Festivals Interview

Summer Set Music & Camping Festival – Music + Camping = Life

Summer Set Music & Camping Festivals 2016 line up was screaming with the most well known electronic and musical acts to date. The festival was held at Somerset, Wisconsin and celebrated its fifth year anniversary with acts which included; Steve Aoki, Skrillex, Bassnectar, Gramatik, Flux Pavillion, Marshmello, Nghtmre, Infected Mushrooms, STS9, Chance the Rapper and a slew of others including an EPIC filthy Jauz after party!
This year we had the privilege of staying in the RV camping site which was a whole new perspective for attending a festival. I personally had yet to experience this side of festival life but If you have ever been camping; then you too share my deep appreciation for air-conditioning. There are several obvious perks when staying in the RV camping site if your budget permits. Perks like, how much I didn’t miss waking up under the blaze of an afternoon sun dripping in a mixture of my own sweat and the toxins melting through my pores from the night before. Secondly, the public showers were spacious and warm without a line hurrying you. Close by were a more hygienic choice of public restrooms equipped with toilet paper! And of course last but not least, electricity was a definite plus. It is definitely nice to have a constant line of communication with your fellow festie goers. This made it easier to explore the festival without any worry because everyone knows how easy it is to loose friends in the crowds at some of the most dire times.
Although, there are those small luxuries of life to be grateful for within the RV camping; I have to be honest when stating there were just some aspects of the RV site that didn’t compare to roughing it. Within tent camping there was somewhat more of an adventurous aspect; something undeniably went void along with the interesting characters and stories which resided within the fabric of those polyester walls. More that half the times these neighbors which were once strangers end up being your new best friends! In all honesty that didn’t happen to us this year; mainly because we were more secluded. This is neither good nor bad. I guess a plus was we got to spend more time with the friends we came there with. In contrast the home status of your tent created an undying bond within the proximity of close neighbors. The raw in the moment incidents in which strangers find conversation were harder to come by because it was easier to hide away behind closed doors. The excitement of the night or the intimacy of the morning with your eyes half open were more exclusive within the RV side. This could be good or could take out that element of surprise to others.
There were four stages this year including; The Grove, The Saloon, The Big Top, and of course the Main Stage. The park was laid out with the Main Stage held on concrete surrounded by multiple food vendors and classic carnival attractions. When making your way to The Big Top you don’t have to feel bad about missing leg day at the gym because believe me; they got you covered!
Around each corner there was some new twist of an artistic touch that stuck out. An artist’s take on a seductive Cherokee woman with hair dancing in the wind laid her eyes on you as you passed into the trails of the park. Amazingly, the artists stood outside painting murals allowing an audience to continue checking in on their progress throughout the weekend.There were also romantic garden scapes with benches along the side that really brought in a feminine aura.The Main Stage had these cartoon-esque metal trees which held Chinese nylon lanterns that really brought up the mood of the park creating a bubbly virtual reality feel.
Festival Art
One very memorable piece of art was found at the grove. While we sat waiting for Grimes to make the stage; we listened to opera play in the background as we observed a particularly interesting piece of art. Standing at least 20 feet tall; devilish tree branches snarled fire into the skies. This was an interactive piece in which several participants could choose to pull cords in order to spark a fire; only to realize that if they all pulled at the exact same time the fires would combine into an overwhelming magnitude out of its mechanical branches.
Music was well noted and not only were there electronic acts but some live acts made their way in as well. DJ headliners were all about the filth this year with dirty bass lines. While the tents seem to have laid down more deep house acts. There were notable vocalists and rappers including Eryn Allen Kane.
I was really excited to see Skrillex make it out. He left out his lighter mixes and instead had dirty hip-hop matched with progressive dance beats and filthy bass lines. He was colored in red with an eerily creepy skeleton graphic dancing around in a contorted torso and was amputated from before the pelvis bone down. It was obvious that many people came solely to see Skrillex and the crowd went hard to show their undying support.
Marshmello played a day set which was evenly set up for a very diverse crowd. I found he chose to mix softer songs in the beginning of his set and got progressively harder and filthier at the end.
Infected Mushrooms had an underground feel mixed with heavy metal guitarist who’s crunch was amplified throughout The Big Top tent. Their stage design was accompanied by an otherworldly mushroom with octopus legs outstretching from each side. It was quite the image to have in mind whilst listening to this unique mesh of hard rock solos meets dance beats.
It was great seeing Alison Wonderland come out as well this year. I was also really interested in hearing her get the crowd hyped and exclaiming before dropping her infamous dub hit that it was written about anxiety. It was so nice to hear her reach out to her fans and show how we all can relate to the obstacles life can hand us.
Alison Wonderland
It was great seeing Chance the Rapper chooses to travel with his band. I could tell within some of his new work that gospel has had a major influence in his roots. Of course as he took the stage his distinct voice rushed in a crowd.
Chance The Rapper
Autograf was very attuned to their sound. The group seemed to have an ability to cast a sheer feel of blissfulness over its listeners and elevate their fans. I don’t believe anyone could even touch the path they chose to take in electronic music.
STS9 also made a great appearance holding it down for electronic jam bands. We got the privilege of interviewing these kind-hearted musicians about their new album release entitled “The Universe Inside” coming out September 2nd. It was interesting hearing their perspective on the album and why they chose to entitle the album in such a deeply inspiring way.

