Spring Awakening will keep Chicago’s festival life dancing in 2019. Debuting a new location, the EDM festival shows the possibility for bigger production, more carnival like ride possibilities, and maybe even more stages. The landscape of Chicago’s historic Douglas Park provides the perfect backdrop to an amazing 3-day festival experience with extra “curious corners to find and lose oneself in.”
Spring Awakening Music Festival will take place starting on June 7th 2019 through the 9th. Early bird passes go on sale Tuesday, November 13th on the Spring Awakening website. If you purchased tickets for Spring Awakening 2016, 2017 or 2018, you should receive an email with a loyalty code on November 12th, the code will allow you to purchase discounted tickets for the 2019 fest!
I love summer. I love summer so much, that I save all my complains for cold months. I don’t let a single negative word come out of my mouth while the sweet summer heat goldens my skin. That’s why North Coast Music Festival is bitter sweet. NCMF means the end of summer, our last chance to let our hair down and rock the grounds of a park somewhere in some city (this case Union Park, Chicago), celebrating our love for music and all the fun summer has brought… But enough with this weather analogy, NCMF is the perfect way to celebrate the closing of yet another great summer while staying positive, got it!
This year, I raffled off tickets (Thank you thank you North Coast!) tickets to bring along 2 music festival lovers! These lucky gals, joined my photog/dancer/musician friend Kayla as we taught them the culture and life of festival going! It was their first festival ever! We booked our rooms, planned our festival outfits, packed our weekenders and hit the road to Chicago.
The summer humidity was on blast and the heat was perfect. As we walked through the gates of the festival, we roam each stage and area of the grounds. We checked out the venders, the art, and familiarized ourselves with each state and location. Our first full set was DVSN, then we planned to split as some of wanted to check out Miguel and others wanted see Axwell /\ Ingrosso. That was our plan. That was probably the plan for many. Unfortunately Chicago had other plans in mind.
As we we ran to our hotel through the streets of Chicago, we kissed all frustrations goodbye and allowed ourselves to be playful in the rain. Last time we enjoyed playing in the rain was when we were kids and North Coast (Mother Nature really but let’s go with it) gave us the opportunity to do so again! So thank you NCMF! In our minds we still had 2 full days, so cutting one day short was no problem.
Half way through DVSN’s amazing set, the rain went from an annoying mist, to a full blown storm. The winds blew tents over, the water quickly gathered creating puddles elephants wold love to play in, and the vibe went from festivity to run-for-safety. For our, and everyone working/preforming at North Coast, safety, the festival was closed for the night. Big acts Axwell /\ Ingross and Miguel were cancelled.
Saturday was promising! We went to a fun brunch, we fueled our bodies with mimosas and joy and off we went to celebrate day 2! Our plan was to loudly dance in the silent disco, check out the live art, ride the disco shark, check out new artists and dance to the craziness that is DJ Snake. I also did fall in love with The Polish Ambassador & Diplomatic Scandal. I loved everything about them and their music.
Unfortunately, the windy city kept it’s nickname proud and gates were shot early due to severe weather warnings. Listen, we’re all for safety and making sure our bodies don’t over work themselves, so we were OK leaving a little early. Out of our Saturday plan, all we missed was DJ Snake, so it was a successful day.
Sunday was the day we set to really check out new artists and fall in love with new music. After our traditional visit to the infamous bean, which BTWs it’s actually called ‘Cloud Gate’ – 🤦🏽♂️ did not know that- we head into our final NCMF day. We really wanted to check out Crywolf. So glad we did! He’s whole vibe and set were perfect. We sat on the ground and watch festival goers dance, blow glitter into the air and lounge on huge picnic blankets. We even caught a sweet sweet moment of mom and son sharing their love of music. Jacob Banks blew our minds off! His voice, is amazing! His vibe, is full of life and soul. Everything about his set and performance had us all in awe.
Despite the early closure of Friday and Saturday and having to leave early Sunday, we’re happy to report that our North Coast Music Festival 2018 was an absolute success. Will we do it again? 100%. Will I recommend it to others? 100%. Will I try to have another contest for next NCMF? 100%!! Thank you North Coast for keeping us safe and taking good care of us. Thank you for the new music and thank you for the good times. I’m happy to say that I will see you again next year.
Did you go to North Coast? Let me know about your experience! Who was our favorite artist? Favorite stage? Favorite food vendor? I want to know it all!
It’s officially North Coast Music Festival Week!!! In less than 24 hours we will be roaming the Union Park grounds in Chicago. We already know the lineup is amazing. An incredibly eclectic set of musicians will hit 5 different stages throughout the 3 day festival.
Here’s the map of the grounds. Plan and share this with your squad so you guys know where your favorite artists, food, merchandise stations, food and drinks are all at.
SET TIMES! Plan your weekend around the artist you want to see. Make sure you leave a little wiggle room so you can check out new and different music. Music Festivals are ideal for falling in love with someone new… artist and fling!
