There’s Spring Awakening for EDM, Pitchfork for indie rock, and We Are a Hip Hop Festival for, well, hip-hop.
But what about an event that combines all three?
Welcome to North Coast Music Festival, a trifecta of sound touching down on Union Park this Labor Day. Here’s how to make the most of it, one day at a time.
FRIDAY: Passion Pit (Indie Rock)
The little indie band that could has come a long way since lead singer Michael Angelakos wrote the band’s first EP as a Valentine’s Day gift to his girlfriend. Now the Boston band is headlining festivals on the strength of their densely layered, earworm-laden electro-pop symphonies that promise an undeniably consistent and infectiously listenable experience.
Sound check: "Take a Walk"
SATURDAY: Afrojack (EDM)
If there’s one thing Afrojack is known for, it’s his ability to throw a party. The progressive house Dutch superstar makes his intentions known with song titles such as “Rock the House” and “Party Ain’t Over.” Hell, this guy’s not afraid to remix Lady Gaga or even “Gangnam Style” because — you guessed it — it’s all part of the party. Grab a Red Bull and get ready to rave like it’s the ‘90s.
Sound check: "Rock the House"
SUNDAY: Wu-Tang Clan (Hip-Hop)
Yes, you are reading this correctly. Staten Island’s original hip-hop ninjas have reunited in honor of their 20th anniversary. Sure, these living legends have a new album out, but that’s not why they’re here. They’re here to unfurl the loud, in-your-face rap of 1993 opus 36 Chambers — from start to finish. Hide the kids and lock up your daughters, it’s about to get real.
Sound check: "Family Reunion"