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Spring Awakening (festival)

Spring Awakening Music Festival is an annual electronic music festival in Chicago, Illinois. The festival took place at Soldier Field 2012–2015, and has been held at Addams/Medill Park since 2016.[1][2]

Spring Awakening Music Festival
Arty @ Spring Awakening, Chicago — June 14th, 2014.jpg
Arty at Spring Awakening in 2014
Genre Progressive house, Dubstep, Electro house, Techno, Trance, Trap
Dates June 08-10, 2018
Location(s) Addams/Medill Park, Chicago, Illinois
Years active 2012–2018
Website www.springawakeningfestival.com

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HistoryEdit

Spring Awakening was founded as a concert series in 2008. The event eventually outgrew the theater, and in 2012 SAMF was turned into a two-day outdoor music festival at Soldier Field by the Chicago-based promoting agency React Presents. In 2013, Spring Awakening Music Festival expanded to three days with over 90,000 people in attendance. SAMF has been held either the second or third weekend of June[3] Over the years, the Festival has become increasingly popular due to the large fan base of electronic dance music in the Chicago area. As people now come from across the globe just to attend the Festival, there are discussed rumors that the Festival could be extending onwards towards many other states.[4]

ProducersEdit

Founded in 2008, React Presents is a club, festival, and concert festival promotion company based in Chicago. React Presents produces four festivals: Spring Awakening Music Festival, North Coast Music Festival, Forever Festival, and Summer Set Music & Camping Festival.[5]

2012Edit

 
SAMF 2012 lineup

SAMF was made into a two-day festival held on June 16–17, 2012 at Soldier Field.

The festival was initially announced to occupy the "Stadium Green" surrounding Soldier Field, but after overwhelming demand, the festival moved from the main stage inside of the stadium to the north end zone of Soldier Field. Over 50,000 people attended Spring Awakening Music festival 2012.[6]

Some of the main performers included Skrillex, Afrojack, Diplo, A-Trak, Benny Benassi, Dillon Francis, Moby, Flux Pavilion, Hardwell, Datsik, Morgan Page and more.[7]

2013Edit

 
SAMF 2013 lineup

SAMF had its second annual electronic dance music (EDM) festival from June 14–16, 2013 at Soldier Field.

This year was much more organized and bigger. The festival created a three-day "rave". It was attended by kids in funky vibrant colors and Kandis to enjoy their favorite artist's music.

Spring Awakening Music Festival had expanded to three days, adding another stage, totaling two stages and two tents, for over 100 world renown artists and over 75,000 attendees.[8]

Some of the main performers included Bassnectar, Calvin Harris, Bingo Players, Carnage, Chuckie, Excision, Flosstradamus, Krewella, Nicky Romero, Nervo, Porn and Chicken, Porter Robinson, ZEDD, Zeds Dead and Zomboy.[9]

2014Edit

 
SAMF 2014 lineup

Spring Awakening had its third annual concert on June 13–15, 2014 with a new addition of a second main stage. In the 2014 season, Spring Awakening was one of the few remaining all age festivals.[10] Spring Awakening Music Festival launched SAMF Safe & Sound, an initiative which encouraged attendees to contact security or the wellness team if they felt unsafe.[11] React was purchased by SFX Entertainment last February.[12]

Some of the main artists included Tiesto, Pretty Lights, Diplo, Knife Party, Kaskade, Big Gigantic, Benny Benassi, Bingo Players, Dillon Francis, Eric Prydz, Flux Pavilion, A-Track, Borgore, Caked Up, Carnage, Chuckie, Datsik, DVBBS, Nervo, Dj Snake and more.[13]

2015Edit

 
SAMF 2015 lineup

The 2015 SAMF took place June 12–14, 2015 at Soldier Field. Artists included ZEDD, Hardwell, Tiesto, Diplo, Afrojack, Dada Life, Excision, Flosstradamus, Martin Garrix, Zeds Dead, Zomboy, Paul van Dyk, Adventure Club, Borgore, Bro Safari, Headhunterz, Party Favor, Tommy Trash, Yellow Claw and Jack ü.

