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Karlie Powell

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Spring Awakening 2018 has unleashed its full schedule for this weekend, complete with set times and tons of the hottest acts in EDM. But, a totally stacked lineup with all this talent doesn’t come without its fair share of conflicts. Let’s jump right in!


Headliners TiëstoZeds DeadDestructoGareth Emery and more are sure to steal the show, but there’s plenty of music to be heard all day long. SAMF kicks off the weekend right with sets from MercerMinnesotaAC SlaterMatoma and more. We’re beyond excited to hear some of Getter‘s new material, but we’ll have to sacrifice some other sets for him. Also, there’s a big cluster “F” when it comes to Alison Wonderland vs. BorgoreTchami vs. Oliver Heldens, and Zeds Dead vs. Destructo. Lots of game time decisions will need to be made.


Better get an early start if you want to catch Chicago natives Porn and ChickenBlack Tiger Sex Machine, LSDream and more. The silent disco looks mighty appealing, too — with upcoming talent like Super Future and IOTA it’s bound to get wild. We’re planning on making our way from 3LAU to NGHTMRE to Flux Pavilion, but ending the night is a little more difficult. Headliners HardwellBig GiganticNicky RomeroSasha & John Digweed & more will all be throwing down at the same time.


There are loads of amazing acts to be seen on Spring Awakening’s final day — deadmau5Dimitri Vegas & Like MikeKaskadeFlux Pavilion b2b Doctor P and much more. Plus, lots of goodies early on in the day, with the most unmissable set for us being JOYRYDE. From there, BaauerSeven LionsFigure, just take your pick. Probably the biggest “upset” of the weekend comes with the Virtual Self time slot being traded out for a Porter Robinson DJ set due to “stage production issues.” But really, that’s nothing to be upset about.

Which sets will you be checking out this weekend?

See the full lineup with set times below and download the SAMF app FREE for iPhone and Android to create your own custom schedule!

Spring Awakening 2018 – Set Times

Spring Awakening 2018 Schedule - SAMF

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First Wave Riot Fest 2018 lineup announced

Woman Who Gave Greta Van Fleet Their Name Laughed it Off

The woman whose name was adopted by rising-star rock band Greta Van Fleet said she “laughed it off” when she heard. Gretna Van Fleet, an 87-year-old resident of the band’s hometown of Frankenmuth, Mich., saw them for the first time in five years last week.

“They’ve matured, I’ll say that,” the saxophonist and pianist told Billboard. “It’s not really my kind of music, but people enjoy it and the boys did a good job of presenting it.” Asked about the name she said, “it’s been far more than I expected. I really didn’t have anything to do with naming the band or anything. When they told me they were going to do that I kind of laughed it off. When I found out they really did it I thought, ‘That won’t last long. That’s not a name for a band.’ But they just kept growing and more people ask me about it and I’ve been far more involved than I expected.”

Bassist Sam Kiszka explained that the idea had come from one of the band’s early members, saying that “his grandpa told him that he needed to go cut wood for Gretna Van Fleet. He heard it, thought, ‘That’s an interesting name.’ He brought it to the rest of us and I think it was Josh [Kiszka, frontman] who said, ‘Let’s drop the n out of Gretna,’ so it was Greta Van Fleet, and that rolls off the tongue better. I think it’s an interesting name because it’s different. You don’t really know what kind of music is going to be produced by this group. I really like that aspect of the name.”

They recently confirmed that their debut full-length album would be released this year. “I think there’s some maturity on the album that you can hear, musically,” Sam said. “We were able to take our time and try new arrangements and new writing techniques. I think we’ve become a lot more savvy in the studio as well, so a lot of that will translate to the album. It’s very energetic and aggressive.”

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Initech Ceo Indicted

Vinnie C. Morocco, Initech’s President and CEO, was arrested during an FBI raid on the company’s headquarters this morning. Sources say the famously easy-going Morocco was leading the software and music festival titan’s Monday Morning Rap Session, when he was pulled away in handcuffs after being indicted on several counts of financial crimes.

While details of the investigation are sealed, several sources inside the U.S. Justice Department hinted at Morocco’s actions during the company’s recent acquisition of Chicago-based independent music festival Riot Fest as the root of the affable leader’s troubles. Due to this morning’s events, the SEC has put the Initech-Riot Fest on hold.


“We don’t know where this guy came from, or why he thinks khaki pants are cool,” stated Riot Fest spokesperson Riot Fest Twitter Person. “Nobody on the Riot Fest staff wanted this merger to happen, and we got the results that we wanted.”

