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Spring Awakening Musical Festival launches DJ competition

Winner will spin on a main stage during June festival

February 19, 2013|By Kate Bernot, @redeyeeatdrink | RedEye

Most aspiring DJs with a few turntables and some editing software fantastize about broadcasting their creations to the kind of crowds that Bassnectar and Flosstradamus draw. For a second year, Chicago's Spring Awakening Music Festival will give one amateur the chance to climb on stage and do it by competing in the festival's DJ competition.

This June's Spring Awakening is the second year for the electronic festival at Soldier Field, which has expanded to three days to accomodate 75,000 attendees.

Alongside headliners Bassnectar and Calvin Harris, the winner of the 2013 DJ competition will have a chance to perform on a main stage at the festival, which runs June 14-16.

To enter, DJs must register on Spring Awakening's site and include a link to a Soundcloud file so that others can listen to their tracks. The public can then vote for a winner (one vote per day) through May 13.

Even the consolation prizes are enticing; the four runners-up will have a chance to spin at official Spring Awakening pre- and post-parties.

If you're interested in entering the competition, turn up the bass on your speakers, apologize to your downstairs neighbors in advance and read all the official rules here.

kbernot@tribune.com  @redeyeeatdrink

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