The 5-year anniversary of Spring Awakening Music Festival has been something of a question mark in recent months after its original location in Jackson Park fell through. However, the React Presents-hosted festival has announced it has secured a new location in Addams/Medill Park, located in University Village near Ashland and Roosevelt, for the festival’s 2016 edition taking place June 10-12. “In February, Spring Awakening was given conditional approval to announce its move to Jackson Park,” React Presents said in a statement. “But after the announcement, scheduling conflicts arose with another event in the community, and both events were unable to coexist on the same weekend.” Chicago’s largest dance music fest will host over 100 acts including Kaskade, Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Steve Aoki, Zeds Dead, Flux Pavilion, Madeon, Crystal Castles, Dada Life, A-Track, Flying Lotus, The Chainsmokers, Claude VonStroke, RL Grime, Jamie XX, Nicky Romero, Datsik, Dillon Francis, Gesaffelstein, Gramatik, The Knocks, Simian Mobile Disco, Alison Wonderland, Green Velvet, Pete Tong, Cash Cash, and Chuckie. Tickets are on sale now for $189 and up.
By Mike Milazzo
Holy shit! Has it really been 30 years since the formation of jam band legends Widespread Panic from inauspicious beginnings in Athens, Georgia? Yes, yes it has. Which means yes, Panic fans, you are indeed getting old as shit. But if a survey of the crowd at a Panic show is any indication, you’re never too old to dance your ass off. While the band has never been the same since the death of original guitarist Michael Houser in 2002, newest addition/former Allman Brothers guitarist Jimmy Herring has kept the jam-heavy Southern rock vibes alive over the past decade performing with lights-out precision alongside guitarist/vocalist/all-around nice guy John Bell’s legendary crooning. Obviously renowned for their incredible live performances, the band currently holds the record for most sold-out performances at Colorado’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, with 48 consecutive sold-out shows to date. However, the band has taken several long hiatuses in recent years, stating that they plan to do less touring in the future to focus on family life. Their most recent album, 2015’s Street Dogs, proves they can still rock as hard as ever.
Do Division Street Fest, taking place June 3-5 on Division Street from Ashland to Leavitt, has announces its initial 2016 lineup to include Peanut Butter Wolf, A Place to Bury Strangers, Doomtree, Badbadnotgood, Fruit Bats, Nikki Lane, Beach Fossils, and Diane Coffee. The festival will also include a 10-block sidewalk sale, fashion fest with DJs and runway, and kid’s area. Admission is a $5 suggested donation.
Mamby on the Beach, taking place July 2-3 at Oakwood Beach, has announced its 2016 lineup for the second annual React Presents-hosted summer beach party on Chicago’s South Side. This year’s festival will include Chet Faker, Atmosphere, Animal Collective, Chromeo, Santigold, Milky Chance, Lupe Fiasco, Mayer Hawthorne, Tycho, and Wild Belle. Tickets are now on sale for $115 and up.