First Six North Coast Music Festival Artists Announced, 3-Day Passes on Sale: Wiz Khalifa, Thievery Corporation, Common, Lotus, Little Dragon, Neon Indian

Time to free up your Labor Day WeekendNorth Coast Music Festival has re-upped after its inaugural success in 2010 with a beefier lineup and a new bag of surprises.  NCMF’s initial announcement of six acts will be coupled with an exclusive, one-day offering as Groupon’s Daily Deal, saving nearly 4000 savvy fans 53% of the planned Three-Day Pass price. North Coast Music Festival will take place at Union Park in Chicago, IL from September 2nd-4th, 2011.

Festival organizers will follow their initial announcement by releasing four additional acts the following day, 4/16.


  • Wiz Khalifa
  • Thievery Corporation
  • Common
  • Lotus
  • Little Dragon
  • Neon Indian
  • More than 50 Artists still to be announced……

Initial Presale Pricing:

Chicago’s Breakout Festival Returning to Union Park for Labor Day Weekend 2011; Initial On-Sale and Artist Announcements Land 4/16.

48,000 music fans can’t be wrong. North Coast Music Festival’s maiden voyage proved a success, with fans, families and freaks descending upon Chicago’s Union Park for three days of arts, culture and cause during Labor Day Weekend 2010. With the Monday holiday giving festival goers a day to recuperate, organizers have again chosen Labor Day weekend 2011 (Friday, September 2 – Sunday, September 4, 2011) for their progressive serving of electronica, MCs, jambands and everything in between.

Keep your eyes on for ticket on-sale and initial artist announcements dropping on April 16, 2011.

Initial presale tickets are priced as follows:

  • Single-Day Passes – $40
  • Three-Day Passes – $95

10 North Coast Nuggets of Info You Should Probably Pay Attention to: Festival Map, Will Call & Check-In, Ticket Prices, What to Bring, What Not to Bring

Hey! North Coast Festivalgoers! Pay attention, this stuff makes all of our lives easier and more enjoyable. Now follow the rules, enjoy the tunes, and have the time of your freakin’ life. The maiden voyage is upon us. See below and click here for a map of the festival.

1. All children 12 years and under will be admitted to the festival free of charge. Because North Coast is generous, and kids deserve good live music too.

2. If you’re on the Will-Call/Guest-List, or if you already have a 3-day ticket, head to Bottom Lounge first. Have a drink while you’re there and avoid the front gate congestion. It’s right around the corner.

3. After Parties for Everyone. To be fair, festival ticket buyers were offered the first crack at the limited spots at the After Parties. Starting today, the After Parties will be open to the general public. Get Your Tickets Here!

4. Never Ending Sensory Input. The Chicago Reader Living Gallery, featuring graf walls and epic murals, body painting, overhead art installations, merch and food options for everyone, photo booths, hoopers, old hippies, babies with shooting range headhpones, ridiculous outfits, ridiculous people.

5. Don’t bring things that are obviously not allowed. Also don’t bring large lounge chairs, tents, knives or weapons, video or audio recording devices, professional cameras, pets, food, glass containers, beverages except for sealed water, and aerosol cans of ANY kind.

6. By all means, bring your digital cameras, phone or disposable cameras, fanny packs, purses, European carry-alls, school backpacks (will be searched), lawn chairs, blankets, hipster sunglasses, floppy hats, lighters, cigarettes, sun block, lip gloss, empty plastic containers, umbrellas, binoculars, etc.

7. Members of the Media, North Coast is happy to have you. Check in at the entrance located on Ashland Ave, just South of Lake Street and record why everyone should come back next year with all of their friends.

8. Tickets going fast, with ticket prices increasing throughout the week as supply is diminished. Any left at the gate will be available for $50. Still a bargain.

9. Don’t forget to thank our partners, because without them, none of this would be possible. Map out your month with a few Groupons, chug a Red Bull while listening to, grab groceries in a ZipCar, and pick up copies of the Redeye, Timeout Chicago, Chicago Reader, and Relix on your way back to your suite at the Hard Rock Hotel. Then make friends with the rest of our partners.

10. Have you heard about this lineup?

North Coast Music Festival Schedule Announced; 10 “Toast of the Coast” Contestants One Step Closer to a Date w/ the Mainstage!

Can you believe that North Coast Music Festival is making the following lineups available for $40/day or $85 for the whole shebang?  We still can’t… Get Your Tickets Here! And… CUSTOMIZE YOUR SCHEDULE on JAMBASE!


North Stage

8:30pm-10:00pm >> The Chemical Brothers
6:30pm-7:30pm >> Paul Van Dyk
4:30pm-5:30pm >> Orchard Lounge

Groupon: What’s a Music? Stage

7:30pm-8:30pm >> Pretty Lights
5:30pm-6:30pm >> Paul Kalkbrenner

Red Bull Local Stage

9:00pm-10:00pm >> m.sylvia & DJ Kibo
8:00pm-9:00pm >> Mettle
7:00pm-8:00pm >> Wyllys
6:00pm-7:00pm >> Paul Universe
5:00pm-6:00pm >> XPOSUR vs Clark Kent


North Stage

8:30pm-10:00pm >> Umphrey’s McGee
6:30pm-7:30pm >> Jay Electronica
4:30pm-5:30pm >> Grace Potter & the Nocturnals
2:30pm-3:30pm >> New Mastersounds
12:30pm-1:30pm >> “Toast of the Coast” Band Winner

Groupon: What’s a Music? Stage

7:30pm-8:30pm >> De La Soul
5:30pm-6:30pm >> The New Deal
3:30pm-4:30pm >> Van Ghost
1:30pm-2:30pm >> Alabaster Brown

