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For the last six years, North Coast Music Festival (NCMF) has been our favorite way to celebrate the end of summer. 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 headliners include Widespread Panic, The Chemical Brothers and D’Angelo and The Vanguard backed by the likes of The Disco Biscuits, The Glitch Mob, Porter Robinson (Live), The Roots, Green Velvet, Future Rock and more. From funk and electronic, to R&B and jam, North Coast Music Festival continues to impress as this is a an event perfectly curated for it’s dedicated fans. 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. Three day general admission passes are sold out, but you can still grab VIP and single day tickets below!



The Chemical Brothers

Sunday, September 6, 2015
312 Stage
8:45pm – 10:00pm

The Chemical Brothers will be returning to Chicago for the first time since their performance at the inaugural North Coast in 2010. Originally called the “Dust Brothers” in the 1980’s and early 1990’s, the duo consisting of Tom Rowlands and Ed Simons are pioneers in the live dance music world. Known for their big beat style of dance music along side artists like Fatboy Slim and The Prodigy, the group’s live show consists of multiple keyboards, midi controllers, mixers, laptops and more accompanied by a visual show of psychedelic images, lights and lasers. An incredible live show is not the only thing they are good at as the pair has won four Grammy Awards and six number one albums in the United Kingdom. On July 17th, they released Born in the Echos, their first album in five years reaching number 73 on the US Billboard 200. With over twenty years of dance music experience under their belt, The Chemical Brothers are our number one pick for this year’s festival. Be sure to head on over to the 312 stage on Sunday night for a live experience you will not want to miss.  


Booka Shade

Saturday, September 5, 2015
312 Stage
5:00pm – 6:00pm
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The German duo, Booka Shade, is another act that is known for performing live dance music. From tech house to minimal, house music is the group’s forte. In 2006, Resident Advisor awarded Booka Shade “Best Live Act” and “Best Album” for their second studio album, Movements. Having co-founded the label Get Physical Records alongside house group M.A.N.D.Y (Patrick Bodmer & Philipp Jung) and DJ T (Thomas Koch), Booka Shade released five studio albums of their own material under the label that in 2005 Mixmag awarded “Label of the Year.” Their live show is one not to be missed as every synthesizer, vocal, drop and cymbal crash is controlled manually. The 312 stage is the place to be at five o’clock on Saturday to catch one of the best live house acts to grace North Coast Music Festival.


Saturday, September 5, 2015
630 Stage
3:30pm – 4:30pm

Sam Vogul who goes under the moniker, Jauz, has quickly escalated his career in only a year in the electronic scene. At the age of 21 (22 on September 2nd), Jauz is presumably one of the youngest DJs playing North Coast Music Festival this year. Refusing to put a label on his music, his sound encompasses any genre he pleases from house to trap, dubstep, grime and more. His heavy beats and future bass sound combined with his high energy stage presence is sure to make Saturday afternoon a rowdy time. He recently collaborated with Skrillex on a track called “Squad Out!” featuring Fatman Scoop released on the Adult Swim Single series as well as with Pegboard Nerds on “Get On Up” released on Monster Cat. On September 18th, keep an eye out for his newest single “Deeper Love” on Spinnin’ Records. I’m sure throughout this year’s festival season we have all heard several DJs drop his hard hitting track, “Feel The Volume,” but Jauz is also known for playing a ton of unreleased music in all of his live sets so make sure you’re ready to rock the party on Saturday afternoon.


Sunday, September 6, 2015
630 Stage
7:00pm – 8:00pm


Photo credit: Justin Yee

One of the most beautiful live performances you will hear at this year’s festival is by an act called Tycho. Scott Hansen, the brain behind the band, hails from San Francisco where the ambient, chill wave project began. Originally a solo project, Scott Hansen released three albums using the program, Cakewalk Sonar, which allowed him to use many different types of hardware, synthesizers and samples from his live instrumentation to create a full sound. It wasn’t until after the third album that Tycho turned into the group they are today. Once Scott was joined by Zac Brown on bass guitar/guitar, Rory O’Connor on drums and Joe Davancens on bass guitar/keyboards/synthesizers, the complete dynamic of the original idea could now be done live as a full band. Their fourth album, Awake, reached number two on the US Dance Electronic Albums chart and number 23 on the Billboard 200 showing the validity in the decision to add the other members. If you want to hear feel good music on Sunday night of North Coast Music Festival, Tycho is the perfect Sunday act to warm you up for The Chemical Brothers.

Wave Racer

Saturday, September 5, 2015
847 Stage
9:00pm – 10:00pm
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The music scene in Australia has some of the most talented act currently in the electronic world. With acts like Flume, Chet Faker and Anna Lunoe all having a signature sound, Wave Racer does an amazing job of creating his unique style on the Future Classic label. His use of funky bass lines in combination with dreamy synths and female vocal lines, make for some catchy, 8 bit tracks. His latest song “Flash Drive,” sounds like a mix of bubbly melodies laced with a jazzy, Seinfeld-esque bass line. If you want to finish your Saturday night with some feel good future classics, head over to the 847 stage at 9pm.

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