New music fest alert: Spring Awakening at Soldier Field

February 23, 2012|Jessica Galliart | RedEye's Soundboard

Skrillex, Afrojack and Moby are among the headliners for the Spring Awakening Festival, a new electronic dance music fest at Soldier Field to kick off the summer, June 16-17, as announced today via a Groupon deal.

The @SpringAwakeFest official Twitter account tweeted a link to the deal just before midnight for $74 for a $114 (includes fees) two-day festival pass. By mid-day Thursday, the deal was sold out with more than 240 tickets bought.

Sound familiar? It's not deja vu--the second annual North Coast Music Festival in September also used a limited Groupon deal in summer 2011 to sell early bird passes and release bits of its anticipated electronic music lineup. Looks like the summer will now be bookended by EDM fests--good or bad thing? We need to let it marinate a bit, first.

Live Music Blog stumbled across a half-finished website for the rumored festival earlier this month, as well as a Twitter account and Facebook page, before any announcements had been made about the possible new fest. Though the ticket prices listed on the mysterious page were a bit off ($90 instead of $114), pretty much everything else was spot-on with today's announcement.

Tickets are $99 for a two-day pass, $199 for VIP access, and on sale now. Here's the full lineup:

Skrillex, Afrojack, Moby, Flux Pavilion, Laidback Luke, Wolfgang Gartner, Diplo, A-Track, Ferry Corsten, Markus Schulz, Arty, Claude VonStroke, Derrick Carter, Dillon Francis, Destructo, Downlink, Felix Cartal, Gabriel & Dresden, Green Velvet, Hardwell, Joachim Garraud, Kill The Noise, Lance Herbstrong, Midnight Conspiracy, Morgan Page, Nathan Scott, NERVO, Nobody Beats The Drum

Truth? This is heaven for EDM nerds. Ticket prices are decent, the lineup is enticing and Skrillex--probably who most will be traveling to see--loves him some Chicago (he's sold out at The Mid and was a favorite at the Perry's Stage at Lollapalooza). But Soldier Field? Football bros who love EDM are going to lose their damn minds.

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