Billed as “Summer’s Last Stand”, Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival has been going strong for 6 years every Labor Day weekend. Known for its focus on jam bands, hip-hop and some EDM, the organizers outdid themselves this year with an homage to its home city that founded an integral part of electronica’s roots: House Music.

Heather NCDJ Heather at North Coast Music Festival

The Heineken House music stage was a huge, air-conditioned dome placed smack dab in the middle of all the other outdoor stages. With its 21+ policy, it provided an oasis away from the younger attendees and allowed people to cool off amidst a nightclub atmosphere with beautiful ceiling visuals to boot. With the exception of a few out of towners (Moon Boots, Waze & Odyssey and Monty Luke), the stage allowed Chicago’s local talent to shine: Terry Hunter, Roy Davis Jr., Ron Carroll, DJ Heather and Lady D to name a few.

Ron Carroll NCTerry Hunter at North Coast Music Festival

CZR NCCZR at North Coast Music Festival

With an audience that was open to all kinds of sounds, it was heart warming to see them experience DJs that they normally wouldn’t see, despite the fact that they were all living in the same city. And based on the crowd’s reactions, it looked like they were loving it. Hats off to North Coast and Heineken for a well executed idea!

Moon Boots NCMoon Boots at North Coast Music Festival


(Damn good) photos here by Nikhil K. Gidwani.


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