Spring Awakening 2017 find’s its groove, returns better than ever before

Spring Awakening 2017

In it’s second year calling the Addams/Medill Park it’s home. Spring Awakening 2017 flourished bigger and better than ever before. In it’s sixth year, Spring Awakening has honed its signature style of curating electronic influencers over the years creating and making it the electronic music mecca of the Midwest.

Spring Awakening 2017 exceeded expectation with it’s electronic star studded lineup and entertaining attractions throughout the festival grounds.

Expanding its festival grounds, it created more space for attractions like carnival rides and other unique activities. More importantly however along with the increase in space was the silent in between the stages and.

The six stages created the ultimate EDM playing ground. Along with the six stages there were many watering stations and sprinklers adjacent to the stages. Festival goers didn’t have to go far for a drink or to be cooled down. Providing the ultimate comfort for any music festival.

Spring Awakening 2017 providing the best musical experience to welcome in the summer time and festival season in Chicago.

Day 1

EDM legends like Benny Benassi and Armin Van Buuren made the first night a memorable one. Support from EDM leaders like Marshmello, Afrojack, Keys N Krates, Bingo Players and Galantis started off the first day the strongest opening day in recent years.

Seeing artists in person who have worldwide praise is a treat. Especially if they play double duty. Both Paul Oakenfold and Armin Van Burren performed twice throughout the three-day weekend. Van Burren had one headliner slot the first night at the Solstice Stage and one the next day at the Trance Area.

Chicago’s own Louis The Child brought the house down in front of the hometown crowd. They also brought out another Chicago favorite rapper Towkio for “GWM”. The young EDM duo looked liked seasoned veterans, these two are well on their way to becoming a larger force in the music scene.

Day 2

Saturday was the strongest day which topped the memories filled three-day festival. Despite setbacks from a canceled show from headliners Axwell and Ingrosso

The diverse list of electronic dance artists ranged uniquely from the live instrument performance from ZHU, to the show stealer and EDM heavyweight Diplo.

Chicago’s own Krewella stole the show with a blend of an in your face set and live performance. Sisters Jahan Yousaf and Yasmine Yousaf were fan favorites in their hometown but they also came to play with hits like “Alive” and “Team”.

ZHU paired with a saxophonist and guitarist brought his enchanting grooves to life. ZHU performed “In the Morning”, “Nightcrawler” and of course “Faded”. He made sure the night was one Spring Awakening festival goers would not forget.

Diplo returned to Spring Awakening 2017, after his duo performance with Skrillez as JackÜ in 2015 at Soldier Field. Diplo, the unofficial king of EDM, brought Spring Awakening 2017 into an electric frenzy with “Take Ü There”, “Where Are Ü Now” and “Lean On”.

Day 3

The third day brought Spring Awakening 2017 to a storybook ending with performances from Die Antwoord, Snails, Griz, and Alesso.

The spacious festival grounds hosted Chicago stable favorites like Porn And Chicken and Nathan Scott. The different stages included the Solstice Stage, Equinox Stage, Bass Kitchen, Silent Disco and Corona’s Electric Beach. Spring Awakening also had different branded named stages everyday. On Sunday the Sunday School stage hosted Gorgon City and Eats Everything.

Martin Garrix, the future king of EDM, made Spring Awakening his own with a show stopping set. His signature and electronic music classics like “Animals”, “Scared to be Lonely” and “In the name of Love”, brought out the best from the Spring Awakening crowd.

Final thoughts

Despite the unfavorable move from Soldier Field to Addams/Medill park two years ago, Spring Awakening has changed for the better. The lavish and luxury that came from being lakeside spoiled fans from experiencing what we saw at Spring Awakening 2017.

With more space to add and improve, everything was bigger and better than previous years. As the number of fans grew so did the stage sizes. Visually the Addams/Medill park transformed from a west side Chicago park into an EDM mecca haven.

Jesus J. Montero

Jesus J. Montero

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I interview people who wear sunglasses indoors.

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