Coast Stage

9:00pm-10:00pm >> Moby (DJ)
8:00pm-9:00pm >> Boys Noize
6:30pm-7:30pm >> Future Rock
5:00pm-6:00pm >> Benga
3:45pm-4:45pm >> Laidback Luke
2:30pm-3:30pm >> Two Fresh
1:00pm-2:00pm >> “Toast of the Coast” MC Winner

Red Bull Local Stage

9:00pm-10:00pm >> Hey Champ
7:30pm-8:30pm >> Family Groove Company
6:30pm-7:30pm >> Midnight Conspiracy
6:00pm-6:30pm >> Rukus
5:00pm-6:00pm >> The Comeups
4:00pm-5:00pm >> Tima Fei & Phat!van
3:00pm-4:00pm >> Strange Arrangement
2:00pm-3:00pm >> Great Divide
1:00pm-2:00pm >> Land of Atlantis
12:00pm-1:00pm >> Save the Clocktower


North Stage

8:30pm-10:00pm >> Nas & Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley
6:30pm-7:30pm >> Flying Lotus
4:30pm-5:30pm >> Holy Ghost!
2:30pm-3:30pm >> Phantogram
1:00pm-1:45pm >> The Coop

Groupon: What’s a Music? Stage
7:30pm-8:30pm >> Lupe Fiasco
5:30pm-6:30pm >> Mayer Hawthorne & The County
3:30pm-4:30pm >> Dirty Dozen Brass Band
1:45pm-2:30pm >> Loyal Divide

Coast Stage

8:30pm-10:00pm >> The Disco Biscuits
7:00pm-8:00pm >> Green Velvet (Live)
5:30pm-6:30pm >> Claude VonStroke
4:15pm-5:15pm >> Benny Benassi
3:00pm-4:00pm >> Maps and Atlases
2:00pm-3:00pm >> Skeet Skeet
1:00pm-2:00pm >> “Toast of the Coast” DJ Winner

Red Bull Local Stage

9:00pm-10:00pm >> Gemini Club
8:00pm-9:00pm >> Gabe Real
7:00pm-8:00pm >> Papa G
6:00pm-7:00pm >> Stephen Paul Smoker
5:00pm-6:00pm >> Trew
4:00pm-5:00pm >> The Right Now
3:00pm-4:00pm >> Mario Florek
2:15pm-3:00pm >> Bobby De Maria & Tsunami
1:30pm-2:15pm >> DJ Lips
1:00pm-1:30pm >> D.E.E.

“Toast of the Coast” Finalists

Congratulations to the 10 bands, DJs, and MCs that have been chosen from the Top 20 Vote-Getters to perform for North Coast organizers, friends, families, and fans on Thursday, August 26th at Tonic Room (2447 N Halsted St, north of Fullerton). Tickets are only $5, Doors @ 8:00pm, Music @ 8:20pm, Ages 21+..  Come on by to watch them play it out for those last three spots.  The lucky artists are: Na Palm (MC), Khaled M (MC), DJ Pasha (DJ), Sidewalk Chalk (MC/Band), Johnny Rumble (Band), Probable Cause (MC), Adam Ashbach (Band), Art Garden (Band), DJ Belly (DJ) and Skeetones (DJ).

North Coast Fest & Red Bull Agree: 3 Stages, 6 After Parties, and 35 Bands just NOT ENOUGH! Festival BEEFS up Lineup, After Parties, and Local Talent with final main stage acts and 23 additions to Red Bull Tourbus Stage! Extra dates with Green Velvet, Claude VonStroke & Auto Body; Prices set to increase 8/18!

Chicago has never been light on local talent. And North Coast Music Festival organizers have teamed with Red Bull to hammer that point home. So, when North Coast descends on Union Park this Labor Day weekend, so will the Red Bull Tour Bus. 1 part tricked-out tour bus, 2 parts Transformer, and all parts concert stage!

Plus, NCMF has decided on their final artist additions, opening its arms and welcoming The Coop (Sunday) and Alabaster Brown (Saturday) to the main stage roster. Aside from the two “Toast of the Coast” play-in contest winners to be announced later this month, main stage lineups are now COMPLETE!

The After Party Lineup has grown as well, with Auto Body and The Flavor Savers joining some mainstage talent on a pair of new late night options. Lastly, waiting much longer to grab your pass wouldn’t be wise, as $35 and $75 passes have all but been depleted. On Wednesday, August 18, single day tickets will increase to $40 and 3-day passes will increase to $85. Still a steal. Get your tickets here!

The Red Bull Tourbus Local Stage Lineup

Day 1 – Friday, September 3, 2010
M. Sylvia v. DJ Kibo (NORdjs) * Mettle * Wyllys
Paul Universe * XPOSUR v. Clark Kent

Day 2 – Saturday, September 4, 2010
Hey Champ * Midnight Conspiracy * Family Groove Company * The Comeups
Tima Fei & Phatt!van (NORdjs) * Strange Arrangement * Great Divide
Land of Atlantis w/ Joel Cummins (Umphrey’s McGee)* SoundScape

Day 3 – Sunday, September 5, 2010
Gemini Club * Gabe Real * Papa G * Stephen Paul Smoker
Trew * The Right Now * Mario Florek (Live)
Bobby De Maria & Tsunami * DJ Lips * D.E.E.

2 More Afters Added to the Menu

Friday, September 3, 2010
Loyal Divide & The Flavor Savers @ Bottom Lounge

Saturday, September 4, 2010
Auto Body added to Boys Noize w/ Kissy Sell Out @ Bottom Lounge

Sunday, September 4, 2010
Green Velvet (DJ set) + Claude VonStroke @ Transit Nightclub

As always, tickets for everything available at North Coast Music Festival Ticketing on!