Spring Awakening Music Festival, taking place June 7-9, has announced its 2019 lineup as well as a new location as Chicago’s leading electronic music festival has moved from Addams/Medill Park to a new 27-acre site at Poplar Creek in suburban Hoffman Estates. This year’s lineup includes headliners DJ Snake, Griz, Martin Garrix, Zedd, Illenium, and Rezz, with additional acts including Benny Benassi, Dillon Francis, Rusko, Galantis, Audien, Excision, Flosstradamus X 4B, What So Not, Yellow Claw, Zomboy and more. Tickets are currently on sale for $59 and up per day or $179 and up for a 3-day pass.
After taking 2018 off, Chicago Open Air is back for its third year in 2019 at Bridgeview’s SeatGeek Stadium (formerly known as Toyota Park). Taking place May 18-19, the 2019 edition of the metal/hard rock-focused event will include Tool, System of a Down, The Prodigy, Ghost, Meshuggah, Gojira, The Fever 333, The Black Dahlia Murder, and more. The event, co-produced by Live Nation and Danny Wimmer Presents, will also include Chicago-centric food offerings and regional craft beers including Revolution Brewing. Tickets are now on sale for $100 and up.
This February, a miniature version of Pitchfork Music Festival is coming to the Art Institute. A new 3-day festival called Midwinter will be taking place at the Art Institute of Chicago from February 15-17, featuring 30+ live acts including Deerhunter, Joey Purp, Zola Jesus, Slowdive, Kasami Washington, Panda Bear, Tortoise, Mount Eerie, Oneohtrix Point Never, Perfume Genius, Haley Fohr, Weyes Blood, Hiss Golden Messenger, Grouper, and Mykki Blanco. Performances will be held amongst the museum’s collection at venues through the space, with select performances including original music inspired by museum art. The event will also include soundscape compositions, a pre-event dinner and a live broadcast from Pitchfork Radio. Tickets are now available for $50 and up.
Tomorrow Never Knows, taking place January 16-20 at several venues across Chicago, has announced its 2019 lineup. Popping up in the middle of the frozen Chicago winter every year since 2005, the annual festival of up-and-coming independent acts will take place at Lincoln Hall, Schubas, Metro, Smart Bar, Hideout and, new this year, Sleeping Village. Musical acts include CAVE, S. Carey, Varsity, Sarah Shook, Charly Bliss, and MNDSGN, with comedy acts including Neil Hamburger, Helltrap Nightmare, and Kate Berlant. 5-day passes cost $100, with single-show tickets also available. Visit the TNK Fest website for additional information.