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Lollapalooza: day two continues the momentum

Future's performance at Lollapalooza on Friday drew a large crowd and featured a special guest performer. (Josh Leff | The DePaulia)

Pat Mullane

July 30, 2016

As crowds of people shuffled through Grant Park early Friday evening, rain drops scattered among them.  The sky remained dull and grey for the majority of the afternoon, though the spirits did not.  Finding themselves halfway through Lollapalooza, exhaustion kicked in but it was nothing that Saba or...

Pitchfork Music Festival 2016: Saturday

Lead singer of Super Furry Animals Gruff Rhys directed the audience with cue cards and sang through a helmet during their Saturday performance at Pitchfork Music Festival.

Pat Mullane

July 17, 2016

The levels of energy — along with the heat and sweat—were undeniably high on Saturday at Pitchfork.  The grass remained filled the entire night, as long lines wrapped around beer tents, mini thrift shops and food huts that all converged in a mass of hundreds in front of the three stages.  Satur...

Mamby on the Beach surprises with Chance the Rapper, Tycho

Matt Koske

July 6, 2016

Oakwood Beach hosted Mamby on the Beach’s second year featuring acts by Milky Chance, Animal Collective, Atmosphere, Chet Faker, Santigold, Chromeo, Tycho, Lido and a surprise appearance by Chicago hip-hop artist Chance the Rapper this past Fourth of July weekend. After a successful run last year, Mamby on the Beach and pr...

Cross-country music festivals worth the road trip

Cross-country music festivals worth the road trip

Cheriden Sablik

July 31, 2015

June 5, I found myself packing my dad’s SUV with camping equipment and really unhealthy snack foods in preparation for my 6 hour journey to Cincinnati with my three best friends. We were roadtripping to Bunbury Music Festival, whose lineup boasted the likes of The Black Keys, The Avett Brothers, Snoop Dogg, Twenty One Pilots and my two favorite ban...

Lollapalooza outlook: Discussing the festival’s lineup and expectations

Lollapalooza outlook: Discussing the festival's lineup and expectations

Kirsten Onsgard, Erin Yarnall, and Josh Leff

July 27, 2015

As Chicago's biggest and most famous music festival approaches, Digital Managing Editor Kirsten Onsgard, Arts & Life Editor Erin Yarnall and Photo Editor Josh Leff dissect the lineup, experience and expectations of Lollapalooza 2015. Read More »...

5 artists to see at Mamby on the Beach

5 artists to see at Mamby on the Beach

Kevin Quin

July 8, 2015

This weekend, music lovers will flock to the sandy shores of Oakwood Beach near the South Side for Mamby On The Beach, a new electronic music event that adds even more flare to Chicago’s ever-growing list of summer music festivals. Read More »...

Spring Awakening Day Two: EDM hits and rowdy fans

Kevin Quin

June 15, 2015

The energy of the audience for Day 2 at Spring Awakening Music Festival easily surpassed the previous day. Read More »...

Photos: Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 takes over Chicago

Photos: Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 takes over Chicago

Arthur Ortiz and Josh Leff

January 19, 2015

[slideshow_deploy id='8765'] Tomorrow Never Knows 2015 paired nationally-touring acts and small local bands onstage throughout Chicago. Read More »...

Recap: VIA Festival 2014 brings host of rare experiences

Anamanaguchi plays Emporium Beercade. Left: Attendees play pinball before the show. (Kirsten Onsgard / The DePaulia)

Kirsten Onsgard and Kevin Quin

October 5, 2014

Though festival season may be over for most music lovers, VIA Festival 2014 brought a host of rare experiences that made standing in line in the bitter cold well worth the wait. Unlike typical festival structures, VIA Festival 2014 is a collaborative effort from several local and national sponsors that...

The safety dance: Danger at music festivals

A concert attendee is carted off by emergency responders after being injured at a rock concert called the Tibetan Freedom Concert. Photo courtesy of Gabriel B. Tait.

Kirsten Onsgard

June 2, 2014

Last fall at Electric Zoo, an electronic dance music (EDM) festival in New York, two young adults died and four were hospitalized, prompting organizers to cancel the final day of the festival. In 2011, Bonnaroo reported its tenth death since its inception, prompting the Huffington Post to note “the...

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