Spring Awakening Music Festival Announces Phase Two Lineup

Spring Awakening is proud to reveal the Second Phase which features the roster for this year’s six Branded Stage showcases! Additionally, GANJA WHITE NIGHT has been added to perform on the Equinox Stage, following their recent performance at Chicago’s Aragon Ballroom.

BASS KITCHEN returns with a stacked lineup of the very best in dubstep, trap, and low end frequencies. FLUX PAVILION makes a grand return to Spring Awakening with TWO sets – following his solo headline performance, he plays a special B2B set with fellow Circus Records mainstay DOCTOR P. Joining the stage are a squad of undisputed champions including BRO SAFARI, BEAR GRILLZ, FIGURE, and BLEEP BLOOP, ready to take everyone on a wild journey through bass and time.
Back by popular demand, the DJ MAG stage turns up with high-volume acts running the gamut of modern dance. NICKY ROMERO headlines this electro-heavy tent, also bursting at the seams with big room originators like CASH CASH and DEORROfestival pioneer and genre destroyer DESTRUCTO, and Toronto tastemaker GRANDTHEFT.
This year, OLIVER HELDENS’ imprint HELDEEP makes its Spring Awakening debut. Along with Oliver himself, the stage hosts the deeper side of dance music, with Datsik & Bais Haus’ supergroup, EPHWURD, OG turntablist A-TRAK, Night Bass originator AC SLATER, and French deep house stand-out MERCER.
Fans of techno and house music rejoice in The Mid and React’s newest series, REQUIEM. To christen it, we welcome the special reunion of dance heroes SASHA & JOHN DIGWEED, along with a truly underground lineup featuring originators like LEE BURRIDGE, LEE FOSS, ANTHONY, PROK & FITCH, and ANTHONY ATTALLA.
Returning for its second year, SUNDAY SCHOOL takes fans straight to house heaven on a golden chariot of groovy vibes. Revered house icon DUBFIRE delivers a festival-closing sermon, with essentials like PETE TONG, dance music luminary JOSH WINK, and UK house dons WILL CLARKE and WEISS.
Noted as one of Spring Awakening’s most beloved series, TRANCE ARENA once again welcomes the top names in trance from around the world, featuring GARETH EMERY, MARKUS SCHULZ, COSMIC GATE, ALY & FILA, and ILAN BLUESTONE.

The 2018 edition of Spring Awakening Music Festival takes place Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10 at the beautiful Addams/Medill Park in Chicago. Don’t miss a beat and follow Spring Awakening on Facebook and Twitter for the latest news and announcements.


Spring Awakening Music Festival Announces Phase One Lineup

 SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL (SAMF) is thrilled to announce a massive Phase One lineup for its seventh annual installment, taking place Friday, June 8th through Sunday, June 10th. In 2018, the largest all-electronic music festival in the Midwest will return to the beautiful Addams/Medill Park in Chicago.
Spring Awakening’s two main stages – Solstice and Equinox – will once again showcase the event’s biggest names and productions. Headliners on the Solstice Stage are sure to please fans with performances by AFROJACKBORGORECARNAGEDASH BERLINDIMITRI VEGAS & LIKE MIKEHARDWELLKASKADESTEVE AOKI, and TIËSTO.
Meanwhile, on the Equinox Stage, ALISON WONDERLANDBIG GIGANTICDEADMAU5FLUX PAVILIONNGHTMRETCHAMISLUSHIIVIRTUAL SELF (Porter Robinson’s new alias that blends house, happy hardcore, garage and techno), and ZEDS DEAD round out the bill by featuring a variety of genres within the realm of dance music. Additional artists providing high-intensity energy on the Equinox Stage include BAAUERBLACK TIGER SEX MACHINEJOYRYDE, MATOMAMINNESOTA, while 3LAUGETTERSAM FELDTSEVEN LIONSSLANDER, and TRITONAL takeover the Solstice Stage.
To accompany the first phase of artists from around the world, Spring Awakening also reveals the identity of this year’s six Branded Stage showcases. React’s coveted event series will return with another round of specially curated stages for fans to explore. Whether you’re searching for soaring thrills and infectious rhythms of the TRANCE ARENA, the BASS KITCHEN’s perfect combination of grit and grime, or minimal beats by REQUIEM, the newest techno series, there’s a stage for everyone to call home.
Additionally, SAMF will host stage takeovers from three diverse brands within the dance music community. Attendees will experience uniquely tailored lineups from SUNDAY SCHOOL, featuring both big-name and underground champions currently dominating the scene, Oliver Helden’s HELDEEP Records imprint, and the acclaimed music publication DJ MAG with its own all-star lineup of DJs from the highest realms of EDM stardom.
Make no mistake, this is one of the most seismic lineups for Spring Awakening yet — and we still haven’t even touched Phase Two, which will be released next week!


