North Coast Music Festival: Labor Day's electronic music festival

Chicago's annual celebration of hip-hop, jam bands and electronic music returns to Union Park with the North Coast Music Festival this Labor Day Weekend.

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Lovers of EDM, rap, jam bands and indie rock filled Union Park on day two of North Coast Music Festival 2014, Saturday, August 30.

Lovers of EDM, rap, jam bands and indie rock filled Union Park on day two of North Coast Music Festival 2014, Saturday, August 30. Photograph: Matthew Sperzel

Ah, Labor Day, the end of summer. Accordingly, North Coast Music Festival bills itself as "Summer's Last Stand." (Though technically this is not the end of summer festivals, with Riot Fest arriving two weeks later.) Curated and run by a band of local club promoters—React Presents, Silver Wrapper, Cold Grums, Kingtello, Metronome Chicago—North Coast books a diverse range of acts that draws an equally diverse crowd, arguably the most varied of any Chicago music festival. Hip-hop, jam, dance, electronic music and indie rock acts come together in Union Park for a three-day party, Aug 29–31. Past headiners have included the Chemical Brothers, Bassnectar, Nas, Pretty Lights, Umphrey's McGee and Wiz Khalifa. This Labor Day Weekend, Bassnectar (him again) tops the first night, Friday, while Snoop Dogg closes the affair. Wear your brightest neon clothing and glow-sticks. Or crispiest baseball cap. Scroll down to see this year's best after-parties.


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North Coast 2014 photos

It was an explosion of neon and masks as festivalgoers donned their best costumes  at North Coast Music Festival 2014.

It was an explosion of neon and masks as festivalgoers donned their best costumes  at North Coast Music Festival 2014. Photograph: Matthew Sperzel

Lovers of EDM, rap, jam bands and indie rock filled Union Park on day two of North Coast Music Festival 2014, Saturday, August 30.

Lovers of EDM, rap, jam bands and indie rock filled Union Park on day two of North Coast Music Festival 2014, Saturday, August 30. Photograph: Matthew Sperzel

A colorful array of music fans and costumes were on hand for day one of North Coast Music Festival 2014, Friday, August 29.

A colorful array of music fans and costumes were on hand for day one of North Coast Music Festival 2014, Friday, August 29. Photograph: Matthew Sperzel




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Scott K

Keeping it cool and carcinogenic, I see.