When you think of party capitols of the world, Chicago might not be on the top of your list, heck, it might not even break your top 5. But thats probably because you’ve never been here and if thats the case then you’re missing out. Sure, there are always concerts and clubs to go to just like any other city, but our festivals tend to be one of a kind. Ranging from little street festivals, like Wicker Park Fest all the way up to the world renowned Lollapalooza. Nothing compares to the energy that this city can bring and if you had to only pick one festival to stop at on your way through, be sure to consider Spring Awakening.
After just wrapping up its 2nd year, this festival is making a huge name for itself in the EDM world. It was no doubt one for the record books and if you weren’t there to experience it, then you honestly missed out on something great.
The vibe of everyone rushing through the gates of Solider Field on day 1 was unbelievable. Smiles on everyones faces, people dancing and going crazy everywhere. You could tell they were all ready for the fantastic weekend that was ahead of them.
On the first day people were met by the sounds of PANTyRAiD, Robbie Riviera, Bingo Players, R3hab, Nero, Moby, & many more. For me, day one was mostly spent at the main stage and boy, did everyone there put on a show. But hands down, the set of the day (and even the weekend), was Moby. Never have I been disappointed when i’ve been in his presence. If you haven’t had the chance to take a listen to his music or see him live you better do it soon. Whether it be at a big festival or small club show it is always going to be worth your time. What you hear in his sets aren’t things that he releases. It’s always different and always amazing. His set was a perfect way to end day one on a high note.
If you weren’t already exhausted enough from dancing the entire day, React Presents made sure that you would be dead with the amount of after parties that they offered every night. With Friday holding some good ones, Moby, PANTyRAiD, and a few others all at venues across the city.
After a sleepless night, even more people returned for day 2 with just as much energy as day 1. Starting earlier in the day than the first did, the second was about to throw 10 & 1/2 hours of non stop music in everyones face. Bringing out people like DotEXE, Gramatik, Flosstradamus, Nervo, 12th Planet, Zedd, Nicky Romero, Wolfgang Gartner, Zeds Dead, and finally Bassnectar. Just like the previous day, everyone brought their A game. People’s spirits were high where ever you went. For once in my life, I actually didn’t mind hearing a trap set when I was at the main stage during Flosstradamus.
Weather was looking as a possible issue for Saturday but our prayers were answered and the rain held out all the way until the last 30 minutes of bassnectar’s set where it began to fall but that didn’t stop anyone from partying on. It made the night even better to see everyone dancing, getting wet, and having the time of their lives.
At every festival I feel the same way, the first day; “2 more days of this still?”, the second; “I can’t believe we still have another day.”, the third; “Where did the weekend even go?!”. And of course, Spring Awakening was no different. By Sunday I couldn’t even believe it was the final day of what was a perfect start to people’s summers. Entering the grounds of Soldier Field everyone was met with clear and sunny skies despite the forecast which made it all the better. The third day was hands down my favorite out of the weekend. The vibes and energy I got through out the whole day were amazing, and the music was too. DJ’s like Carnage, Showtek, Krewella, Minnesota, Chukie, Mord Fustang, Porter Robinson, ATB, Figure, Excision, Boys Noize, Tommy Trash, and Calvin Harris filled the Soldier Field with incredible music. It was nothing short of amazing and Calvin Harris really pulled it off closing the festival with an awesome set.
All I can say is that React Presents really out did themselves this year by putting on a fantastic event. Spring Awakening was nothing short of a success.
Take a listen to Moby’s take on Chicago and Spring Awakening itself;