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Ten “Toast of the Coast” Finalists to play it out Wednesday 7/20 at The Mid for a Three spots on the main stage!

Congratulations to the 10 Toast of the Coast finalists that have been chosen from the 100+ talented acts vying for a spot on the North Coast Music Festival main stage.  With over 100 entries, it wasn’t an easy decision, but festival organizers are excited to announce the 10 acts that will battle it out on Wednesday, 7/20 at a FREE 21+ show at The Mid. Come on by to watch them play it out for those last three spots.   The lucky artists are:

“Toast of the Coast” Final
Wednesday, July 20, 2011

The Mid
306 N Halsted St
Chicago, IL

Doors – 8pm
Show – 9pm
Ages – 21+
Tickets – FREE

Single Day Lineups and Tickets Released; Official Kickoff Party and More After Parties Added

The wait for clarity has ended. NCMF organizers have greeted fans this morning by announcing the lineup for each individual day of Summer’s Last Stand. A very limited amount of $40 tickets will immediately become available for each festival day, increasing to $45 once this allotment is snatched up by eager festivalgoers.

Friday, September 2, 2011

David Guetta * Wiz Khalifa * Lotus * Wolfgang Gartner * James Zabiela * SBTRKT * Auto Body * The Hood Internet * Orchard Lounge * Keys N Krates * Midnight Conspiracy * Perfect Kiss * Ghosthouse * Bandiit (Wolf Pack) * Fifth World

Saturday, September 3, 2011

STS9 * Fatboy Slim * Common * Rusko * Carl Cox * Major Lazer * Future Rock * Neon Indian * New Mastersounds * Zeds Dead * Big Gigantic * Lettuce * Felix Cartel * California Wives * Gemini Club * Great Divide * Team Bayside High * BBU * Wyllys * DJ Thibault * Nameloc * Pyro Fighter * The Werks * Digital Driver * Intonation Music Workshop

Sunday, September 4, 2011

Bassnectar * Thievery Corporation * Gogol Bordello * Benny Benassi * ATB * Of Montreal * Little Dragon * Latyrx * Van Ghost * The Budos Band * Soul Rebels Brass Brand * Paper Diamond * Rubblebucket * Lance Herbstrong * Loyal Divide * Zebo * The Coop * ProbCause * Mario Florek * The Ill & The Restless * Orville Kline * Midwest Hype * NORdjs * The Arts of Life Band

More NCMF “Afters” + Official Kickoff Party

In case you can’t wait until Friday, September 2nd to begin the debauchery, the team behind Chicago Hip Hop Connects will be hosting an Official Kickoff Party in the House of Blues Foundation Room on Thursday, September 1st. While this intimate kickoff gathering is open to everyone, the story with the Three Afters at Bottom Lounge announced today stays the same. To purchase tickets for these official North Coast Music Festival After Parties, fans must purchase an equal or greater number of tickets to the Festival itself.

  • Thursday 9/1/2011 – “Official Kickoff Party” presented by Chicago Hip Hop Connects – Khaled M, DJ Intel, Ill Legit feat. Loyal Divide (live), Subnoxious (Wolf Pack) – $10.00 – House of Blues Foundation RoomBUY TICKETS (Tickets Available Without Festival Ticket)
  • Friday 9/2/2011The Hood Internet w/ Midnight Conspiracy – $10.00 advance – Bottom LoungeBUY TICKETS
  • Saturday 9/3/2011The New Mastersounds w/ Van Ghost, Wyllys and New York Hustler Ensemble – $17.00 advance – Bottom LoungeBUY TICKETS
  • Sunday 9/4/2011Lettuce w/ Soul Rebels Brass Band – $20.00 advance – Bottom LoungeBUY TICKETS

Grab one of the remaining $110 discounted full-festival presale passes or limited $40 Single-Day passes at!

Second Round of North Coast After Parties and Hotel Partners Announced, “Toast of the Coast” still accepting submissions!

Looking for something to do after the festival grounds closes each night, and need a place to stay when it’s finally time to rest? Today’s announcements from North Coast Music Festival organizers are for you.

