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Chicago’s premier electronic music festival, Spring Awakening, will return to celebrate its 5th year anniversary in a new location, Addams/Medill park located in University Village. This weekend, React Presents will be hosting some of the top artists in the dance music scene including Kaskade, Deadmau5, Above & Beyond, Dillon Francis, Zeds Dead, Gramatik and more. The 2016 curated stages include “Body Language” headlined by Klingande, “Bass Kitchen” headlined by Datsik, “The Birdhouse” headlined by Claude VonStroke, “Trance Arena” headlined by ATB, “DJ Mag” headlined by Borgeous and “All Gone Pete Tong” headlined by Maya Jane Coles. With a brand new location, Ferris wheel, three story tall Vita Coco Coconut Water Beachside Slide and over 100 artists covering all genres of electronic music, Spring Awakening’s five year anniversary celebration is sure to be a fresh take on a festival that’s already known and loved by fans nationwide.


RL Grime

Sunday, June 12, 2016
8:15pm – 9:30pm
Electronic Stage
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Henry Steinway a.k.a RL Grime will be bringing some serious heat Sunday night of the festival. Known for bridging the gap between the hip hop and electronic worlds, RL Grime’s top notch production and knack for creating massive tracks has kept him in the spotlight even after the trap scene has some what died down. In April, Grime released his track “Aurora” where he beautifully mixed distorted vocals with building melodies, rolling snares and plenty of bass, showing the world just how far he’s grown musically. His track “Core” can be heard on almost any given night in cities across the world. The intense build up is only matched by one of the most devastating drops ever created. RL continues to be one of the most consistently eye popping producers in the scene and it comes as no surprise that he will be closing out the Electronic Stage of the festival.


Friday, June 10, 2016
6:45pm – 7:45pm
Body Language Curated Stage

The mysterious, Claptone, adorned in a gold bird-like mask and white gloves has been an artist in the house scene since 2011, but recently his fan base seems to be growing rapidly. Thanks to the catchy drum hooks and uplifting baselines, Claptone knows how to make a crowd move. It’s not very well known that Claptone as a whole is two people who play individually unless it’s a special “Immortal” set where they perform together like they did at Coachella this past Spring. If you were lucky enough to catch Claptone’s set at Mamby On The Beach last year, you know this is going to be a feel-good experience anyone can enjoy. With tracks like “Another Night” and “The Music Got Me” in the repertoire, Claptone should come with a warning label saying “happiness overload may occur” as you are bound to have a smile from ear to ear.

Catz ‘N Dogz

Saturday, June 11, 2016
4:45pm – 5:45pm
Bird House Curated Stage
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Polish house and techno duo, Grzegorz Demianczuk and Wojciech Taranczuk, better known under the moniker, Catz ‘N Dogz, will be making their Spring Awakening debut on Saturday of the festival. Their latest album, Basic Colour Theory, released on their very own Pets Recordings label was nominated for DJ Mag’s “Top Ten Albums of 2015” featuring Green Velvet and Peter, Bjorn & John on vocals. The pair have released several tracks on Dirtybird Records including “Who Said It’s Time,” “Drop It” and “Bones Shakein'” which I’m betting a few will be played during their set at “The Birdhouse” Dirtybird curated stage. Two months ago, they released a remix album of Basic Colour Theory with remixes from the likes of Claude VonStroke, Eats Everything, Jamie Jones, Anja Schneider and more. Their latest tracks “Upsi Bubsi” and “Elixir” show their diversity in production styles with a bouncy bassline in one and more melodic groove in the other. This is a set you won’t want to miss as Catz ‘N Dogz will be leaving their paws on the Spring Awakening Festival Grounds.

Golf Clap

Sunday, June 12, 2016
4:45pm – 5:45pm
All Gone Pete Tong Curated Stage
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We all know Detroit for its legendary underground parties in the 90’s and the rise of Techno, but what if I told you their was a very talented duo making some big moves in the tech-house scene? Country Club Disco’s very own Golf Clap, will grace the All Gone Pete Tong stage on Sunday at 4:45. You may have heard of the wild and sold out parties they have played and hosted at Primary nightclub, but now they bring their fresh tech-house/disco sound to the festival grounds of Spring Awakening. Golf Clap recently hooked up with one of our favorite labels, This Ain’t Bristol for their first European tour including a headlining slot for their monthly This Ain’t Bristol showcase. Be on the look out for our post festival coverage for a closer look into the minds of Golf Clap since they will be our next featured interview here at The Dankles.

Light Em Up

Sunday, June 12, 2016
2:30pm – 3:30pm
Electronic Stage
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Every year, we like to feature a local act playing Spring Awakening Music Festival and this year’s pick is a duo who are the epitome of what Chicago represents. Hometown heroes, Zebo and PHMN joined forces as the DJ team, Light Em Up, who have both made their names very well known in the Chicago scene. You can catch either DJ playing a set at a local club or bar almost every night of the week in the downtown area. When they come together as Light Em Up, they offer something no other DJ duo can, a direct and live connection to their fans during their shows, let me explain. Light Em Up has an app available for free download that enables the fans to pick what kind of music the duo should play. It is a true live action interactive way to play to the crowd, its unlike anything we’ve ever seen. The fans use the app, select a genre, point the screen at Light Em Up and they mix in their favorite tracks of that genre for a truly unique experience. Head to the Electronic Stage at 2:30 on Sunday and make sure to “light em up!” The app is available for download via the play store for Android and iTunes for Apple users.




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