October 12, 2017  SPRING AWAKENING MUSIC FESTIVAL (SAMF) is thrilled to announce the 2018 dates and location for its seventh annual installment, taking place June 8, 9 & 10. In 2018, the largest all-electronic music festival in the Midwest will return to the beautiful Addams/Medill Park in Chicago.
Discounted General Admission and VIP Early Bird tickets are on sale now! This limited Early Bird special will be available for 3 days only (October 12-14), and includes layaway options starting at $59 for 3-day tickets. Head over to now to secure your tickets at the lowest available price, courtesy of React Presents.
In 2017, Spring Awakening debuted brand-new stage designs and expanded its footprint across the park. Once again, the two main stages – appropriately named Solstice and Equinox – stood as homebase for the event’s biggest names and performances. The Solstice Stage hosted headlining performances by Marshmello, Martin Garrix, Diplo, Alesso, Afrojack and more, while Excision, GRiZ, Galantis, Datsik, Galantis, ZHU and more held it down on the Equinox Stage.
A variety of electronic music genres were showcased at the two tented stages with branded takeovers by Anjunadeep, Sunday School, Dancing Astronaut, Body Language, Bass Kitchen, and Trance Arena – which featured a surprise daytime set by Armin Van Buuren! This was the first time in Spring Awakening history where a headliner performed multiple sets in one weekend.
Today we invite fans to relive the spectacle and thrill of Spring Awakening with the premier of the 2017 Official Aftermovie. Featuring a complete and inclusive look at the festival’s shining moments and unforgettable performances, the aftermovie is sure to help attendees ride out the upcoming months in anticipation of SAMF 2018.

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Break Your Winter Coma with Spring Awakening 2016

It was through the sounds of deep bass coupled in intrinsic beats of hi hats that awakened us out of our winter comas and brought us out into the sunlight. Mass crowds convened with exhuberance of musical energy that encapsulated all that was good and exciting in this world. The Gods of music swept their hands over Medill Park and proliferated a gathering in celebration of the future of festivals.
There were many recognizable and beloved acts that made it out. Honestly, almost too many to name in one article. Some acts included Kaskade, Dillon Francis, Flying Lotus, Zeds Ded, Steve Aoki, Dead Maus, Datsik,Flux Pavillion. Newcomers of course such as Axillon, Hexes, and many more.
As we entered the park we were greeted with bold letters of Spring Awakening. There were really almost two sides of the festival; one being during the heat of the day and the second coming to life within the imaginations of the night.
During the day, the park filled with short shorts, bikinis, and muscle shirts. Temperatures that hit the weekend sky rocketed but the park was still piled with musical junkies. The bumping music spiraled into our ears as it massaged spots that the auditory cortex has never been touched before. Radical cells began to fire into a conscious experience of music. We walked from stage to stage as beats excited an ensemble of feelings within us.
There were three tented stages that fit comfortably under the shade whilst the two main stages were surrounded with structures of something resembling the hellish black widow spider. I was immediately gravitated towards this stage and as the night lowered its dark cape over the park- the stage began to pirouette in radiance of the LEDs that garmented the surface. The large pedipalps of the hybrid spider came down over the stage; each leg flashed musically synced screens displaying visuals developed uniquely for each artist’s act. The structure sparked to life with high end spectrums of color that began dilating our pupils in its excitement.
From under my vigilant watch I could have sworn to have seen this structure crawling renegade from where it was fixated. It was almost as if it could have smashed through buildings taking torment over the city in a sort of cartoon like fantasy. Police stood by shooting it down but nothing could penetrate the shielded metal of its cephalothorax. It spewed out fire into the skies kissing our skin with heat from its fury. Bright spot lights stood flagging down alien life from beyond the dimensions of the attention of the human eye. Laser beams smoldering human from left to right as we all scattered to safety. The park was in utter chaos and thrown in the middle of the battle of laser beams and the black widows fiery destruction.
Abruptly, I was pulled out of my day dream whilst my group urged me near the stage within the crowds of dancing feet. Machines bounced harmoniously throwing us wildly through the waves of sound. A man in a monkey/ astronaut suit was quite humorously lifted from within the crowd standing proudly during the Zeds Ded set. Everyone, guys and girls danced without hindrance. A true momentous feeling captivated the crowd as we celebrated this beauty of living.
What was all the more interesting about this festival besides the complexities of performance; was the fact there was not one unhappy person. I can’t estimate for sure how many people attended if I counted but surely I couldn’t even count one who wasn’t having the time of their life! Festivals are magical like this. It can take anyone out of their shell; out from the darkness. The artists were amazing of course; but as I stood taking in the fest moment by moment I couldn’t help to think that it was art in itself. The life that swarmed here, the clothing, the personalities- a living and breathing amusement park built in the grace of music.

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