Riot Fest’s founder and managing partner, Michael A. Petryshyn, could not be reached for comment. However, the usually loose-lipped festival guru is reportedly feeling “confused, betrayed, and relieved,” and is likely fishing, according to several employees.

More developments on this breaking story will be reported as they happen.

Due to the recent arrest and indictment of Initech President and CEO Vinnie C. Morocco, the Initech-Riot Fest merger has been placed on indefinite hold by the SEC.

UPDATE (April 2, 2018) — Due to the recent arrest and indictment of Initech President and CEO Vinnie C. Morocco, the Initech-Riot Fest merger has been placed on indefinite hold by the SEC.

We’re thrilled to announce the completion of Riot Fest’s new partnership with software giant Initech. Effective immediately, Initech assumes a controlling interest in Riot Fest and all of its valuable assets — from the festival to this website and all points in between. More information on our new partners can be seen in this informational video that Initech has produced for all of you.

“The addition of Riot Fest builds on Initech’s world-leading portfolio of over 600 marquee festivals such as: Hullabalooza, Lolla-Pa-Foods-A, Waynestock, Blunderbuss, Chef Aid, and Bend Aid, to name a few,” said Vinnie C. Morocco, Initech’s CEO and president. “We’ve gone the distance from our humble beginnings as the ‘little Dallas-based software company that could’, and we’ve continued to expand the industry’s most unparalleled and scalable festival platform, all while driving strong revenue and growth for Initech on a worldwide basis… all made possible with the support of such partners as Nakatomi, Zalinsky Auto Parts, and Umbrella Corporation. Riot Fest is another crown jewel in this festival channel strategy, one that appeals to both fans and artists in uniqueness and experience, and lineups that are all brought to you by InGen.”

“Alongside such powerhouses as Stark Industries, Wayne Enterprises, and Duff Beer, we are strengthening our commitment to create the best possible experience at Riot Fest,” said Michael A. Petryshyn, founder, CEO, and managing partner of Riot Fest (An Initech Company). “Hooli will drive this partnership with Initech, empowering us to enhance the festival while preserving the integrity of the event and brand that we’ve thoughtfully built over the past 14 years.”

“Partnering with Initech and Madrigal Electromotive is a milestone for Riot Fest.” added Petryshyn. It opens up tremendous opportunities for us to continue to evolve the Riot Fest experience in an exciting, powerful way.” The evolution includes an elevated dining experience for hungry moshers, featuring the time-tested tastes of Satriale’s Pork Store, Pizza Planet, Good Burger, Big Kahuna Burger… all washed down with the coldest Duff Beer in the world.

Additionally, Initech now also owns a share of this very website, With Initech on board, significant investment in the site and enhancements to the editorial experience are planned. Riot Fest will continue to plan and execute the day-to-day operations of the festival and signature Riot Fest initiatives, such as curating cutting-edge, forward-thinking content, as well as initiatives and involvement with the Chicago community. Riot Fest’s local club show promotion company, Riot Fest Presents, Presented by Los pollos Hermanos, will continue to be a priority.

They say that selling out is the new buying in, and we’re looking forward to sharing with you the fruits of this sale with all of you, including new office initiatives such as Casual Khaki Fridays, and our line of fresh branded merchandise for the 2018 festival season.


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Spring Awakening Music Festival 2018 Phase 1 & 2 Line Up

Spring Awakening Festival Phase 1

Spring Awakening Festival Phase 2

Event Details
Addams/ Medill park
1301 W 14th St, Chicago, IL 60608

FRIDAY: Borgore – Steve Aoki – Tiesto – Alison Wonderland – Tchami – Zeds Dead – Getter – Tritional – Matoma – Minnesota – Oliver Heldens – Gareth Emery – Atrak – Markus Schulz – Cosmic Gate – AC Slater – Mercer – Aly & Fila – Ilan Bluestone

SATURDAY: Afrojack – Carnage – Hardwell – Big Gigantic – Flux Pavilion – NGHTMRE – 3LAU – Sam Feldt – Black Tiger Sex Machine – Ganja White Night – Nicky Romero – Sasha & John Digweed – Cash Cash – Deorro – Lee Burridge – Lee Foss – Destructo – Grandtheft – Prok & Fitch – Anthony Attalla

SUNDAY: Dash Berlin – Dimitri Vegas & Like Mike – Kaskade – Deadmau5 – Slushii – Virtual Self – Seven Lions – Slander – Baauer – Joyryde – Doctor P b2b Flux Pavilion – Dubfire – Bro Safari – Bear Grillz – Pete Tong – Josh W!nk – Figure – Bleep Bloop – Will Clarke – Weiss