The festival’s move to the suburbs followed a failed attempt to relocate from Addams/Medill Park to Douglas Park in Chicago. Putting a positive spin on the move, organizers said the new space for the three-day event is nearly triple the size of last year’s event and combines a major plot of grassland designed for outdoor music events as well as a sizable part of neighboring Sears Center Arena.
According to Hoffman Estates officials, Poplar Creek has a considerable history when it comes to music. Not only is it the home of a massive arena but it’s also home to a beer garden and outdoor weekly concerts during the summer. “It’s really a hidden gem in our town,” said Dan O’Malley, Hoffman Estates Deputy Village Manager.
Chicago-based React Presents seems right at home in the suburbs, announcing a lineup in March of over 60 artists as the festival returns for its eighth year on June 7 through 9.
Spring Awakening will be the largest festival Hoffman Estates has hosted, besting its famous annual 4th of July fireworks celebration, which draws upwards of 30,000 people to the free event.
Some notable acts for Spring Awakening include Galantis, Zomboy, Yellow Claw, Malaa, Dillon Francis, Flosstradamus B2B 4B, Benny Benassi, Space Jesus, Chris Lake, Shiba San, Liquid Stranger, Claptone, Nora En Pure and many more. This year’s Branded Stage showcases will be hosted by Destructo’s AMFAMFAMF (All My Friends), Above & Beyond’s Anjunabeats, and React’s very own Bass Kitchen.
More at springawakeningfestival.com.
Here’s the lineup for the 2019 Spring Awakening Festival:
BLUNTS & BLONDES
FLOSSTRADAMUS B2B 4B
GABRIEL & DRESDEN
HESH B2B BOMMER
MARTIN GARRIX (cancelled due to an injury)
NORA EN PURE
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