Published on June 9th, 2012 | by EDMinsider0
Preview: Spring Awakening Festival’s Best After Parties
Chicago: Unless you have been living under a rock or missed the advertisements on the CTA, you are aware the biggest names in dance music are coming to Chicago the weekend of June 16th-17th to take on Spring Awakening Music Festival. Check out the top reasons to attend SAMF here . As R. Kelly once said, “after the show it’s the after party,” well, after SAMF there are about 12 officially announced after parties to keep your electro tooth satisfied. So whether you miss a DJ due to a conflicting set time or forgo the festival altogether, you still have ample opportunity to catch your favorite acts at any of these supplementary shows.
So let’s start with the big guys. The festival’s closing headliners, Skrillex and Afrojack, will be heading to the MID on Saturday and Sunday night respectively. Both are expected to attract a crowd large enough to violate fire codes, and while it is unclear who is scheduled to open for Skrillex, Afrojack sure seems to be in good company with both R3hab and Quintino, the mastermind behind “Epic” (this year’s obvious anthem at Ultra Music Festival), set to open for the “Jacked” man on campus.
Can’t decide between house and dubstep? Why not “get your satisfaction” and go see Benny Benassi, a DJ known to incorporate both sounds, at the House of Blues Saturday night. Otherwise, you can trance it out at Vision nightclub for the Ferry Corsten after show. Or if you are in the mood for moombahton or a more ‘dubier’ sound, check out Congress Theater when it hosts the A-Track, Dillon Francis, and Kill the Noise after party – also scheduled for Saturday night. Sunday night’s standout after parties include Laidback Luke and Diplo at the beautiful House of Blues, and techno legend Carl Cox’s show at Sound Bar.
If you are looking for a more intimate ‘aftie,’ some solid options include seeing Morgan Page at Lumen, or raging out to Claude Vonstroke at Spy Bar- a club known for its close quarters. Finally, why not avoid the club scene all together and party on a yacht with Gabriel & Dresden. Not only does the ticket price include good company and quality beats, but a three-hour open bar is thrown in as well.
No matter what type of show you are looking for, one of these is bound to ‘wobble’ your fancy. So if you are going to the festival, try to suck it up and rally; and if you’re not, it will sure be a fun night out in Chi-city.
Don’t cut your night short.
For tickets and further details on SAMF Afters, check out www.clubtix.com/springawakeningfest.
Article by: Amanda Stamelos