North Coast Music Festival

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North Coast Music Festival
NCMF 2016 Lineup.jpg
GenreElectronic Dance Music, Folk, Rock, Hip hop
DatesSeptember 4-6th, Labor Day Weekend
Location(s)Union Park (Chicago)
Years active6

The North Coast Music Festival is a music and arts festival featuring folk, rock, hip hop, DJ's and wide variety of performance and installation artists[1][2][3][4] held annually over Labor Day weekend in Chicago at Union Park. 2016 will be its 7th year and is a collaboration of independent promoters in Chicago.


North Coast's first festival occurred on September 3–5, 2010 at Union Park in Chicago. The first iteration of the festival received generally positive reviews from the Chicago press including UrChicago which said "this weekend has definitely been one of the highlights of the year. The talent that was raked in for this festival was among some of the best around. This is definitely a festival to keep an eye on in years to come, they brought all they had to the table in 2010 and I’m sure no one left disappointed.”[5]

The lineup for the festival in 2010 included The Chemical Brothers, Nas & Damian Marley, Umphrey's McGee, The Disco Biscuits, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Van Dyk, Moby, Benny Benassi, Pretty Lights, De La Soul, Boys Noize, Jay Electronica, The New Deal, Flying Lotus, Benga, Laidback Luke, Mayer Hawthorne, Jakob Dylan, Future Rock, Green Velvet, Holy Ghost!, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, New Mastersounds, Claude VonStroke, Phantogram, Van Ghost, Loyal Divide, Orchard Lounge


North Coast's second year was held September 2–4 and featured a wider variety of artists including Bassnectar, David Guetta, Zed's Dead, and Major Lazer. This years attendance increased since the debut the year before and sold out days 2 & 3. Reviews were optimistic on the direction of the festival with Consequence of Sound saying, “They call North Coast 'Summer’s Last Stand,' and we’d like to keep standing with it for as long as it’ll have us. Any summer that ends with thousands of people dancing in a field together in the cool night air is alright by us.”[6]

The lineup for North Coast's sophomore year included: David Guetta, Bassnectar, STS9, Wiz Khalifa, Thievery Corporation, Fat Boy Slim, Common, Rusko, Gogol Bordello, Benny Benassi, Carl Cox, ATB, Lotus, of Montreal, Wolfgang Gartner, Major Lazer, Little Dragon, Future Rock, Zeds Dead, Neon Indian, Big Gigantic, The Budos Band, James Zabiela, SBTRKT, Paper Diamond, Van Ghost, Hood Internet, Orchard Lounge, Rubblebucket, Keys N Krates, Felix Cartal, Auto Body, The Soul Rebels, Lance Herbstrong, California Wives, Midnight Conspiracy, Team Bayside High, Gemini Club, Wyllys, DJ Thibault, Loyal Divide, Probcause, BBU, Zebo, The Coop, Orville Kline, Great Divide, The Ill & The Restless, Mario FLorek


The 2012 version of North Coast was held on August 31 - September 2 once again on labor day weekend. The festival continued being promoted as "Summer's Last Stand".

The 2012 lineup included: Pretty Lights, Girl Talk, Umphrey's McGee, Axwell, Steve Angello, Knife Party, Atmosphere, Steve Aoki, Excision, Alesso, Paul Oakenfold, Big Boi, The Rapture, EOTO, Digitalism, Chuckie (DJ), Tommy Trash, Yelawolf, Modestep, Felix Da Housecat, Future Rock, Mord Fustang, Yacht, Dan Deacon, Rebirth Brass Band, Boombox, Digital Tape Machine, King Khan and the Shrines, NiT GriT, Maya Jane Coles, People Under The Stairs, Van Ghost, Com Truise, Savoy, Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, Auto Body, Zebo, Family Groove Company, Strange Arrangement, Gentleman Hall


2013 saw North Coast feature a more diverse lineup that deviated from the primarily electronic lineups of past years. The festival was plagued by bad weather that forced two different weather evacuations. Nonetheless the festival was still able to continue mostly as planned and the delays did not cause any serious problems for the festival. The first weather evacuation occurred Friday afternoon in the middle of Capital Cities' set. They were visibly upset everyone was going to have to leave and tried to play "Safe and Sound" after being told to end their performance. The power was cut in the middle of the song forcing their show to end without them being able to play the entirety of their song that would later prove to be their biggest claim to fame. The Chicago Tribune said of the rain "Not just one, but two weather evacuations couldn't fully stop the beats and grooves for fans that headed to Chicago's annual Labor Day weekend festival, North Coast Music Festival.”[7]

