Moon Boots, Pete Tong, Green Velvet, and Maya Jane Coles for a Sunday Funday to remember.
With a lineup so fabulous at each of these branded stages, it’s hard to think that there are other names at two main stages at this year’s Spring Awakening. Make sure and plan accordingly and don’t miss out at these great sets.