The Breaks Music Festival, taking place September 8 at Toyota Park, has announced its lineup for The Breaks Vol. II to include Wu-Tang Clan (25th anniversary of Enter the 36 Chambers), Vic Mensa, Talib Kweli, Yasiin Bey (formerly known as Mos Def), Twista, Alex Wiley, Freddie Gibbs, Curren$y, and more. By A Thread Presents is again organizing the second annual all-ages festival dedicated to classic hip-hop artists and newly emerging emcees, which will also include a DJ tent, graffiti artists, and additional events TBA. Tickets are currently on sale for $20-$750.
Riot Fest, taking place in Chicago’s Douglas Park September 14-16, has announced its 2018 first wave lineup. Acts include Blink-182, Beck, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Incubus, Young the Giant, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dropkick Murphys, Bleachers, Atmosphere, Flogging Molly, Cypress Hill, Bad Religion, Underoath, Matt and Kim, the Jesus Lizard, Sum 41, Twin Peaks, K.Flay, Suicidal Tendencies, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, the Wonder Years, Digable Planets, Liz Phair, Cat Power, Gary Numan, Wolfmother, Johnny Marr, Superchunk, JD McPherson, Reignwolf, Lagwagon, Pussy Riot, Andrew W.K., GWAR, the Aquabats, and more to be announced. Tickets are on sale now for $160 and up.
In celebration of its 10-year anniversary, Evanston venue S.P.A.C.E. is hosting a series of special performances across several Evanston locations during its “Out of Space” series this summer. Temperance Beer Company will host Shovels & Rope on June 21, The New Pornographers on June 22, and Rebirth Brass Band on June 23, with additional appearances by Dinosaur Jr. on July 19, The Lone Bellow on July 20, and Slick Rick on July 21. Events will then move to Canal Shores Golf Course, which will host Mavis Staples on July 27 and Indigo Girls on July 28. The series concludes at the Big Evanston Block Party, where Guided By Voices will perform on August 25 followed by Old 97s on August 26. For more information and tickets, visit spacepresents.com.
North Coast Music Festival, taking place August 31-September 2 in Chicago’s Grant Park, has announced its 2018 lineup. Headliners include Jamiroquai, DJ Snake, and Miguel, plus additional acts including Axwell & Ingrosso, Yellow Claw, Gramatik, Moon Taxi, The Revivalists, RL Grime, Vulfpeck, Cashmere Cat, The Strumbellas, Mura Masa, Robert Delong, The Polish Ambassador and more. Now in its ninth year, the festival will also include complimentary yoga sessions and a pop-up art gallery in homage to the history of Chicago street art. Tickets are on sale now for $45-$55 per day or $199 for a 3-day pass.