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Mamby on the Beach's lineup (and new location) is here
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Mamby on the Beach's lineup (and new location) is here

For the last four years, Mamby on the Beach has brought electronic, indie and hip-hop acts to Oakwood Beach during the last few weekends of June. This summer, the curiously named music festival is on the move, with a new location on the city's North Side (Montrose Beach) and a new weekend that's significantly later in the summer (August 23 and 24). Festival co-organizers React Presents (the same folks behind the relocated Spring Awakening Music Festival) are framing the change in venue as a way to offer additional space for the event's three stages, beach games and other activities. Mamby on the Beach's 2019 lineup includes headlining acts like sprawling rap collective Brockhampton, deep house producer Zhu, synth-pop singer Troye Sivan, Porter Robinson's retro techno project Virtual Self, electro-pop duo Sylvan Esso and a 3D concert overseen by electronic musician Flying Lotus. Other highlights of the bill include genre-fusing singer-songwriter Santigold, Reggie Watts' and John Tejada's electro-pop combo Wajatta and dreamy rock duo Phantogram. There are also five unannounced performers on the lineup that will be revealed in the coming weeks. While Montrose Beach has hosted festivals and concerts in the past, but it's been several years since an event similar in size to Mamby on the Beach has made use of the venue. The EDM-focused Wavefront Music Festival took place on Montrose Beach in 2012 and 2013, but traffic congestion around the venue and noise complaints from Uptown,

The Riot Fest lineup is finally here!
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The Riot Fest lineup is finally here!

Blink-182, Slayer, Bikini Kill and more are coming to Douglas Park this September

7 Chicago artists you must see this summer
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7 Chicago artists you must see this summer

These rising local bands deserve a spot on your crowded summer concert calendar

All the shows you can see at Taste of Chicago
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All the shows you can see at Taste of Chicago

Courtney Barnett, De La Soul and India.Arie will provide the soundtrack for your street food feast

Every summer concert in Millennium Park
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Every summer concert in Millennium Park

Los Amigos Invisibles, Car Seat Headrest, Lydia Loveless and more free shows

Concerts in Chicago

Concerts in Chicago this week
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Concerts in Chicago this week

In the mood for a concert? Check out this week's top gigs at venues all over the city

Concerts in Chicago in June
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Concerts in Chicago in June

Anderson .Paak, Billie Ellish, Vampire Weekend and more great summer shows

Concerts in Chicago in July
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Concerts in Chicago in July

Beck, Pitchfork Music Festival, Carly Rae Jepsen and more hot summer gigs

Concerts in Chicago in August
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Concerts in Chicago in August

Lollapalooza, Herbie Hancock and more killer shows.

See the full calendar of upcoming concerts in Chicago

Music festivals

Pitchfork Music Festival
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Pitchfork Music Festival

What to see—and people watching—at the hippest festival of the year

Lollapalooza
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Lollapalooza

Who's playing, pictures, what to eat, mud people, previews, reviews and more

Ravinia Festival
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Ravinia Festival

Pack a picnic and see some classic acts in the ‘burbs

Riot Fest
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Riot Fest

Complete coverage of the second biggest music festival in town

See more Chicago music festivals

Best music and nightlife venues in Chicago

The best rock venues in Chicago
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The best rock venues in Chicago

Whether you're a music geek or just want to air guitar to some solos, these 11 venues should be on your radar

The best nightclubs in Chicago
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The best nightclubs in Chicago

Our favorite spots for a sweaty night of dancing with friends and strangers

The best blues clubs in Chicago
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The best blues clubs in Chicago

If you want to boogie to the blues, these are the places to go

The best jazz clubs in Chicago
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The best jazz clubs in Chicago

Jazz is very much alive in Chicago, and there are plenty of places to see the city's hottest players

The best hip-hop music clubs in Chicago
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The best hip-hop music clubs in Chicago

From drill to old-school, soul-sampling hip-hop, here's where you need to go to see rising rappers

The best karaoke bars in Chicago
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The best karaoke bars in Chicago

Sing your heart out, drink your liver out at these favorite local karaoke spots

The best music ever

The 40 best album covers of the '90s
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The 40 best album covers of the '90s

From the Nirvana baby to Ol' Dirty Bastard, these are our favorite record sleeves from the 1990s

The 50 best ’80s songs
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The 50 best ’80s songs

The era of excess delivered on its promise sonically with glittering, shimmering gems

The 11 best Björk songs ever
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The 11 best Björk songs ever

Her greatest hits, as voted on by Time Out's music staff

The 50 best karaoke songs ever
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The 50 best karaoke songs ever

So hit the karaoke bar, grab the mike, knock back your drink: It's time to take the stage

The 20 best R&B songs ever
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The 20 best R&B songs ever

Take a bump ’n’ grind down memory lane with the top R&B songs from the last quarter-century

The 50 best drinking songs
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The 50 best drinking songs

Any occasion is a good occasion for a drinking song. Feeling too blue to say cheers? We've got songs to drown your sorrows, too.