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After releasing a lineup with over sixty of the world’s best DJs and an endless list of afterparties, Chicago’s EDM addicts knew they wouldn’t exactly have time to sleep during Spring Awakening Music Festival. While awaiting the mayhem and madness that would take place on the Chicago Bears’ turf last weekend, I finally realized the meaning of the festival’s name, as it literally kept me awake with anticipation the entire week prior.
Even though it was only a four-stage festival (crazy how four stages means small now, huh?), there were still a ton of artists to choose from at any given time. The first set I caught was Chicago’s very own Krewella, who started the party off with a mixed-genre set banging hits from their new EP, Play Hard. I spent the rest of the afternoon at the mainstage showing support to Chicago-based DJs Gemini Club, DJ Zebo, Nathan Scott and Midnight Conspiracy.
The Over Da Drive Stage-–cleverly named for standing alongside the landmark Lake Shore Drive-–hosted one of the biggest tracks I heard: a mashup called The Longest Atom which Morgan Page calls his “secret summer festival weapon” (free download here). The next two DJs I saw I happened to catch twice in one night-–both at the festival and again at two afterparties. I left SAMF a little early to catch Claude VonStroke rock a packed house at SpyBar, and then went straight to Vision Nightclub to see a beautiful trance set from Ferry Corsten, complemented by exotic trapeze dancers. Check some pictures from Vision here.
Highlights from day two included Shermanology, who had a prime spot to create tons of hype for the beautiful and talented Nervo twins. The Equinox tent was so packed that most attendees thought the DJs were deserving of a mainstage perfromance. A surprise drop had to have been Nervo with a lesser known remix of Somebody That I Used To Know by one of my favorite New York producers, dBerrie (free download here).
First to close out day two at the mainstage was Derrick Carter, who spun a set of pure, unadulterated Chicago house. His legendary beats blended together perfectly with the next two sets of b2b techno by Green Velvet and Carl Cox (pictured). Following a set by Moby, Afrojack was the perfect end to the weekend both at the festival and his more intimate set at The Mid. Special thanks go out to React Presents and everyone who helped put together this epic dance music extravaganza in the heart of The Windy City.