In 2015 the festival had four stages to better accommodate more than 75 acts. SAMF had also changed its minimum age requirement to 18. The new changes come in the hope of making sure that safety is the number one priority for the fans, artists, and staff. An official spokesperson of SAMF quoted that they, "believe the festival is an experience for adults. This difficult decision was made to promote safety amongst our fans and ensure the best experience for our attendees and future attendees".[14]

A 19-year-old, Steve Vongkoth, died at the event; the death is thought to be drug-related.[15]

2016Edit

SAMF 2016 was held June 10–12, 2016 and had five stages, including two main stages for the very first time in the event’s history,[16] and hosted a wide array of over 100 acts from across the electronic music spectrum.

The main stage, dubbed the DJ Stage, held performances from Above & Beyond, Kaskade, The Chainsmokers, Steve Aoki, Dillon Francis, Carnage, Nicky Romero, DVBBS, Dash Berlin, and others.

The second main stage, dubbed the Electronic Stage, showed Deadmau5, Zeds Dead, Jamie xx, RL Grime, Flying Lotus, Crystal Castles, Flux Pavilion, Gramatik, Gesaffelstein, A-Trak, Madeon and more.

The Bass Kitchen, Body Language, and Trance Arena stages provided attendees with the opportunity to experience nonstop variety in both music and visual displays. Record label Dirtybird Records, publication DJ Mag and Pete Tong curated the festivities, each hosting a slew of acts from all across the production spectrum throughout the weekend.[17]

In 2016, attendees experienced the event on the sprawling, grassy fields of Addams/Medill Park in the near West side of Chicago. Visitors had public transportation options from both the CTA Pink Line and Green Line trains. The park was accessible from the Ashland, Roosevelt, and the 18th Street CTA buses.

2017Edit

The 2017 Spring Awakening was held June 9–11 at Addams/Medill Park in Chicago's southwest side, near Roosevelt Road and Ashland Avenue.

The lineup included Armin van Buuren, Benny Benassi, Paul van Dyk, Audien, Robin Schulz, Paul Oakenfold, and Martin Garrix. There were six different stages with performances from 2:00 PM to 10:00 PM each day.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Spring Awakening Statement on Location on facebook
  2. ^ Rieker, Trevor (Jun 19, 2014). "Magnetic Magazine". Recap SAMF 2014. 
  3. ^ "UPDATE: Spring Awakening Won't Be At Soldier Field This Summer". THE SIX THIRTY. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  4. ^ Karpowicz, Katie. "Spring Awakening Music Festival Instates Age Limitation For 2015". Chicagoist. Archived from the original on 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  5. ^ Karpowicz, Katie. "Spring Awakening Music Festival Instates Age Limitation For 2015". Chicagoist. Archived from the original on 2016-03-02. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  6. ^ "SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL 2013 ANNOUNCED :: Chicago Music Magazine". ChicagoMusicMagazine.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  7. ^ "Spring Awakening Music Festival 2012 / Lineup / Chicago / SKRILLEX | djMe". www.ilovedjme.com. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  8. ^ Kellner, Shawn (February 5, 2013). [!http://www.chicagomusicmagazine.com/news/2613/ "Chicago Music Magazine"] Check |url= value (help). SAMF Lineup announced. 
  9. ^ "Spring Awakening Music Festival 2013 Full Lineup: Including Nero, Pantyraid, Clockwork, Showtek, Moby, Bassnectar, Calvin Harris + 40 More! [TSIS PREMIERE] | this song is sick". this song is sick. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  10. ^ "Chicago's Spring Awakening Music Festival reveals 2014 lineup, adds second main stage". Electronic Midwest. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  11. ^ "Spring Awakening announces age restriction". The DePaulia. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  12. ^ "SFX Entertainment buys React Presents | WBEZ". www.wbez.org. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  13. ^ "Chicago's Spring Awakening Music Festival reveals 2014 lineup, adds second main stage". Electronic Midwest. 2014-02-04. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  14. ^ "Spring Awakening Music Festival announces 2015 dates". AXS. Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  15. ^ "Man Dies Of Suspected Overdose Outside Spring Awakening Music Festival". Retrieved 2016-04-21. 
  16. ^ "SPRING AWAKENING 2017". https://urbanmatter.com/chicago/spring-awakening-2017/. Retrieved 2017-02-17.  External link in |website= (help)
  17. ^ "FULL LINEUP AND NEW LOCATION ANNOUNCED!". www.springawakeningfestival.com. Retrieved 2016-05-12. 

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