North Coast Music Festival
Event Info: (312) 742-7529 chicagoparkdistrict.com
For all the summer music fests we have in Chicago, North Coast Music Festival still serves a purpose. The annual Labor Day weekend event in Union Park leans more hip-hop, jam and electro, a mixture untouched by Pitchfork and Lollapalooza. Case in point: The 2013 iteration welcomes Wu-Tang Clan, Afrojack and Big Gigantic as headliners. Rappers Nas and Mac Miller sit alongside Gary Clark Jr. and the Disco Biscuits on the bill. Two gems to note: Purity Ring and AlunaGeorge, a seductive neo-trip-hop act from the U.K. that we adore. The first wave of acts includes: Wu-Tang Clan, Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Nas, the Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Mac Miller, Gary Clark Jr., Rebelution, Purity Ring, Laidback Luke, Datsik, Madeon, Paper Diamond, Skream, Claude VonStroke, RL Grime, Aloe Blacc, AlunaGeorge, Just Blaze, Capital Cities, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, El Ten Eleven, Cherub, Poolside, Flatbush Zombies, ON AN ON, Thibault, K.Flay and Dean Cohen.