Coastie (Noun): An avid music festival fan who calls North Coast Music Festival home for three days a year.

Thousands of Coasties lovingly refer to North Coast Music Festival (NCMF) as “Summer’s Last Stand.” This year, the seventh annual festival returns to Union Park over Labor Day Weekend on Friday, September 2nd through Sunday, September 4th.

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Year after year North Coast’s all-embracing roster spans genres from dance to hip-hop, indie, funk, jam bands, and everything else sprinkled in between. This year’s headlining artists include ingenious DJ/producer BASSNECTAR making his triumphant return to North Coast, along with influential breakout duo ODESZA making their headlining NCMF debut, and international superstar, ZEDD.

Additionally, the Phase One lineup features a wide array of artists making their North Coast debut including LOGIC, GROUPLOVE, GALANTIS, JUICY J, GREENSKY BLUEGRASS, TY DOLLA $IGN, ZOMBOY, MATOMA, SAM FELDT, RAURY, VULFPECK, THE REVIVALISTS, STICK FIGURE,and BIG WILD, along with indie-noise-pop darlings SLEIGH BELLS.

Another notable North Coast first is Les Claypool of Primus’ brainchild, THE CLAYPOOL LENNON DELIRIUM, a new collaborative project with Sean Lennon (Son of John Lennon) will perform. The pair rounds out their massive Summer tour with their first ever Chicago performance at NCMF, in celebration of their debut collaborative LP, set for release this June.

Returning to the fest for the second time is everyone’s favorite Chef-turned-MC ACTION BRONSON who recently released a widely popular web food series called “F*ck That’s Delicious” via VICE’s Viceland channel. Toronto-based electro purveyors KEYS & KRATES will also be returning as North Coast veterans, to once again create incredible memories for festival goers from all over the nation.

Stayed tuned for the Phase Two lineup announcement, which will continue to deliver an eclectic mix of musical genres that has grown to be such a unique factor of this Chicago event. Heineken is once again the official adult beverage partner of North Coast. More details will follow on the return of theHeineken House!

“Whether it’s EDM, grooving to a band or a mix of both that fans sought, North Coast’s lineup is well tailored to satiate an array of tastes” – Chicago Tribune

“North Coast offers a medley of sounds across R&B, funk, electronic, hip-hop, and the distinct noodle of a jam band or two.” – Consequence of Sound

“NCMF thrives on this eclecticism. Sure, not everyone is down with everything, but at any given time there is something for everyone.” – Beatport

“Through their luscious lineup and fire festival grounds, the folks at North Coast have created an environment that fosters the most positive vibrations in the Chicago festival scene.” – EDM Chicago


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Festival Assets:
2016 Phase One Flyer:
Ticketing Link:
Official Video Recaps:
2015 Pictures:

North Coast 2016 Phase One Artists (listed alphabetically):
Action Bronson
Big Wild
Greensky Bluegrass
Juicy J
Keys N Krates
Sam Feldt
Sleigh Bells
Stick Figure
The Claypool Lennon Delirium
The Revivalists
Ty Dolla $ign

About NCMF:
North Coast Music Festival was originally founded in 2010 by a group of independent promoters who came together to create an urban taste-maker festival of emerging and established artists from a diverse range of genres. Between them they produce hundreds of Chicago-based events each year, including multiple festivals in the Midwest, one-off events at Chicago’s premiere music venues, street festivals, and more, that attract thousands of fans and artists from all over the world.

North Coast Music Festival
September 2nd – September 4th, 2016
Union Park
Chicago, IL 60607
Friday: 3 PM – 10 PM
Saturday/Sunday: 12 PM – 10 PM