ncmf2React Present’s and Silver Wrapper’s lovechild, North Coast Music Festival (NCMF), will be celebrating it’s fifth year anniversary with some of the best musical acts in the industry.  Located in Union Park in the near west community area of Chicago over labor day weekend, “Summer’s Last Stand” is a festival true to the diversity in the Chicago music scene.  This year’s festival has over 60 artists from the electronic, indie, jam band and hip hop genres making for an event that will appeal to all audiences.  For the festival’s fifth year anniversary,  React Presents and Silver Wrapper changed the stage names to the five main area codes of Chicago making the event truly a staple of our beautiful city.  With so many artists to choose from over the three days, we at The Dankles want to give you our list of must see artists at the festival.  Let us guide you on your journey to Summer’s Last Stand as we continue to count down the days to our favorite weekend of the year.  Unfortunately,  three day general admission passes are all sold out, but you can still snag three day VIP passes, single day passes and after party tickets below!


ncmf schedule




Friday, August 29, 2014
312 Stage
8:30pm – 10:00pm

North Coast Music Festival veteran, Bassnectar, will be returning to Union Park on Friday, August 29th to close out day one of the festival.  With the recent release of his tenth studio album, Noise vs. Beauty (NVSB), Lorin Ashton continues to evolve musically while staying true to his roots and his fans.  After taking six months off to create an album that he describes as a “…Spectrum of music from hardcore noise hysteria to lush, ethereal beauty – and many points in between ” and “more vast than anything I’ve ever done,” Bassnectar’s fifteen track work of art could be considered the greatest representation of him as a musician.  NVSB reached number one on Billboard’s Dance/Electronic Albums chart,  number five on Billboard’s Independent Albums chart and number twenty one on the Billboard 200.  Attending his live show is an experience that is hard to put into words as Lorin is known for pushing himself out of his comfort zone in efforts to steer people on a powerful journey.  With that being said, Bassnectar is our number one must see artist at this year’s festival.

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Chet Faker

Friday, August 29, 2014
312 Stage
4:30pm – 5:30pm

Chet Faker born Nicholas James Murphy in Melbourne Australia will be joining North Coast Music Festival for his second performance ever in Chicago.  Chet Faker’s musical style is one to be celebrated for individuality as he stepped out of the deep disco scene that is predominate in Australia to create a fusion of electronic, soul, indie and R&B that is unlike any other artist on the NCMF lineup.  Chet quickly gained popularity with the release of his first EP, Thinking In Textures, which led him to win Breakthrough Artist of the Year and Best Independent Single/EP at the Australian Independent Record Awards and Best Independent Release at Rolling Stone Australia Awards.  His most recent and debut album, Built on Glass, premiered at number one on the Australian ARIA chart and number six on Billboard’s Electronic/Dance music chart under the independent record label, Future Classic.  Chet will be the first act of the festival to play the main stage and I’m sure it will be a performance you will not forget.    


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Sunday, August 31, 2014
630 Stage
6:45pm – 7:45pm

Grant Kwiecinski a.k.a GRiZ emerged from the Detroit music scene to create a sound that pays homage to the jazz, funk and soul legends while immersed in the electronic scene.  This electro soul pioneer has taken the last year to expand his label, Liberated Music, by bringing on board The Floozies and Manic Focus.  His last album, Rebel Era, showcased a beautiful blend of saxophone melodies and old school funk riffs with heavy hitting bass lines and catchy synthesizers.  For Grant’s forthcoming release, he has been working with studio session musicians for the production of his album as opposed to his freshman and sophomore albums where he would take bits and pieces of old funk, jazz and soul tracks to create his signature sound.  I would bet that when GRiZ takes over the the 630 stage on Sunday night, we will hear some of these new songs he has in the works.  Don’t miss this set if your are looking to get the funk down.

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What So Not

Friday, August 30, 2014
630 Stage
5:30pm – 6:30pm

What So Not is the brain child of Australian producers Flume and Emoh Instead.  These two are known for creating bass infused house tracks that have instant success and recognition with electronic producers and fans alike.   Their most recent collaboration entitled “Tell Me”  in which they wrote with trap god, RL Grime, combined a horn driven trap style with melodic breakdowns creating a sound that breaks free of the saturated trap market.  What So Not’s most talked about track “High You Are” could be considered song of the year in the electronic world as artists such as SCNTST, Motez, The Only, Astronomar and Branchez all jumped on board to create their own versions.  Recently, Emoh has been touring alone as What So Not opening up for Skrillex on his Mothership Tour and at festivals around the country and world.  We can only hope that the duo will be back together for a special NCMF performance.

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J. Phlip

Saturday, August 30, 2014
847 Stage
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Jessica Phillippe who goes under the moniker J. Phlip (pronounced J-Flip) will be bringing the DirtyBird records flavor to this year’s festival.  Born in Champaign just two hours South of Chicago,  Jessica’s music took inspiration from the Chicago house scene and Detroit techno scene not to mention every genre in between.  This past Movement Festival 2014, J. Phlip had the honor of having the headlining spot on the Beatport stage when Boyz Noise had to back out.  As her success grows as an exclusive DirtyBird Artist, she continues to produce music and live sets that will have the dance floor rockin’ through the use of bouncy underground tracks. If you can’t make her set at the 847 stage on Saturday,  she will be joining MK, Kevin Saunderson, Autograph and other local talent at Transit Nightclub on Sunday night for an after party that is bound to take the NCMF celebration into the early hours of the morning.   Tickets are still available here!

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