Wavefront Music Festival: Justice, Diplo, Fatboy Slim headline the beach party at the Montrose Beach music festival, July 6, 2013.
After dinner on Friday evening, I was taking a stroll through the lakefront parks of Evanston. A constant beat drifted through the air, perhaps coming from a large stereo blaring disco. I figured the source must be one of the vestigal Independence Day barbeques, as a few scattered families continued to grill chicken over charcoal, their children shielded from mosquitos in large tents. As I walked on, the rhythm did not fade. Huh. Must be a party further up the beach, with a larger boom box than I imaged. A half mile later, the oomph-oomph-oomph still floated on the breeze. Then it dawned on me. Holy crap, that is Wavefront I'm hearing.
If you live anywhere near the lake in Edgewater or Roger's Park, undoubtedly you got a taste of the electronic music festival on Montrose Beach. Six stages of DJs kept the party going on the sand from noon to 10pm. The Legends Stage was practically a DFA Records showcase, with Shit Robot, Holy Ghost and the three key members of LCD Soundsystem—Nancy Whang, Pat Mahoney and James Murphy—offering individual sets. (Sorry, no LCD band reunion just yet. Give it a few years.)
On the main stage, "the Wave Stage," the mysterious closing "Artists TBA" set turned out to be a repeat—TJR and Chris Lake returned in tandem after working the same space separately earlier in the day. A bit of a bummer for a headlining slot. But no worries, as Fatboy Slim, Rusko, Diplo and Justice provide more than enough star power over the following two days.
It's definitely worth the price of admission. But if you can't scrape together the cash, may I suggest simply taking a lounge chair to your nearest strip of North Side sand?