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.
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. Past headiners have included the Chemical Brothers, Bassnectar, Nas, Pretty Lights, Umphrey's McGee and Wiz Khalifa. This Labor Day Weekend, Passion Pit tops the first night, Friday, while the full Wu-Tang Clan crew wraps things up by tearing through its landmark debut, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). 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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