Five Acts with Chicago Roots We're Fired Up for at Spring Awakening and Five Festival Hacks for Fans

Photo Courtesy Spring Awakening

Photo Courtesy Spring Awakening

With over 90 artists featured throughout the Spring Awakening lineup, we took a deep dive to highlight a few worth checking out at the Midwest’s largest dance music festival. held June 7-9th at Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates, IL. We also put together a list of nifty festival hacks and tips you should know to maximize your SAMF experience. More information and tickets for SAMF can be found at

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J. Worra

Born in small-town Illinois and raised on Chicago’s house music scene, J . Worra (LA-based) is one of the most exciting techno house producers in the game. Her new single, “On The Run” featuring Kaleena Zanders is out now via Thrive Music. Check out the new video too! She’ll also be playing a “Road to Spring Awakening” show for React’s new party Late Check Out at Electric Hotel Nightclub alongside Codes and Dances with White Girls on June 1st, 2019.


Birthdayy Partty

Twin brothers Bryan and Jon Gorecki are a Chicago-based duo with no signs of slowing their momentum. The two are good for remixes of your favorite pop tracks, but have some of their own material as well. Check out our favorite offering from the brothers, “Cake” featuring Born I. Catch Birthdayy Partty’s set at SAMF Saturday, June 8th!

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Running between Chicago and Los Angles while originally hailing from Milwaukee, bass duo Tombz are already off to an incredible 2019, including a new release on esteemed label Night Bass Records (stream below). Clear fans of house music, Tombz have mastered bringing in the right amount of bass. Are you ready to be a part of the Coffin Collective?


Mike Gasperec (Shmoo)

Shmoo is well known around Chicago and is simply, a DJ you can trust. One listen to Shmoo’s first solo release ever ‘Free Shmoo!” is all you need to hear. Catch Shmoo on The Bus Stop stage on Sunday, June 9th. Like what you hear? Post-SAMF, you can catch Shmoo at Spybar with Derrick Carter on Wedneday, July 24th.

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Porn and Chicken

Easily one of Chicago’s most explosive DJ crews, PNC are known for their weekly parties in the Windy City, crushing Mondays for nearly a decade. Dom Brown, Orville Kline and Phives always bring the party and roll deep with fire breathers and flag wielding chickens. They’re the definition of a must see set at SAMF 2019. Check out the group’s latest single “Teflon” below.


Five Festival Hacks & Tips

A new location? Multiple stages? Hot air balloons? Silent Disco? We’ve got five festival hacks and other helpful information below to ensure you have the best SAMF 2019 possible!

Spring Awakening Music Festival 3D Video Flyover


Spring Awakening has released a brand new 3D video flyover giving a glimpse of what the new festival grounds will feature throughout the 3-day fest. Notables we spotted include a hot air balloon, the Monaco STFU! Silent Disco, two ferris wheels, multiple massive stages and the return of the Corona Electric Beach dome that for the past two years has featured surprise pop-up sets from main stage acts. The massive new site is 27 acres of music and more. There’s plenty you can check out in this 3D video.



With SAMF’s new location at Poplar Creek in Hoffman Estates, surely you’ll want know the best ways to get out there. Fortunately, the festival has a wide variety of options and offerings on how to make your trip to SAMF as easy as possible. SAMF includes daily and weekend parking, free bike parking, complimentary shuttles (from CTA, Metra, etc.) and ride share details. Check out the full download on the festival’s location info page.



The STFU! Silent Disco, presented by Monaco is a packed lineup. One of the most popular elements of the festival, the silent disco allows you an invite experience to groove out to the tunes of over 20+ of the festival’s favorite local and regional talent. These DJs could be future stars. Check out the full lineup here! Acts include Adapting, Azgard, BLVD, Cinna, Coexist, Daddy Royal, Dead On Arrival B2B MCCARTYPARTY, Goonba, Haunted, Kar Pow, Label, Lazacaux, Meela, No:Sl33p, Saladin, Sami Suboh, Smokahauntas, SOURPVTCHKID, Steve Noash, Twitchin Skratch, Vice Versa and Wolfbiter.



Consider going VIP! This year, amenities include elevated viewing decks of main stages, complimentary cell phone charging stations, air-conditioned restrooms, exclusive VIP Premium Bars and express entry through festival gates with dedicated VIP lanes. VIP is limited to those festival attendees that are 21+. Be sure to watch headlining acts like DJ Snake, GRiZ, Illenium, Martin Garrix, Rezz and ZEDD comfortably and in style! VIP single day tickets and 3-day passes are on sale now.



SAMF has announced a 6th stage! The smallest but surely to be one of the most spirited, The Bus Stop is a party bus loaded with a DJ rig and speaker rack strapped to the top of the bus featuring additional local acts who are worth checking out. The Bus Stop will be rockin’ all three days of SAMF and will include performances from Kayvian, Brvthers Keeper, Oservera B2B Henno, Dwight Noise, Goodsex, Arvii Mala B2B Alex Kislov, Bucky Fargo, Lizzy Jane, Be Nice Collective, Mr. Bobby, Hollywood, Zenus, Soul Tech, Karsten Sollors, Inphinitiy, Shmoo, Duke Shin, Tsunami B2B Bobby DeMaria, Blu 9, Andy Gresh and Special Guests TBA.