Single day tickets are still available for sale HERE. Don’t forget to pack light, stay hydrated, be helpful to others, and PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE, make sure you live in the moment. Put the phone away, well, don’t, you have to capture as much as you can on social media so can share with everyone… but while you’re not sharing with everyone, put the phone down, live in the moment. Make memories. Make new friends. HAVE FUN!
See you guys this weekend! And if you see me, stop me and say hello! Let’s take a pic and share a dance!
Jessica Lange is back!!!! Now that we got that out there, I can calmly continue with the rest of the posts. Every season AHS is swarm with rumors, spoilers, secrets and anticipating cast revelations. So, here’s the little I know about the upcoming 8th season. But first, how amazing is the new FX Teaser of season 8?!?!!
Dante’s Nine Circles of Hell
Last year Ryan Murphy posted which circle of hell would represent the already aired seasons. If we were to go by this, this would only leave us with only two more American Horror Stories. Could this really be the almost end to an amazing franchise? And as a rumored crossover of two of the best seasons, in my opinion, would it then tackle two of the circles? Making it the last season of American Horror Story? No!! There’s no way. The good news is that the crossover is to be of
Murder House and Coven
Murphy dropped the amazing news via twitter and has continued to keep us excited as we slowly approach the September 12th premier. This crossover concept is set to bring back characters we love and love to hate.
Jessica Lange Emma Roberts Evan Peters Kathy Bates Sarah Paulson Billie Lourd
Joan Collins Billie Eichner Adina Porter Cheyenne Jackson Leslie Grossman And more to be announce.
So that’s all I got so far. While we wait for the September 12th premier, I’m going to rewatch Murder House and Coven and if life doesn’t get in the way, I’ll watch the others too. Are you excited about the new American Horror Story?
This makes me want to go to TomorrowLand so much more. Never been, but I have to TomorrowWorld, but it’s for sure in my bucket list, and the official aftermovie makes me want to go to it so much more! Their message is amazing and the vibes are EVERYTHING!
Ok, the production of the main stage is crazy! It looked like you really would feel like you were underwater. Minute 9ish, when ‘Your Mind’ by Adam Beyer & Bart Skills plays… uuuufffff!!!!
Everything look amazing and the aftermovie does such an amazing job at wrapping it all up nicely. Like, I really really wanna go! Is it just me, or that ending a solid tearjerker?! UGH!!! I love them so much!!!! Did you guys like the aftermovie? What was your favorite moment?
Yep! Elephante not only drops an eclectic EP ‘Glass Mansion’, with unbelievable spotify streaming records, but also announces a fall tour that will hit 33 cities in a 3 month span.
The 9 track EP’s 1st single, ‘Have it All’, features the magical vocals and romantic vibes of Nevve, while leading the track with bouncy and airy upbeat tunes. The perfect, in my opinion, first kiss song. Think about it… 1st date, or festival fling, school dance, whatever scenario… the track is not too fast (but perfect melody for all forms of mixes), it’s joyful and upbeat. All the ingredients needed to lock lips with new bae (or forever bae – IDK where you are in your relationship journey).
The ‘Glass Mansion’ tour will kick off early August and hit 33 major cities. Tickets are now on sale here: http://www.elephantemusic.com/ and you can find dates and cities listed in the pic above.
Alright alright!! Here’s something exiting! We’re giving away a pair of 3-Day GA tickets to this year North Coast Music Festival. The lineup is sick! and I just couldn’t resist not treating a lucky pair to an amazing weekend! So Follow these three easy steps to enter for a chance to win:
BONUS POINTS: Share the post on your socials and tag @raanntmag & @northcoastfest.
That’s it!!! Pretty easy. I will announce the winner Friday, August 17th on Instagram. The more entries, the higher chances you’ll have to win!!!!! NCMF 2018 is going to be epic and I’m excited to share it with 2 of you!!!!
Tickets are still available here: https://www.northcoastfestival.com and to keep up with all NCMF info follow them on Instagram, twitter, Snapchat and like them on Facebook.
NOTHING BUT LOVES for this one. I was obsessed, still am, when ‘No Place’ came out and this video is literally making me fall in love all over again.
I was introduced to RÜFUS DU SOL last year, it’s been the best love affair of my life. Their music is full of romantic melodies, upbeat tempos, incredible percussion, and soul. The type that makes you feel all the good vibes music should make you feel. Adding to the vibes is the ever growing tour these guys are embarking on. I for one, really want to go to the Chicago and last Las Vegas dates… or if I could just be a groupie and hit the road with them, I would. Check out the list of dates below and you can purchase your RÜFUS DU SOL experience here.
As much as I want summer to last forever, I also want November to get here as fast as possible… Well, only the weekend of November 9th. Specially after the official announcement of EDC Orlando’s 2 day festival lineup.
Over 50 incredible DJs will grace the EDCO stages while the grounds feature their classic amusement rides for us all to enjoy.
Tickets for EDC Orlando are currently available here beginning at $189 for General Admission and $359 for VIP passes. My advice, go VIP… the restrooms alone makes the extra $ worth it. Not to mention the viewing decks, EXTRA SPACE TO DANCE, bars, AAANNNDD short lines. Think of it this way, it’s an investment in your memories and fun time. You’re welcome.