More NCMF “Afters” + Less Than 75 Discounted 3-Day Passes Left

Still procrastinating your ticket purchase? Today’s announcements may be the cure. With less than 75 discounted $95 3-Day Passes remaining, ticket prices are sure to increase in a matter of hours. And you’re going to need one of these 3-Day passes if you want first crack at tickets to any of the three NCMF After Parties at The Mid announced today. To purchase tickets for these Official North Coast Music Festival After Parties, fans must purchase an equal or greater number of tickets to the Festival itself.

  • Friday 9/2/2011Wolfgang Gartner w/ SBTRKT – $20.00 advance – The MidBUY TICKETS
  • Saturday 9/3/2011Carl Cox w/ Green Velvet – $30.00 advance – The Mid - BUY TICKETS
  • Sunday 9/4/2011ATB – $25.00 advance – The MidBUY TICKETS

Toast of the Coast – ONE MORE WEEK to SUBMIT!

Bands, DJs, MCs… don’t sleep.  You still have a shot to play a main stage at this year’s NCMF. Until July 1st, artists will be able to enter the competition through the festival website or Come Midnight on 7/1, voting begins.

Hotel Specials from Hospitality Partners – Hard Rock Hotel & The Inn @ Lincoln Park

No need to sleep on a park bench or your friend’s third-hand couch this year.  Our friends at Hard Rock Hotel and The Inn @ Lincoln Park are making it quite affordable for fans and their friends to lounge with class and comfort.  Take a look at Hard Rock and The Inn @ LP’s custom deals for North Coast guests at

Ticket Prices to Increase Soon

Our $95 allotment in nearly gone.  Grab one of the remaining $95 discounted full-festival presale passes at before the price increases!

A few more bands, epic late-nights, and a chance for the Midwest’s next big band, MC, and DJ to claim the last spots on one of North Coast’s Main Stages

Today, organizers have unveiled the last four at-large festival additions: Latyrx (a Reunion feat. Lyrics Born and Lateef the Truth Speaker), New Mastersounds, Lettuce and Lance Herbstrong.  After today, the only three remaining spots on the entire bill will be rewarded through the second incarnation of the wildly popular “Toast of the Coast” play-in contest.

NCMF After Parties & No-Service-Fee Tickets

If you haven’t grabbed your festival passes yet, now’s the time to do so!  Because if you don’t have tickets to the festival, you can’t buy tickets to the first round of NCMF After Parties, announced and on-sale today.   You can grab these tickets free of convenience charges all weekend at The Mid/React/NCMF Booth at the Taste of Randolph.  3-Day Pass prices are soon to increase and all the afterparties last year SOLD-OUT so now is the time to buy.

  • Friday 9/2/2011STS9 w/ Big Gigantic, Up Until Now (feat. Murphy of STS9) – $25.00 advance – Congress TheaterBUY TICKETS
  • Saturday 9/3/2011Diplo w/ Zeds Dead, Lance Herbstrong – $25.00 advance – Congress TheaterBUY TICKETS
  • Sunday 9/4/2011Thievery Corporation (Live) – $25.00 advance– Congress TheaterBUY TICKETS
  • Sunday 9/4/2011The New Deal (Final Chicago Performance!) w/ Future Rock – $23.00 advance – House of BluesBUY TICKETS

To purchase tickets for these Official North Coast Music Festival After Parties, fans must purchase an equal or greater number of tickets to the Festival itself. A 3-Day Pass or North Coast Festival Groupon allows for purchase of up to 3 late night events tied to the fest, with many more still to be announced.  This way, festival-goers won’t lose out on the limited space at these Official afterparties to those that skipped the main event.

Toast Of The Coast Contest

Until July 1st, Midwest artists will be able to enter the competition through the festival website, followed by a two week voting period during which fans can log on to and vote once per day. On July 15th, the votes will be tallied and the Top 5 Vote-Getters and the Top 5 Judge’s Picks will be chosen to round out our 10 Finalists.  These finalists will each play a short set on July 20th for organizers, judges, and their fans at Chicago’s newest concert destination, The Mid (306 N. Halsted St.).  Wow them, as they’ll be picking one band, one MC, and one DJ to join the main stage lineup at this year’s fest.   Let the games begin!

Grab one of the remaining $95 discounted full-festival presale passes at!

North Coast Music Festival Announces Full Lineup: STS9, Rusko, Benny Benassi, Future Rock & Zeds Dead amongst 20 new additions!

