Five things found on the ground at Spring Awakening Day 2
With the ground no longer vibrating beneath our feet and the beats done reverberating in our brains, it’s time for the Spring Awakening Day 2 round-up. With sets from Paul Oakenfold, Zeds Dead, Lucky Date and more, we could tell you about each set, each scream and each smile, but instead we’ve opted to tell you about the night based on what was left behind. We give you five things found on the ground at Spring Awakening this past Saturday.
1. A pink poncho
With a rainy morning and a thunderstorm promised for the evening, many fans broke the no-umbrella policy and brought in rain gear Saturday. One such fan either forgot about the forecast or decided they would risk it, as a pink poncho was found crumpled in the boundary between general admission and VIP during Nicky Romero’s Main Stage set. When the sky opened up around 10:30 during Bassnectar’s headlining performance, the pink poncho-less fan had two options: flee under the stadium’s overhang or leave themselves at the mercy of some very wet bass.
2. “Trapped” kandi
We found a pink purple and green kandi with dangle letters spelling out “trapped” at the Drive Tent during 12th Planet’s set, either flung there or forgotten. Though the LA producer did throw down the trap sound during his set, the highlights may have been what was seen instead of heard. Popping up on decks in front of a video loop of 12th Planet’s face was Carnage, and a few songs after his cameo was complete, Protohype jumped in to debut his new track “Count Down.” If the kandi and the camraderie are any indication, the trance fam may have competition from the trap fam; while they may not spout P.L.U.R, it seemed everyone at the Drive Tent woke up in a new Bugatti.
3. A five-year-old girl
Ok, ok, she wasn’t alone. This adorable little girl was on the ground in her father’s lap, taking in the sights and sounds of the Equinox Stage. While her dad seemed more into Gramatik’s twang, Nervo’s appearance on stage definitely got her attention, their bubbly energy causing her to clap her kandi-clad hands. While Chicago regularly sees children in various states of enjoyment at all-ages fests, we’re using this girl’s appearance as a PSA: Parents, give your children earplugs. You may not think you need them, but they sure as hell do.
4. A couple of couples
After winning the heart of the aforementioned little girl, Nervo went on to win another challenge: breaking some sort of record for number of girls on guys shoulders. After encouraging every single guy to prop a girl up at the end of their set, (“I see 30 and I want to see 50!” Mim piped in) not every guy was up to the task, and at least one toppled over, girl in tow. Mishaps aside, the girls deemed the record broken and Chicago loved for it. Photos were taken, smiles shared, girls lowered, and it was time for Zedd.
5. A used firecracker
Aside from fireworks above the stadium there are no pyrotechnics at Spring Awakening. Until there are. Somewhere between a Wu Tang and Bob Marley sample in Wolfgang Gartner’s Main Stage set, an enthused fan shoved a fist with a lit firecracker into the air, sending sparks flying and potentially burning some hair. Though the display was much shorter than the evening’s headlining fireworks display, the effect was appreciable, as oohs and ahs rippled through the crowd. No fires were reported.