Spring Awakening Music Festival’s Third Run at Soldier Field Preview
You’ve partied in warehouses, basements, gymnasiums, back yards, and forests. But stadiums are for sports, right?… Wrong! Sure, we’ve seen acts like U2 and Madonna play in a stadium once or twice, but your mom was probably there. Very rarely is a sports stadium opened for a three day party that your mother would detest. Well, the masterminds behind React like to take it up a notch, and they did so perfectly with the Spring Awakening Music Festival.
Getting its start in the now late, great Congress Theater, the original Spring Awakening started in 2008 as a tribute to Chicago’s immense love for EDM, and equally passionate hate for winter. Acts like David Guetta, Above & Beyond, and Benny Benassi sold out the Congress for Spring Awakening. The line-up got bigger, and the event sold out faster each year. After selling out 2 years in a row, the show had outgrown the Congress’s maximum capacity. Laying dormant for one year, React decided the show must go on; and after a wildly successful Deadmau5 show at the Stadium Green outside of Soldier Field, someone had an awesome idea: why not take the party inside the stadium? In 2013, the Congress had its final falling out with the City of Chicago Fire Marshall, and had to close its doors to the dismay of EDM lovers everywhere. However, the new Spring Awakening became bigger than ever. This year, the party begins June 13th, goes all weekend, and the acts are bigger than the venue.
While a camp-out festival isn’t much of an option for downtown Chicago residents, a three day stadium party featuring Kaskade, Pretty Lights and Tiesto sure makes up for it. General Admission tickets start at $179 (plus fees) and $299 for VIP (plus fees). Not too shabby of a price when the full line-up makes mothers cringe in the best way possible. Tickets can be found on their website, which also includes an up-to-the-second countdown until the Awakening begins.