By: Aaron Giles & Bob Casey Jones
North Coast is back for its fourth year and with a lineup making waves across the festival shoreline and a reputation as “summer’s last stand” it appears this year is going to be one for the books. With Union Park playing host to this steadily growing event, stages are packed and production pushes its limits. A fifth stage (Last Stand) was added to the venue to compensate the heavy lineup and diverse range of music that will be gracing the festival grounds. In addition to the new stage North Coast expanded the VIP area and added an art gallery. New improvements have been added each time, and with a lineup that seems to outdo itself year after year we are continuously reminded why this festival will always hold a strong place in our hearts.
Silver Wrapper and React respectively have made their names on the scene through putting on the best shows and biggest events all year. NCMF is the culmination of all the hard work put in by these promoters and a testament of the leaps and bounds the music scene has made over the past four years.
Known for bringing a diverse lineup, NCMF consistently brings in huge names from the Jam, EDM, Hip-Hop, and Indy scenes respectively. This year is no different, with a lineup jam packed with style, steez, taste, and of course variety. It makes for a festival atmosphere like none other, an eclectic gathering of music lovers from every scene. This lineup has a gem for everyone, here’s our list of must see acts for NCMF 2013!
Wu-Tang Clan – ENTER THE 36 CHAMBERS!!! The album is as legendary as the group and on Sunday night the Wu-Tang Clan will “Bring Da Ruckus” to Union Park. The entire album will be performed in full with the entire group on hand minus the late, great ODB of course. If you’re a fan of history or like to think of yourself as true hip-hop head then there’s no excuse for missing what’s sure to be a legendary performance. It might get a little rowdy so “you best protect ya neck”.
Afrojack – World famous DJ and Producer Nick Van de Wall has become one of the most notorious names in the EDM world today. Known as one of the top DJ’s on earth, this Dutch mix master will keep you raving hard. His heavy electro beats will have the crowd going wild; and with Chicago being the birth place of House Music this is sure to be one of the most packed sets all weekend.
Big Gigantic – Slowly becoming a staple on the festival circuit, this duo from Boulder, Colorado has created a reputation for rowdiness. Dominic Lalli’s expertise on the saxophone coupled with his electronic production skills and Jeremy Salken’s flawless drumming makes for a showcase of Saxtronica that has made waves over the past few years.
Disco Biscuits – This Philadelphia jam band has grown to epic proportions as one of the largest followed groups around today. The Biscuits integrate a multitude of sounds ranging from trancey trippy psychedelia to some classic rock jams, to sheer chaos onstage. The Biscuits only come around Chicago every once in while so make sure you catch em’ this weekend!
Lotus – This group of guys out of Goshen College (Indiana) have risen to become one of the top names in Jamtronica today. Expect a funky dance party; Lotus plays their way into your hearts with their groovy riffs and dancey synths. Make it out to this set and expect to get “Spiritualized”.
Gramatik – Just over the past year Gramatik has set the example in electronic music production. After recently leaving Pretty Lights Music to create his own label. “Low Temp”; Denis Jasarevic has been creating a new style and sound. His funky blues style productions combined with a live Guitar (played by Eric Mendleson of ExMag) make for a genre of its own. Make it out to this set and catch one of the most innovative electronic producers around right now.
Purity Ring – Canadian electronic duo Purity Ring formed in 2010 and have been crafting their own dark take on electronic music. They burst onto the scene with their 2011 single “Lofticries” and have been gaining fans ever since. We look forward to seeing their unique performance as Megan James haunts us on vocals and Corin Roddick plays what appears to be a tree.
Emacipator – Anyone that can play Burning Man and then travel across the country to make a Sunday festival slot earns some rager respect in our books. Catch Emancipator’s captivating beats and skillful live violin Sunday afternoon and you won’t be disappointed. His music evokes emotion in every track and you’ll likely leave this set with tears in your eyes and chills down your spine.
Conspirator – This super group comprised of Marc Brownstein, Aron Magner, Chris Michetti, and KJ Sawka is a force to be reckoned with. Bringing elements from hard electro, drum n bass, jam, metal, and rock this band is all over the place. Conspirator could be described as composed chaos. Sawka’s immaculate drumming and production skills, joined with the organic backgrounds of Brownstein and Magner (of the Disco Biscuits), add virtuoso guitarist Michetti and you get a recipe for crunchy jams, heavy drops, and bumpin bass.
Cherub – With a sound vibing on the cusp of funk and pop, these gents are sure to put a smile on your face while you dance. The group’s 80’s-esque sound is in a league of its own, and since Cherub embarked on a huge summer festy tour, the sky is the limit for these guys. Its captivating lyricisim and unique onstage performance makes this group very hard to categorize but so easy to love. Make it out to the set and let Cherub play out of their minds and into your heart.