Spring Awakening has made its mark on the midwest this year as one of the premier electronic music festivals. With a lineup that called on the best of the best in each genre there’s really no comparison. As always I’ve felt that Spring Awakening acts as the gateway to summer and this year was no different. The grounds were increased in size which facilitated two MASSIVE main stages along with a new Corona stage which acted as the perfect place to cool off in the heat. Day one is always a feeler day for me to check out the fest and get my bearings. For me the day was filled with artists to sing along to AKA Vanic, Louis The Child, and Armin Van Buuren. Louis The Child brought out Benny The Bull which is hands down the coolest guest you could bring out in Chicago. Armin closed out Friday night for me with anticipation knowing he was going to throw down an insane set at the Trance Arena the following day. Day two the heat kicked in a little bit but that didn’t stop Chicago from coming out early. Mija played a great house set before Malaa which set the groove right on the Equinox stage. The solstice stage ended the night strong with a face melting set from Yellow Claw only to be followed up by the legend Diplo. Anjunadeep held down a stage ending the night with Rufus Du Sol which you absolutely can never go wrong with. And as always, the Trance Arena was slammed basically all day long. Day three for me is always a recovery day, especially when it’s 90 degrees. You could’ve found me all day long sitting near the sprinklers at the basketball court.
With that in mind, the Solstice stage kept the intensity throughout the day. TJR into Headhunterz looked liked a straight up workout for the crowd before Jauz. I did have a chance to check out the Bass Kitchen which, if you didn’t know about Chicago, we LOVE our bass music. Choosing a closer to watch on Sunday was probably the hardest decision all weekend. Kill The Noise, Griz, or Martin Garrix makes for a tough choice. I ended up catching the start of Griz where he had some amazing new visuals from the last time I had saw him play. Thirty or so minutes in I went to catch Kill The Noise where you could literally feel the heat from the tent pouring out. It was a sweaty swamp in the Bass Kitchen. From there I went to catch the end of Garrix which had a great firework show to round it out. I swear it never gets old when he plays ‘Tremor’ and the whole crowd sings along with the notes. Overall this year’s festival was amazing, simply put. With an allstar lineup that rivals top festivals around the world and a beautiful city behind it, there’s no doubt Spring Awakening is here to stay.