Are you ready for live music again?
With covid restrictions lifting and the country opening back up, music festivals are steadily making a return. Chicago is set to host the inaugural ARC Music Festival on this year’s Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 4-5. The festival will be held at Union Park and has an amazing lineup of house and techno artists set up to play across their four stages, three of which are for international DJs and the other being used to highlight local talent.
This lineup is insane! It’s stacked with great international artists, including Australian DJ, FISHER who is very known for his hot hits “Losing It” and “You Little Beauty.” Swedish DJ Eric Prydz will have two sets, one lone set and a b2b with fellow Swedish DJ Adam Beyer using his other alias; Cirez D. Eric Prydz will also be performing at the now sold-out official closing party using the alias PRYDA. This will be the first time ever that Prydz performs under all three aliases for a festival weekend.
Canadian duo Bob Moses will be contributing to this amazing festival with an awesome club set. The festival will also welcome a list of hot British DJs which include: Hot Since 82, CamelPhat, Patrick Topping, Will Clarke, Mason Maynard, and Cristoph. Don’t think we’ve forgotten our female talent! The festive be bringing some of the best women DJ’s in the industry. Nicole Moudaber, Deborah De Luca, Eli & Fur, DJ Heather, Hiroko Yamamura are all scheduled to be a part of this first-time festival.
For those that don’t know, Chicago is actually the home of house music, so it only makes complete sense for the windy city to be the host of this festival. ARC expects to bring in a diverse crowd filled with people who share a love of electronic music while creating their own unique Chicago experience. A cool feature of this festival is the showcase of hometown legends. Derrick Carter, Steve Gerard, DJ Pierre, Hiroko Yamamura, and Gene Farris are all familiar names in the Chicago dance scene. This will add to the “Chicago vibe” of the festival.
The past year has been really stressful in more ways than one but ARC is providing a great getaway for house and techno lovers to gather. The festival lineup is filled with legendary discographies and performers. Along with their amazing lineup, the ARC team has been working hard on the production of all four stages as well as the whole festival grounds to ensure a mesmerizing experience. Since DJs are now starting to have the opportunities to perform again, they are definitely ready to blast all the music they have been itching to play for big crowds for the past year. There is no other place to be on Labor Day weekend.
For those worried about the current situation with the pandemic, according to an article by the Chicago Tribune, COVID-19 safety procedures will be released on a date closer to the event following guidance from local health officials. ARC is doing what they can to make sure everyone has a fun and safe experience.