There were too many acts to name that amazed me this year and not to mention the clothes vendors which inspired the splurge of shopping that over took me. The harder DJs acts really got the crowd down and of course there were great vibes around. A first time festie goer even mentioned how a random girl came up and hugged her and told her “I hope you have a great time at the festival.” I realized that yeah, this is how festivals are! You can meet people and have these special interactions with others in a way that our “normal” lives may not have. It seemed to be a great fifth anniversary for Summer Set Music & Camping Festival and can’t wait to make it out there next year.
Check out our photo album from Summer Set Music & Camping Festival here.


Interview with STS9

STS9 live performance at Summer Set Music & Camping Festival was one set you did not want to miss! We got the privilege of interviewing Alana Rocklin and Hunter Brown about their new album release entitled “The Universe Inside” coming out September 2nd. It was interesting hearing their perspective on the album and why they chose to entitle the album in such a deeply inspiring way.


Festivals Nightlife

Official North Coast Music Festival After Parties Announced

 North Coast Music Festival (NCMF) is thrilled to announce this year’s Official After Parties, happening at the finest clubs and venues in Chicago!  The festival ends at 10pm but your night doesn’t have to! There’s something for everyone with everything from jam-bands at concert halls to indie DJ sets on downtown rooftops to classic house and techno nights at iconic clubs to small venues showcasing the best in Chicago hip-hop. Tickets are on sale now at

  • Sleigh Bells (DJ Set) – Cerise Rooftop at the Virgin Hotels – Tickets available at
  • Baauer – the MID – Tickets available at
  • Galantis (DJ Set) – Prysm Nightclub – Tickets available at
  • Louis Futon – Bottom Lounge – Tickets available at


  • Umphrey’s McGee – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available at
  • Keys N Krates (DJ Set) – the MID – Tickets available at
  • Ty Dolla $ign – Prysm Nightclub – Tickets available at
  • Joey Purp & Saba with Ravyn Renae – Bottom Lounge – Tickets available at


  • Vulfpeck & TAUKing McGee – Concord Music Hall – Tickets available at
  • Sam Feldt – the MID – Tickets available at
  • Zedd – Prysm Nightclub – Tickets available at
  • Farley Jackmaster Funk, Jesse Saunders, Gene Farris & More – Transit – Tickets available at

Watch North Coast’s hype video below and stream the Official Playlist with nearly 3 hours of music featuring 40 Coastie acts from the 2016 lineup on Spotify!

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NCMF General Admission and VIP Passes Are On Sale at!


