The Sights and Sounds has been invited to cover the 2013 Spring Awakening Music Festival at Soldier Field, Chicago and as part of our coverage of the event, and in an effort to continually bring you the best in new and great music, we will be breaking the three day festival into playlist format so you can check out new artists you may not have heard before or rage to your old favorites as the event draws near.
Saturday morning once again sees the return of the Chicago homegrown noise as the first few sets belong to local talent – local talent who have been making some big moves on the national EDM scene. If you get into Soldier Field earlier Saturday, make sure to catch the sounds of Robots on the Run, Team Bayside High, Stratus, and Kings of Class.
Los Angeles dance makers Oliver are up next on Da Equinox Stage in one of my most anticipated sets of the weekend while Oakland based Lucky Date and three-piece group Savoy take over the 4:30 slot times. Look for Savoy’s set to include some new disco and funk sounds from their recent Three Against Nature EP. Following the two powerhouse performances will be AN21 & Max Vangeli on the main stage, which is sure to bring in a massive crowd. However, my time will most likely be spent checking out Gramatik and his electro-funk sounds that have become increasingly popular over the last few months.
The 6:30pm slot time is by far one of the toughest decisions of the weekend as all four stages have incredible talent performing. The Chi-town crowd can start on Da Colonnades Stage where Na Palm will be spitting some lyricism over the beats of Sephano & Torio. The three other stages will be split between the massive sounds of 12th Planet, Flosstradamus (another Chicago staple), and the beautiful Australian twins known as Nervo. Whether you plan on jumping around to catch all four acts, or you stick to the front row of your favorite, chances are you will not be disappointed.
Appropriately we wind down the night – or better yet, get it going – with the end of the alphabet as Zedd and Zeds Dead take the following two hours in what will range from anthemic house tunes to dirty dub and bass. Putting the proverbial cherry on top of Saturday night will be Bassnectar, who at this point shouldn’t need any introduction. I caught part of his set at Hangout Music Festival a couple weeks back which included such massive tracks as “Ping Pong,” a remix of “Seven Nation Army,” “This Is Why I’m Hot,” and “Bass Head.” So yeah, expect big things.
Day 1 Playlist – Day 2 Playlist – Day 3 Playlist