Hello Coasties! Below is the annual Top Ten Tips for the best possible North Coast weekend. Read below and be a pro – make this weekend one you will never forget!
UPDATED FESTIVAL RULES
We want everyone to have a safe experience at the Festival. Take some time to brush up on the updated rules & regulations to ensure your entry process is speedy!
1.) LOCATE THE TWO FREE WATER STATIONS
Make sure to check out the MAP and locate the two free water stations so you will be prepared when your water bottle runs out. They are located behind the baseball diamond backstop closest to Main Gate and next to the basketball courts just east of the Attendee.com Stage. Drinking water constantly and staying hydrated is a cornerstone to having the best possible NCMF weekend.
2.) DOWNLOAD THE APP – Help Us Reduce Waste and Save Mother Earth!
In an effort to reduce the waste created by our festival and keep our beloved home of Union Park clean, we will NOT be printing fest guide booklets this year. The app is your primary source for last minute schedule changes and announcements. Download the app for a direct line of info straight from the organizers, handy map, and more. FREE for Android and iPhone.
3.) LOCKERS AVAILABLE FOR RENT
Be the hero of your Coastie crew and rent a locker for everyone to put their things in! Each locker includes a complimentary cell phone charger and if you pay for a multi-day rental, you can leave your fest supplies in the locker overnight! There is also unlimited access to the lockers. No need to keep dragging your belongings to and fro!
A few afterparties are already sold out, but we still have something left for everyone! There are massive headliners playing intimate clubs, funky jam bands, and hip hop, techno, and bass that’ll keep you going til the wee hours. For a special treat, some Chicago favorites who aren’t on the NCMF bill this year are also treating us to appearances in venues around the city! The fest ends at 10pm, but your night doesn’t have to! Make this weekend even more lit by grabbing a ticket to our various afters!
5.) EARLY WILL CALL!
Grab your tickets early so you don’t have to spend extra time in line! Guest List & Will Call booths will be open for early pickup on Thu. 8/30 from 4-8pm at the box office on the festival grounds. There will also be service-fee free tickets available for purchase.
Regular festival grounds box office hours are 12-9pm from Fri. 8/31 – Sun. 9/2. The box office is located on Ashland Ave, just south of Lake St, facing west.
3-Day ticket holders who choose the Print-At-Home option will need to hold onto their printed tickets all weekend long. They will be scanned to allow entry once per day.
6.) FRIENDS DON’T LET FRIENDS HARASS PEOPLE
North Coast is partnering this year with OurMusicMyBody to address sexual harassment on site. We want everyone that enters Union Park to feel welcome, safe, and to be able to enjoy the festival harassment-free. To make this a reality, we ask our fans to practice consent and to respect people’s personal “bubbles.” We will not tolerate any form of harassment and if something does occur, please stop by the OMMB booth to talk with trained advocates or talk to security or medics.
7.) BE SMART AND DON’T GET SCAMMED
Year after year, some poor Coastie has to turned away at the gates because they wasted their money on a fake ticket or fake credential off someone on the street. Don’t be that Coastie and make sure not to fall for anyone that tells you otherwise. There are NEVER any legitimate All Access, Artist, Media, Press, or Production passes for sale. Don’t be fooled. Only purchase your tickets from our official ticketing partner, SeeTickets.us.
8.) VIP UPGRADES AVAILABLE
If you feel like you want to get more out of your experience, pull a pro-move and upgrade to VIP! It’s Summer’s Last Stand, so go big or go home! You deserve to end your summer on the best note possible. VIP Upgrades will be available at the VIP area entrance between the North stage and Attendee.com stage. Check out all that VIP has to offer!
9.) YOU WON’T WANT TO MISS THE ART GALLERIES
We’re really honored to have our Living Gallery back for year 9 and our Pop-Up Gallery that was added last year! North Coast will showcasing talent from the greater Chicagoland area and our new Art Installations that will be spread out within the fest grounds. Make sure to take a break from dancing and check out both areas for a physical break and a mental journey. We are also very excited to include another beloved part of Living Gallery: Silent Disco! This was curated by the producers of the Living Gallery to enhance each Coastie’s experience. Come experience the art while vibing out to some beats!
10.) WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER + PARTY RESPONSIBLY
Everyone has had an experience where they go too hard the first day and can’t keep up the momentum for the rest of the weekend – do not be that person this year! Festival weekend is a marathon, not a sprint. Take your time reaching your peak party level and make sure to take a break from dancing and get some water flowing through your body! There’s plenty of shade available in Union Park, as well as a variety of food options. If someone looks like they need water, please share with them. No one will ever get penalized for bringing up concerns about another Coastie’s health to an official at the festival. So if you see something that doesn’t feel right, trust your instinct and tell the closest festival staff member. Our festival emergency hotline is 312.273.2894 and is a direct line to our security. For other festival related matters, you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please be quiet upon exiting the festival each day due to the various residents nearby. It’s up to everyone, the fans and the organizers, to ensure we keep North Coast going strong!