 FREAKY DEAKY – The Largest Halloween Event in the Midwest – is thrilled to announce the complete artist lineup for its eighth anniversary! The 3-day festival returns to the expansive Toyota Park just outside of downtown Chicago in Bridgeview, Illinois over Halloween weekend. Featuring 50+ artists spanning multiple genres, Freaky Deaky 2016 promises a chilling and thrilling experience that will bring the freak out of everyone this October.
3-Day Passes are on sale now at!
This year’s headliners include UK brothers DISCLOSURE (DJ Set), the house godfather himself TIËSTO, one of trap and pop music’s most esteemed contributors DJ SNAKE, DJ Mag’s #1 electronic act DIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKE, the master of success DJ KHALED, and hip hop’s Top Dawg SCHOOLBOY Q, coming off his sophomore album, Blank Face. Watch the theatrical announce trailer below.

Alongside the lethal array of headliners, hip hop makes its mark on this year’s festival as TRAVIS SCOTT is set to make moves in celebration of his forthcoming album, Birds In The Trap Sing McKnight, along with DESIIGNER, best known for his Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single “Panda,” and wunderkind producer METRO BOOMIN who promises to bump some of the hottest beats from the past two years. A$AP FERG, fresh off of his widely acclaimed album Always Strive and Prosper, will follow suit, while New York trio FLATBUSH ZOMBIES and Freshman XXL 2016 honoree LIL DICKY both make their coveted return to Chicago after each of their massive sold out shows at Concord Music Hall.
On the electronic side of the spectrum, bass music champion and Shark Squad captain JAUZ, long-heralded female DJ duo NERVO, funk-mastermind GRAMATIK, Montreal’s own dubstep hero SNAILS, acid house legend BOYS NOIZE, and more all contribute to the weekend’s spooky soundtrack.

Throughout the weekend, the Crypt Stage will transform each night to highlight a diverse scope of dance music’s most noteworthy contributors. On Friday, October 28, dubstep veteran and original Evol Intent member BRO SAFARI taking the lead with the best that bass music has to offer. Bass lovers are sure to find refuge when fellow dubstep creators FIGURE, CRIZZLY and ILLENNIUM join the renowned trap stylings of duo LOUDPVCK and 4B.
On Saturday, October 29, fans will discover an unforgettable blend of live electronic music on this dynamic stage, with 3D animation and live lighting from the DUBFIRE HYBRID:LIVE showcase. Alongside him, an all-inclusive blend of deep house, hip hop and techno will be represented by the likes of CLAPTONE, MK, BRODINSKI and KILL FRENZY.
Closing out the Cyrpt Stage on Sunday, October 30 is house music pioneer JAMIE JONES. Known for his ground-breaking Hot Creations label and global event series, Paradise, Jamie will play alongside his cross genre Hot Natured bandmate and native Chicagoan, LEE FOSS. Fellow house and techno cornerstones GUY GERBER, ARDALAN and GENE FARRIS will support the takeover to provide underground aficionados with their very own sanctuary for the day.
Each year, Freaky Deaky provides an unmatched atmosphere with its inclusivity and powerful visual spectacle. In addition to three epic stages, which showcase their own unique, eye-popping designs, festival attendees promise to be immersed in droves of costumed performers, artful pyrotechnics, and a wide assortment of devilish food and drink vendors.
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About Freaky Deaky:Ever since this dark and twisted adventure was founded in 2008 by React Presents, Freaky Deaky continues to grow bigger, better, and a little spookier every year, transforming into the freakiest costume party in the Chicagoland area. In 2011, the single day event expanded into Detroit with over 5,500 people in attendance. In 2012, Freaky Deaky expanded to two days, which attracted over 9,000 attendees, making it the largest Halloween event in the Midwest. Offering a diverse range of world class artists, past performers include MSTRKRFT, Chromeo, Wolfgang Gartner, Laidback Luke, Dada Life, GRiZ, Claude VonStroke, Flux Pavilion, Nervo, Knife Party, Danny Brown, Tommy Trash, A-trak, Araabmuzik, Kill the Noise, Tchami, Bloody Beetroots, Crystal Castles, Boys Noize, TOKiMONSTA, and more.

Toyota Park
7000 Harlem Ave
Bridgeview, IL 60455
18+ | 2:00 PM Doors