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North Coast Music Festival Artist Lineup Announced

North Coast Music Festival is thrilled to announce the lineup for this year’s festival, which takes place during Labor Day Weekend from Friday, September 4th through Sunday, September 6th. Featuring three consecutive days of hip-hop, jam, indie, rock, R&B, electronic beats, and everything in between, each year North Coast transforms Chicago’s historic Union Park into a massive party for Coasties to indulge in Summer’s Last Stand.
For the 6th annual year, NCMF brings together a more diverse range of genres than ever before, and continues the tradition of pushing emerging artists to the forefront while appealing it’s broad musical scope to an equally diverse crowd. Returning headliners THE CHEMICAL BROTHERS are back this year after closing the inaugural NCMF in 2010. Additional 2015 headliners include R&B star D’ANGELO AND THE VANGUARD, who is riding high off the release of his first album in fourteen years, plus a very special SURPRISE ROCK HEADLINER that will be announced on Tuesday, May 12th.
The eclectic lineup features a wide range of artists including The Roots, Wale, Tycho, Atmosphere, Porter Robinson (Live), The Glitch Mob, Chromeo, Portugal. The Man, Booka Shade, RAC, Nahko & Medicine for the People, supergroup Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set), and an exciting performance from New Orleans’ premiere funk band Galactic joined by Macy Gray, plus many more.
North Coast Lineup
The Disco Biscuits, Steve Aoki, Knife Party, Dirty Dozen Brass Band are among the artists who return to play the festival, along with Gramatik’s Lowtemp labelmates Exmag, who made their debut performance during NCMF 2013. Local favorites returning this year include Chicago house legend Green Velvet, Future Rock, who will be performing for the sixth year in a row, Chicago’s resident DJ Zebo, along with up-and-coming acts like electronic jam producer Manic Focus, jazz and soul singer Lili K, rising alternative rapper Skizzy Mars, and blues-infused funk bands like The Heard, The O’My’s, and The Main Squeeze.

North Coast Music Festival 2014 Recap Video
This year NCMF will be bringing back the popular Silent Disco, as well as the “Living Gallery” presented by Elder Tree graffiti area. The music doesn’t stop when the festival hours end, as North Coast hosts a variety of after parties around Chicago at some of the city’s finest venues. After parties will be announced as the festival approaches, and tickets holders will have the opportunity to purchase advance tickets before the general public.
If you’re interested in covering the festival, please fill out the press application here. If you have any questions, please contact Michele D’Amaro at
NORTH COAST 2015 ARTISTS (listed alphabetically):
Booka Shade
Chemical Brothers
D’Angelo and The Vanguard
Dirty Dozen Brass Band
Future Rock
Galactic with Macy Gray
Gold Panda
Green Velvet
Joe Russo’s Almost Dead
Kill the Noise
King Chip
Knife Party
Lili K
Manic Focus
Michal Menert
Nahko & Medicine for the People
Phoebe Ryan
Porter Robinson (Live)
Portugal. The Man
Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ Set)
Skizzy Mars
Slow Magic
Steve Aoki
The Disco Biscuits
The Glitch Mob
The Heard
The Main Squeeze
The O’My’s
The Roots
Tripy Turtle
Turbo Suit feat. Joel Cummins of Umphrey’s McGee
Twin Shadow
Until the Ribbon Breaks
+ Surprise Rock Headliner TBA
Tickets are on sale now at!
About NCMF:
North Coast Music Festival was originally founded in 2010 by a group of independent promoters who came together to create an urban taste-maker festival of emerging and established artists from a diverse range of genres. Between them they produce hundreds of Chicago-based events each year, including multiple festivals in the Midwest, one off events at Chicago’s premiere music venues, street festivals, and more, that attract thousands of fans and artists from all over the world. Last year, NCMF celebrated it’s 5th year anniversary and sold out of 3-day passes for the first time, with nearly 60,000 people in attendance.
North Coast Music Festival
September 4th – September 6th, 2015
Union Park
Chicago, IL 60607
Friday: 3 PM – 10 PM
Saturday/Sunday: Noon – 10 PM