Spring Awakening Refuses to Rest in 2014, Celebrating 6 Years in Chicago

April 28th, 2014


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Spring Awakening, Chicago’s largest electronic music festival, returns once again to the historic Soldier Field on the city’s east side to celebrate its sixth summer anniversary. As a growing number of cities compete to have their names become synonymous with the massive electronic festivals that dominate their summer scenes, Spring Awakening continues to draw some of the biggest talents from all over the world bridging Chicago’s historic roots in the foundation of house music to the future of electronic music.
The three-day festival kicks off Friday June 13th and runs to June 15th. What started as a small summer showcase of electronic music at downtown Chicago’s Congress Theater back in 2008 has accelerated with each year; by year three and four, the festival sold out and festival attendees maxed out the theater’s 3500 person capacity. By 2012, festival organizers React Presents (the same madmen behind North Coast and Summer Set music festivals) had no choice but to move the festival to Soldier Field in order to meet the ever-increasing demand for tickets. Last year’s Spring Awakening hosted over 75,000 music lovers, making it impossible to deny the midwest at a catalyst of the growing popularity of electronic music.


 spring awakening lineup 2014

This year’s lineup is the biggest yield of talent yet, with performances from artists such as Diplo, Tiësto, and Knife Party, as well as Chicago’s own Kaskade dominating closing performances on the main stage. Electronic labels OWSLA, Fool’s Gold, Dirtybird, Relief, Buygore, and Dirty Dutch Records will make their presence known across multiple stages (past years hosted four stages) bringing a diversity of artists and performers. Mainstream acts include Steve Aoki, Laidback Luke, Thomas Gold, Chuckie, and Bingo Players.
Electro fiends will get their fix from artists like Benny Benassi, Oliver, and Blasterjaxx. Glitch fans will appreciate the inclusion of Paper Diamond, Pretty Lights and Big Gigantic. Dubstep artists include Kill the Noise, Alvin Risk, and Borgore, as well as UK bassheads Flux Pavilion and Feed Me. The undeniable demand for trap has resulted in n rising stars like , Carnage, DJ Snake, gLAdiator. Progressive house fans will enjoy the addition of artists Markus Schulz and Sander Van Doorn.


 spring awakening 2014 music festival lineup

As more and more festivals yield to the demand to age restrictions, Spring Awakening stays true to audience and will remain an 18+ festival. Three-day GA passes are currently $179; three-day VIP passes (21+ only) are currently $300 and include special access to premium viewing, express admission, private bars (only beer is available to the GA ticket holder), and limited edition festival merchandise. Like any festival, limited one-day passes will be released closer to June (pending an early sell out).


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Like most metropolitan festivals, Spring Awakening is a non-camping festival, so make sure to book your reservations and accommodations well in advance to get the best deals and avoid last-minute price hikes. To make it even easier Spring Awakening has teamed up with some of the best Chicago area hotels to give you exclusive offers with rooms starting at just under $200 per night.


 spring awakening music festival lineup 2014

With just under 50 days until Chicago’s biggest drop of the summer, information will continue to roll in as React continues to launch official after parties, poster design contests, and even a chance for aspiring artists to perform at this year’s Spring Awakening. Last year’s Spring Awakening saw pre-festival mixes, exclusive merchandise, and a plethora of interactive marketing to get fans involved. While information about this year’s activities and opportunities continue to emerge stay on top of all the breaking news by joining Spring Awakening’s text alert system and be the first to know about all Spring Awakening news including announcement, after parties, and more.


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Pretty Lights
Knife Party
Big Gigantic
Benny Benassi
Eric Prydz
Bingo Players
Flux Pavilion
Dillon Francis
Steve Aoki
Alex Metric
Alvin Risk
Andy C
Caked Up
Claude Vonstroke
Derrick Carter
Dj Snake
Feed Me
Ferry Corsten
Green Velvet
Gregori Klosman
Kap Slap
Kill Paris
Kill The Noise
Laidback Luke
Manic Focus
Markus Schulz
Midnight Conspiracy
Moon Boots

Nick Catchdubs
Paper Diamond
Pete Tong
Sander Van Doorn
Sandro Silva
Thomas Gold
Tommy Trash
Audio Velocity
Boombox Cartel
Chris V
Danger Wayne
Dani Deahl
Frankie Sanchez
Howie Doin
Jack Trash
Justin Reed
Kings Of Class
Kontor & Florek
Louis The Child
Lvmb & Tvna
Maci Delaghetto
Mighty Thor
Milk N Cookies
Nathan Scott
Porn And Chicken
Ryan B
Dj Striz
The Robot Dentist
Win & Woo


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  Written by contributor Seth Hiravy. Find him on Twitter here.

A hybrid child of the 203 & 860, Seth would save up any allowance money he had and raid the dance section of his local CD store for anything with a 4X4 beat. By high school, he organized his area’s first electronic event. While this proved to be a disaster, he wrote a killer college acceptance letter about it - thus a music journalist was born. Today he continues to document from behind the keyboard. When he’s not searching for the perfect emoji or making festival posters/totems, he enjoys long walks into parallel universes, pulling off shameless dance moves, and leading the fight against kids from CT who feel wearing cowboy hats is okay.

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