The 2013 lineup featured: Passion Pit, Wu-Tang Clan, Afrojack, Big Gigantic, Nas, The Disco Biscuits, Lotus, Mac Miller, Gary Clark Jr Rebelution, Purity Ring, Laidback Luke, Datsik, Madeon, Skream, Paper Diamond, Claude Von Stroke, Future Rock, Conspirator, RL Grime, Danny Brown, Aloe Blacc, Aluna George, Just Blaze, Capital Cities, Steven Lions, JC Brooks, El Ten Eleven, Cherub, Poolside, Flatbrush Zombies, On An On, Bondax, Midnight Conspiracy, The Knocks, DVBBS, Herobust, Zoogma, Dean Cohen, Manic Focus, Thibault, K. Flay, Ghost Beach, Porn and Chicken, Ghost House.


North Coast's 5th anniversary was held August 29-31st and saw the fest expand through Union Park allowing a higher capacity of fans to attend. The Chicago Tribune said "This year the festival grounds were expanded, allowing for an increased capacity of 20,000 per day. Saturday and Sunday sold out, and Friday drew 19,000 fans.” [8]

The 2014 lineup featured: Bassnectar, Kid Cudi, STS9, Snoop Dogg, Alesso, Nicky Romero, Dada Life, Zeds Dead, Dr Dog, Little Dragon, Slightly Stoopid, theNEWDEAL, Adventure Club, Griz, Showtek, Wolfgang Gartner, W&W, Action Bronson, Boombox, Cashmere Cat, Chet Faker, Emancipator Ensemble, The Floozies, Future Islands, Future Rock, Keys N Krates, Lettuce, Papadosio, Riff Raff, Washed Out, What So Not, Wild Belle, Auto Body, Bad Bad Not Good, Break Science, Cosby Sweater, Dopapod, Grandtheft, J Philp, Midnight Conspiracy, Milk N Cookies, The Motet, Muzzy, The Nth Power, Ookay, Orchard Lounge, Porn and Chicken, Probcause, Thibault


In 2015 North Coast returned to Chicago's Union Park during Labor Day weekend, September 4-6th. This years festival saw the return of the silent disco and "Living Gallery" art exhibit.[9]

The lineup for 2015 included: Widespread Panic, D'Angelo and the Vanguard, The Chemical Brothers, Knife Party, Chromeo, Atmosphere, The Glitch Mob, Porter Robinson, Portugal the Man, Wale, Steve Aoki, The Roots, The Disco Biscuits, Tycho, Gold Panda, Joe Russo, Rac, Booka Shade, Galactic, Jauz, Manic Focus, Sphongle, Future Rock, Green Velvet, Kill The Noise, Snails, Soja, Twin Shadow, Wax Tailor, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Exmag, Leather Corduroys, Humans, Leikeli47, Lili K, Michal Menert, Phoebe Ryan, Sweater Beats, Goldfish, Haywyre, Ne-Hi, Porn and Chicken, Nahko & Medicine for the People, The Main Squeeze


North Coast will take place September 2-4th in Union Park. The lineup for 2016 includes: Odesza, Bassnectar, Zedd, Umphrey's McGee, Logic, Grouplove, The Claypool Lennon Delirium, Galantis, Action Bronson, Juicy J, Greensky Bluegrass, Sleigh Bells, Keys N Krates, Zomboy, Ty Dolla $ign, Matoma, Sam Feldt, Raury, The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, Stick Figure, Big Wild, and many more to be announced.

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  1. ^ Weimers, Clayton (September 8, 2012). "REVIEW: North Coast Music Festival - Chicago". The Horn. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  2. ^ Accessed 8 September 2012
  3. ^ Derek Staples and Lilian Cai (September 4, 2012). "Festival Review: Top Sets at North Coast Music Festival 2012". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved September 9, 2012.
  4. ^ Accessed 8 September 2012
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