North Coast Music Festival has unveiled experimental programming, a brand new stage design, and daily schedules for its upcoming 2023 edition, taking place Friday, September 1 – Sunday, September 3, 2023 at Chicagoland’s SeatGeek Stadium Campus.
The festival will feature headliners such as Marshmello, Flume, DJ Snake, Alison Wonderland, Alesso, Lane 8 (This Never Happened Takeover), Big Gigantic and NGHTMRE’s collaborative GIGANTIC NGHTMRE, Zeds Dead, Duke Dumont, Chris Lake (Black Book Records Takeover), Black Tiger Sex Machine, Dabin, MK, Zomboy, Liquid Stranger (WAKAAN Takeover), and Ganja White Night.
North Coast listened to fan feedback following last year’s festival, and has proudly revealed a new-and-improved stage design for The Vega. This year, The Vega will be pointing away from The Shipyard (fka The Canopy) to avoid sound bleed and maximize the volume at both stages – now, the waves of beats and bass will stretch all the way to those in the back as well as to those riding the rail.
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North Coast has also unveiled its new stage, The Shipyard (formerly known as The Canopy) – a newly designed stage that bumps with 492,000 WATTS of sound from world-class house and techno DJs. Constructed with shipping containers and equipped with CO2 and an eye-popping amount of lasers and lights, The Shipyard brings a welcome new addition to the North Coast experience.
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In addition to North Coast’s stacked lineup and elevated stage designs, the festival will feature a bevy of interactive, experiential art installations.
Amongst the installations making a return from last year’s festival is the popular Chill Dome – a full field soccer dome with lasers, cushions, and air-conditioning complemented by DJs playing downtempo, lofi, and deep house In The Round. Designed as a place for attendees to cool down and take a break, The Chill Done has added new features this year, including headlining sets from INZO, Champagne Drip, and Surf Mesa; yoga sessions to start off each day; vocalist Evan Giia hosting a special GIIA MOVE session; a 360° stage; and double the lasers.
Also making its return is the Beatbox Yacht Club – a boat onsite with interior rooms that attendees can explore, a bar, and a deck at the top for a birds eye view above the crowd of The Shipyard stage.
Festival goers will be able to once again experience the Fire Pit Stage, a set of geometric domes that shoot fire from their tops and contain ceilings with fire crawling above the fans. There will also be a DJ booth playing heavy bass music, with headlining sets from Daily Bread, A Hundred Drums, and Masteria.
Other installations returning to North Coast this year are the Rainbow Lounge, a circle of hammocks fashioned around scaffolding that light up at night; The Giant, a large tree man sculpture by Paul Khan; and the kinetic Zephyrs backdrop.
North Coast Music Festival 2023 is also welcoming new additions to its experiential programming, including The Pixel Path, a set of large, glow-in-the-dark cubes that attendees can walk through along the main path.
Club Coast, a secret location speakeasy, will also be making its debut at North Coast this year. Festival goers will have to find Club Coast on their own, and enter using daily passwords given through the North Coast app.
Debut additions are rounded out by a new ferris wheel and BassBot a large moving robot sculpture by Paul Khan, situated in The Vega field, ready to headbang to the Vega’s bass heavy lineup.
North Coast Music Festival 2023 has unveiled its daily schedules and stage programming. On Friday, September 1, Marshmello will be closing out The Stadium stage, supported by other heavy-hitters such as Alesso, Jauz, Zomboy, and more. Over at The Shipyard, Duke Demont will be headlining with support from Gordo, BLOND:ISH, Yung Bae, and more. And the bass-infused The Vega stage will feature the WAKAAN label takeover with Liquid Stranger as the headliner following performances from Lab Group, Champagne Drip, Wrekcno, and more.
On Saturday, September 2, Zed’s Dead will be closing out The Stadium following performances from Ganja White Night, Black Tiger Sex Machine, Of The Trees, and more; Lane 8 will be headlining a This Never Happened label takeover at The Shipyard after a day of sets from artists such as Elderbrook and Sultan + Shepard; while DJ Snake will wrap up The Vega following acts such as MK and Chris Lorenzo.
Closing out the festival on Sunday, September 3 at The Stadium will be Flume, who follows Alison Wonderland, Dabin, and others. Over at The Shipyard, Chris Lake will headline a Black Book Records label takeover after slate of performances featuring Cloonee, Kyle Watson, and more; and at The Vega, the Gigantic NGHTMRE duo will also supply a festival-closing set after two individual sets from Big Gigantic and NGHTMRE, as well as performances from ATLiens, Wuki, and more.
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