Missed the freak float on this year’s inaugural Electric Daisy Carnival?
Not to worry: Spring Awakening is back for its second year at Soldier Field, turning the storied Bears home into a strobe-lit EDM spaceship.
Here are the top acts to catch at Chicago’s premier dance music festival.
Take the heavy bass wobbling out of the South London club scene, bottle it up inside a joystick-wielding arcade machine and you have Nero — London’s leading drum and bass trio. Nero’s spell-breaking blend of heavy bass overdrives and arena rock light shows lure the audience into a visually arresting trance, before blasting fans with guitar synths and ear-shaking bass. If you wear a hat to their set, hold onto it.
Like the mischievous love child of Skrillex and Daft Punk, this Estonian producer draws inspiration from the glitchy sounds of classic videogames to fuel his sometimes manic, often eccentric, always intensive electro-house mixture. Since his party-starting remixes and fun-loving originals never take themselves too seriously, we don’t have to either. We can just jump around for the hell of it.
Berlin producer and self-described creator of “party techno,” DJ Alexander Ridha (better known as Boys Noize) hits you in the face with that badass, grimy, distorted sound that has come to be expected from the birthplace of techno. He weaves a wide variety of influences from Chicago house and German electroclash to traditional disco and hip-hop into an awesomely explosive, noisy package.
Much like the beat-heavy rockers of Ratatat and The Bloody Beetroots, Auto Body is a rock-ready electronic duo that fuses the genres by placing wild, funky dance tracks over smoky, dream-like melodies to create distinctive, off-the-beaten-path electronica. Their moniker is no misnomer: their job is to blur the line between machine and human. In other words, they want to turn you into a dancing robot.