1. Get the App!
Download the official NCMF app for up-to-date news and announcements! Create your custom schedule, view the map, use the flashlight at more! Download the app HERE!
2. Stay Hydrated!
Bring your empty plastic container or camelback and visit our TWO FREE WATER STATIONS! One is located behind the baseball diamond closest to Ashland and the second is located on the side of the 847 Stage. COASTIE PRO TIP: the water station next to the 847 Stage always has a much smaller line! Try that one first!
3. Gear Up and Rep North Coast All Year Round!
Last year we sold out of official NCMF merchandise, so don’t wait if you see something you like! Is Grandma a Snoop Dogg fan? Does Dad love Dada Life? Is Mom into STS9? We have something for everyone! Exclusive 2014 5-Year Anniversary, merch including two screen print posters by Jim Pollack and Fugscreens, will be available only on fest grounds.
4. Will Call Hours
Avoid lines and arrive early on Friday to grab your tickets or credentials! Will call will be open starting at 12 PM Friday, Saturday and Sunday, located on Ashland Ave.
5. VIP Upgrades for 21+ Only
VIP Upgrades will be available at the entrance from GA to VIP area between the two main stages. Elevated viewing platforms, lounge seating, air conditioned bathrooms and premium bar selections are calling YOU (if you’re over 21 years of age)!
6. Afterparty Tickets Sold On-Site
Visit the VIP upgrade tent to purchase some last minute tickets to the afterparty of your choice. There will be NO ONLINE SERVICE FEES so save a few bucks for an extra night-cap. Don’t risk it and get stuck outside at the door! Check out the full list of afterparties HERE.
7. Plan for the Weather
Chicago weather can be wacky and tough. But our Coasties are wackier and tougher! The forecast is calling for possible rain and lots of heat this weekend. So bring rain resistant clothes, sunscreen, and as always and check the forecast! NCMF goes on as planned in the rain.
8. Get to the Fest with Ease!
Take advantage of our free bike racks and convenient location. Avoid having to find parking and ride your bike, take the CTA Green Line to the Ashland and Lake St. stop, or hop on the bus and get dropped off steps away from the fest grounds!
9. NCMF is More Than a Music Fest!
Take time this weekend to explore the expanded NCMF grounds and take in some sights and experiences. Watch street art come to life before your eyes at our popular Living Arts Gallery. Stop by the X-Box station to get your game on. Check out Nissan’s newest Electric Car. Or get a prime view from the elevated viewing platforms at the Heineken House. Venture through the Projection Mapping Portal on your way to 847 Stage and catch some shade under the Funktion Form Fabric! We have the finest food vendors for eats and so much more!
10. Take Care of One Another
We’re all in this together Coasties. This weekend is not a marathon or a sprint…it’s not even a race, but a journey. It’s been 5 Years since we started this crazy ride and we’re looking forward to the next five. But to do this we all have to act responsibly, which means taking care of yourself and those around you. If you see someone in need, find a medic, security, or staff member. No one will get in trouble for being cautious. Let’s all stay safe and have the time of our lives!