Wavefront Music Festival: The guide to Chicago's EDM beach party
The Wavefront summer music festival brings the electronic sounds of Chicago clubs to Lake Michigan for a three-day beach party in the first weekend of July.
In just its second year, Wavefront has established itself as one of Chicago's best summer festivals. For one, it's on sand. Nobody will confuse Montrose Beach for Ibiza, but the popularity of electronic music was built on the beaches of Europe. Secondly, Wavefront bill is a little brainier than the competition, Electric Daisy Carnival and Spring Awakening. Those music festivals lean heavy on trance, dubstep and the mainstream. Here, you get a more diverse spread of veterans, outliers and subtler architects of electronic music.
In 2013, Wavefront takes over Montrose Beach on July 5–7. Diplo, Justice, Rusko, Fatboy Slim and Maya Jane Coles are just some of the big names on the lineup this year. Miss LCD Soundsystem? James Murphy and Pat Mahoney and Nancy Whang of the band will offer DJ sets.
Check out pictures of performers and crowds at Wavefront and interviews with this year's DJs.
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