Having attended the first North Coast Music Festival in 2010 and last making an appearance in 2015, I decided it was time to check in with an old friend this year. I knew it had been a while since North Coast transitioned from its “throw everything in a blender” approach to music when it hosted rock, jam, hip hop, indie, and electronic acts all under one weird roof during its Union Park days, and I was curious to see how the festival has aged since its more recent rebirth as a straight EDM fest at SeatGeek Stadium in 2023.
It was the Summer Solstice in Chicago. And the Riviera was in a good mood. In fact, the phrase “good vibes” may be the most succinct encapsulation of upcoming jamband legends-in-the-making Goose. As is the case with tie-dyed forebears The Grateful Dead, Phish, Widespread Panic, et cetera, their 3-hour-plus show is a much an excuse to party as anything else. But something about their sound feels instantly more contemporary and relevant, as evidenced by their growing battalion of fans from teens to grandparents.
Get ready Chicago. Lollapalooza is back. One of the world’s largest music festivals has announced the lineup for its 2021 festival, taking place July 29-August 1 in Chicago’s Grant Park. The four-day festival will be headlined by Foo Fighters, Post Malone, Tyler the Creator, and Miley Cyrus, with additional acts including Journey, Modest Mouse, Megan Thee Stallion, Band of Horses, Jimmy Eat World, Limp Bizkit, Marshmello, Brockhampton, Young Thug, Illenium, Brittany Howard, Young the Giant, Steve Aoki, Whitney, Freddie Gibbs and many more. According to a statement from the festival, “full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test results will be required to attend Lollapalooza 2021. For patrons who are not fully vaccinated, a negative COVID-19 test result must be obtained within 24 hours of attending Lollapalooza each day.” Tickets are on sale now for $375 and up.
Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place September 10-12 in Chicago’s Union Park, has announced its 2021 lineup after being moved from July to September. Headliners include Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, and Phoebe Bridgers, with additional acts including Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon, Big Thief, The Fiery Furnaces, Cat Power, Ty Segall & Freedom Band, Danny Brown, Waxahatchee, Jay Electronica, Jamila Woods and more. Tickets are on sale now for $90-$185 per day or $195-$385 for a 3-day pass.