North Coast Music Festival
has finally shown its full hand, and the 2nd year event has delivered on its promise to expand upon their successful inaugural campaign. With over 60 bands, MCs, and DJs on the bill, Midwest festivalgoers have a real reason to look forward to the end of summer.

With the full lineup announced, fans can expect 3-Day Pass prices to increase in the coming weeks once the allotment of $95 tickets sell out. Single-Day Passes will then become available. Until then, grab one of the remaining discounted full-festival presale passes at


David Guetta * Bassnectar * STS9
Wiz Khalifa * Thievery Corporation * Fatboy Slim

Common * Rusko * Gogol Bordello
Benny Benassi * Carl Cox * ATB
Lotus * Of Montreal * Wolfgang Gartner

Major Lazer * Little Dragon * Future Rock
Neon Indian * Zeds Dead * Big Gigantic
The Budos Band * James Zabiela * SBTRKT
Soul Rebels Brass Brand * Paper Diamond * Felix Cartal
Auto Body * Van Ghost * The Hood Internet
Rubblebucket * Orchard Lounge * Keys N Krates

California Wives * Midnight Conspiracy * Team Bayside High * Gemini Club
Loyal Divide * BBU * Zebo * The Coop * ProbCause * Wyllys * DJ Thibault
Great Divide * Perfect Kiss * Mario Florek * Nameloc * Pyro Fighter
Ghosthouse * Bandiit * The Werks * The Ill & The Restless * Orville Kline
Midwest Hype * NORdjs * Digital Driver * Fifth World * The Arts of Life Band
Intonation Music Workshop

Plus more artists TBA…

Initial Presale Pricing


Second Wave of North Coast Music Festival Artists Hits; Bassnectar, Fatboy Slim, Of Montreal, Major Lazer, ATB, and more!

Any doubts about North Coast’s stronger lineup in year two will certainly be laid to rest with today’s announcement of nine additional main stage acts, and a couple dozen big-name Chicago artists.  Low-end monger Bassnectar joins big beat icon Fatboy Slim and Elephant 6 standouts Of Montreal atop the second wave of North Coast acts announced for the fest’s second incarnation.  Also included in today’s additions is Diplo-collab Major Lazer, trance legend ATB, soul-revivalists The Budos Band, James Zabiela, Austin-based live electro duo Auto Body, and local roots rockers Great Divide.

Representing the city the festival calls home is a host of talent has headlined dates themselves at home and around the country.  California Wives, ascending every hype chart the Internet has to offer, joins Team Bayside High, hosts of “America’s Best Party,” Midnight Conspiracy, Loyal Divide, BBU (Bin Laden Blowin’ Up), Zebo, The Coop, Prob Cause, and Wyllys at the top of North Coast’s local offerings.  With Van Ghost already on the bill, an even bigger Chicago artist still to be announced, and roughly 20 more Chicago names added today, the Windy City is undoubtedly better represented at NCMF than any of it’s fellow summer festivals.

Plus, North Coast Festival has brought some of the city’s foremost charities to the festival stage.  The Arts of Life Band, an edgy collaboration of disabled and non-disabled members of Chicago’s charitable Arts of Life community, and a band representing the Intonation Music Workshop, a Chicago Public Schools after-school program that empowers kids to become rock stars, both have been added to the NCMF bill.

Festival organizers will follow this announcement with two more rounds of artists in the coming weeks.  Full-priced tickets will also be available at


David Guetta * Bassnectar * Wiz Khalifa * Thievery Corporation
Fatboy Slim * Common * Gogol Bordello * Of Montreal * Major Lazer
Lotus * ATB * Wolfgang Gartner * Little Dragon * Neon Indian
The Budos Band * Van Ghost * James Zabiela * Auto Body * Rubblebucket
Great Divide * California Wives * Midnight Conspiracy * Team Bayside High
Loyal Divide * BBU (Bin Laden Blowin’ Up) * Zebo * The Coop * ProbCause
Wyllys * DJ Thibault
* Perfect Kiss * Mario Florek * Pyro Fighter * Nameloc
Ghosthouse * Bandiit (Wolf Pack) * The Werks * The Ill & the Restless

Orville Klein * Midwest Hype * NORdjs * Ralph Digital * Fifth World
The Arts of Life Band * Intonation Music Workshop
More than 20 Artists still to be announced……

Initial Presale Pricing