The same vibes and electricity from day one of the Spring Awakening Music Festival carried over into day two.
Excitement was in the air, along with the best drops supplied by some of best DJs and producers from around the world.
As mentioned in my Day 1 recap, there is so much to see, so it’s a great idea to take your time to ensure you see everything the festival has to offer, especially the cooling bus, because Chicago is currently experiencing some of best summer weather at the moment.
When it comes to the food vendors, React Presents makes sure to book the best of the best in Chicago cuisine. Chicago staples such as Cheesie’s Pub & Grub and Harold’s Chicken Shack were all in attendance and always had a line as far as the eye could see, but there was also a great company serving up some great baked goods. The Signature Sweets Factory had such a phenomenal array of treats featuring cookies, brownies, original cupcakes and more. I definitely enjoyed the vanilla sugar cookie. If you’re heading out to day three, I highly recommend trying some of their treats, you will not be disappointed.
If the first day was any indication that the artists were ready to tear down the city, the second day was no different.
The likes of Moon Boots and Yotto kept the Anjunadeep tent bumping House throughout the day.
The Mega-duo and Chicago’s very own Krewella returned to the city that made them for a bass heavy performance at the Equinox Stage. Sisters, Jahan & Yasmine would trade out times on the decks to take the mic to perform selections from their rich discography. Krewella would also come together to perform their latest single, Love Outta Me from their recently released New World, Pt. 1 EP.
At one point the wind was really kicking up, and began to slightly cause some trouble for the group with Jahan saying “yo, fuck this wind” with a smile on her face. This didn’t stop fans from head banging and raging and it definitely didn’t stop Krewella from having one of the most memorable sets during the SAMF weekend.
Spring Awakening also showcased debuts from some of cream of the crop in EDM and trance.
Alan Walker, the 19 year old Norwegian DJ and producer made his first appearance at Spring Awakening and it was also his first time in the second city. The crowd was red hot for Alan, waving their “AW” flags around during his hard hitting hour set. Be sure to keep it locked on Journalist Without A Beat as my interview with Alan Walker will be released this week!
The once mysterious ZHU also made his highly discussed debut at the fest this year, complete with a guitarist and saxophone player. At one point during his set, ZHU took a moment to address the hot Chicago crowd and say that “Dance music is alive in Chicago”. Indeed it was as the crowd enjoyed every enticing song ZHU performed, especially during his breakout 2014 single Faded.
Check out photos of Day 2 of Spring Awakening below
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