The final day of the massive EDM festival in Soldier Field was also the hottest—literally. There was a lot of water being sprayed on the sweaty masses, as the second EDM festival of the summer season came to a close. At least it finally felt like summer, after last month's rather chilly Electric Daisy Carnival. Flocks of electronic fans headed to Soldier Field for the third day of Spring Awakening. We were there to capture the club kids, ravers, bros and cosplayers that make these events such a treat for the eyes. Check out pictures of our favorite festivalgoers from Saturday and Friday, too.
Here is our Emily Ornberg on day three of Spring Awakening:
Although there were dozens of neon variations, the most popular and appropriately labeled screen-printed T-shirt seen on the last day of the weekend-long dubstep rave read “Sunday Funday.” Wrapping up Spring Awakening, Sunday hosted the most commotion, highest temperatures and fewest pants. As the bustling crowd shuffled around the site, Solider Field proved to be an ideal festival venue. Although the close proximity between the two stages and two tents eliminated spaces for audible conversations to be had, there was hardly any sound overlap. Cooling stations and indoor bathrooms lended themselves for the sweaty fans to chill out, including personal water hoses and water bottle refill stations.
One of Sunday’s most memorable acts was Brooklyn duo Break Science. Although it wasn't the only act to do so, the crew featured live drums in addition to the electronic production, which really lifted their sound. Its 2011 cut “Boogie Down,” featuring a slowed down Earth, Wind and Fire sample and fluting synths, showed the act’s versatility and vintage groove. Chicago-born trio Krewella moved to the main stage this year, performing to their largest crowd to date. Utilizing a singer-songwriter approach to writing their tracks, Krewella’s music had more pop-punk undertones, as seen in their worldwide hit “Alive.” Sisters Yasmine and Jahan Yousef upheld endless energy on the massive stage as they sang each of the tracks live, stage diving and climbing over security to interact with the audience.
Closing out the festival was Calvin Harris, whose set moved slowly from one track to the next. Performing older house-inspired tracks such as “We Are Your Friends,” “Flashback” and “Bounce,” Harris had the crowd singing and clapping along. At the close of his set, fireworks exploded over the crowd and strobe lights illuminated the panda hats and sunglasses as Harris sampled “Feel So Close” in his deadpan voice. Although he was one tiny man in a DJ booth in front of thousands of people, Harris connected to everyone in the stadium.