Three years strong and Spring Awakening Music Festival (SAMF) in Chicago does it again with over 100,000 people in attendance over the course of three days. The Bud Light Platinum sponsored festival took place in the pulse of the city, Soldier Field during June 13-June 15, 2014. For one weekend the home of the Chicago Bears is renovated for one the biggest Midwest music festivals. The legends say that Chicago is the home of house music with many clubs, venues, and concert halls that have been in the scene for years. As the Midwest increases its tastes of the sub-genres in EDM, SAMF was place to be for a festival season kick off.
This was the first year that SAMF had sold out which was expected with the biggest names in the industry being on first lineup announcement, which was bigger than ever with Chicago's own Kaskade headlining, Colorado's Pretty Lights, and the legendary DJ and producer, Tiësto. Other headliners included Knife Party, Diplo, Big Gigantic, Benny Benassi, Bingo Players, Dillon Francis, Eric Prydz, and Flux Pavillion, across four stages, including two main stages. Almost every artist had co2 blowers, flame blasters, and confetti poppers during their set. The main stage was bigger and better that it has ever been and this year even included a side stage that shot fireworks every night during the finale performances.
Chicago hasn’t been known for setting the trends but rather for redefining them. The festival got started with Destroid, a three man electronic band consisting of Excision, Downlink and Kj Sawka. Formed from boredom of mixing, they dress up like “crazy alien war robot dudes” said one member and rock out with futuristic instruments specially designed for their performance. Everyone had their act to see throughout all hours and as usual the headlining stage was the most populated throughout the day. Still the capacity of Spring Awakening held solid numbers at all performance areas, including the Silent Disco, which at one point was raging without remorse. The anticipated names that were dropped spanned from a great spectrum of popularity. The inevitable headliners were mirrored with other genre artists such as Carnage and DJ Snake. Tchami, Caked Up, Ookay, DVBBS, and Tommy Trash also had unforgettable performances.
Chicago will always love certain DJs like Tiësto, A-trak, and Benny Benassi. Much preparation comes into play when these guys preform in Chicago as they’ve known Chicago for years. A-trak teased us with samples that transitioned from genre to genre while Benassi dove head first with a new song later followed by intense hard style. That being said, Carnage also jumped his set into three hard style songs in a row giving the crowd what they didn’t know they craved.
They came, they raged, and they called in to work. Kaskade was the final kiss goodbye from Spring Awakening. Many filled up Soldier Field levels high to enjoy the final views of the weekend.
UPDATE: Spring Awakening Music Festival 2014 Official Aftermovie Released.