Spring Awakening Is Moving Again And Announces Full Lineup

By Sophie Lucido Johnson in Arts & Entertainment on Apr 28, 2016 6:35PM

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Spring Awakening Music Festival 2014/Photo: Katie Karpowicz

After months of uncertainty over a location for the annual Spring Awakening music festival, organizers announced Thursday that the festival will now be held at Addams/Medill Park in Little Italy (1301 W. 14th St.)—and you can write that down in ink.

Spring Awakening is a summer festival that brings in celebrities from the Electronic Dance Music movement—a genre that gained mass popularity over the past five years. After a four-year run at Soldier Field, Spring Awakening was forced to change venues this year. Spring Awakening had previously set its sights set on Jackson Park for a location, and they were granted a conditional permit.

However, in April the permit was revoked. Ald. Leslie Hairston (5th) of the Jackson Park neighborhood told the Tribune that festival organizers didn't provide plans for the event, and that the festival coincided with the University of Chicago's convocation in the same area.

Since the news that the festival's Jackson Park plans fell through, organizers have been floundering for a back-up plan. In a press release, SAMF's founder Jeff Callahan wrote, "The process of orchestrating a festival of this size within the city of Chicago is staggering. ... We worked very hard to find a new home for Spring Awakening in a very short amount of time, and would like to thank our fans for their patience and unconditional support."

The music agency React Presents announced the new location and a full lineup simultaneously. This year's festival will boast two main stages: One will exclusively feature DJs, while the other will have live electronic music. Headlining the show this year will be Deadmau5, Zeds Dead, Flying Lotus, Crystal Castles, Flux Pavilion, and Jamie XX; as well as DJs like Above & Beyond and Kaskade. The full lineup was released earlier Thursday.

The festival will take place from June 10 to 12; three-day and single-day wristbands are on sale, and begin at $189. (Early bird $169 wrist bands are sold out.)