Top Ten Tips!

Posted on August 29, 2016
Here’s your annual Top Ten Tips for the best possible North Coast weekend.  Read below and be a pro!
1.) LOCATE THE TWO FREE WATER STATIONS
Be sure to check out the MAP and locate the two free water stations.  They are located behind the Heineken House and next to the basketball courts just east of the Skyline Stage.  Drinking water constantly and staying hydrated is a cornerstone to having the best possible NCMF weekend.
2.) DOWNLOAD THE APP
With a lineup this big there’s bound to be last minute schedule changes and announcements.  Download the App to stay informed on the most up-to-the-minute notifications and tips from the organizers.
3.) LOCKERS AVAILABLE
Be the hero of your Coastie crew and rent a locker for everyone to put their things in!  It coms with complimentary cell charging and if you pay for a multi-day rental you can leave your fest supplies in the locker over night!
4.) AFTERPARTIES
A few afterparties have already sold out but we still have something left for everyone!  Huge djs playing small clubs, a showcase of the best in Chicago hiphop, a night of funky jambands, a dj lineup of classic house and techno and everything in between.  The fest music ends at 10pm, but your night doesn’t have to!
5.) PREPARE FOR THE WEATHER
The festival gods have blessed us with a beautiful forecast but anyone who lives in Chicago knows the weather here can turn in a second.  So stay tuned to the weather and bring sunscreen, hats for shade or ponchos and layers if it looks like we’re going to have to bond through the elements this year.
6.) GRAB MERCH EARLY
Every year we sell out of most of the merch items and this year we’ve enlisted some of the sickest artists in town to create a very special collection so this year should be no different.  You can preview just a few of the items here.
7.) DON’T GET SCAMMED
Every year some poor Coastie has to be 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. 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, Flavorus.com.
8.) VIP UPGRADES AVAILABLE
If you find yourself at the festival and a possible Coastie connection is brewing, we got your back.  Pull a pro-move and upgrade to VIP!  Or just upgrade because you deserve it!  It’s Summer’s Last Stand, go big! VIP Upgrades will be available at the VIP area entrance between the North stage and Skyline stage. Check out all that VIP has to offer!
9.) DON’T SNOOZE ON THE ART GALLERIES
We’re really proud of our Living Gallery that has been a part of North Coast since year 1 and our newly added Pop-Up Gallery showcasing talent from the greater Chicago-land area.  Be sure to take a break from dancing and check out both areas.  One of the Silent Disco channels is curated by the Living Gallery producers so you can checkout the art while vibing out to some beats!
10.) WE’RE ALL IN THIS TOGETHER + PARTY RESPONSIBLY
Festival weekend is a marathon, not a sprint.  So take your time reaching your peak party level.  Take breaks from dancing.  Grab some shade. Eat food. Be sure to drink water constantly.  If someone looks like they need water, please share with them.  No one will ever get in trouble for bringing your 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 773.449.8151 and is a direct line to our security.  For other festival related matters you can email community@northcoastfestival.com. It’s up to everyone, the fans and the organizers, to ensure we keep North Coast going!