10 can’t miss acts at Chicago’s North Coast Music FestivalNCMF

10 can’t miss acts at Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival

With festival season coming to a close Chicago’s North Coast Music Festival is here to help finish off summer the right way. Bearing the nickname of ‘Summer’s Last Stand’, North Coast lives up to hype with it’s incredibly diverse lineup.

Touting a lineup with everything from Snoop Dogg to STS9 North Coast has something for everyone. Dancing Astronaut is here to help you make those tough decisions that you may face when planning your schedule. Keep reading to see the 10 sets you cannot miss at North Coast and let’s give summer one last stand!

10. Ookay

To kick off our list we have Ookay. After his monstrous b2b set with Kennedy Jones at Electric Daisy Carnival earlier this summer, Ookay makes his way to North Coast. With his incredibly diverse music selection and knack for near flawless mixing, the young California native is guaranteed to have the entire crowd up and partying.

Set Time: Sunday at the ‘847 stage’ from 6:15-7:15

9. Milk N Cookies

Being one of Chicago’s favorite acts is quite a task to live up to, but twin brothers Paul & James McElwain don’t shy away from the task. After their huge performance on the mainstage at Spring Awakening Music Festival, Milk N Cookies will most certainly follow up in a big way with their signature style of deep house infused bounce.

Set Time: Saturday at the ‘630 stage’ from 2:30-3:30

8. Alesso

With hit release after hit release Alesso‘s feel good festival sets are no secret. The entire set you will be caught dancing and singing along to classics like ‘City Of Dreams’ and ‘Calling. In the midst of the production of his debut album the young Swede makes his way to Union Park and will undoubtedly be dropping some new material for your listening pleasure. 

Set Time: Friday at the ‘630 stage’ from 8:45-10:00

7. Kid Cudi

Sure Kid Cudi is a Hip-Hop artist, but at the end of the day the Crookers remix of Day N Nite was absolutely huge for dance music. With 5 studio albums under his belt and multiple tours, you can be sure that Cudi will not disappoint.

Set Time: Saturday at the ‘312 stage’ from 9:00-10:00


With zero lack of live flair in his sets, we have GRiZ. Bringing his signature electro-soul to the playing field, GRiZ never disappoints. Almost a year removed from his latest album Rebel Era, the 23 year old musician/producer is bound to have some new material to showcase at North Coast.

Set Time: Sunday at the ‘630 stage’ from 6:45-7:45

5. Chet Faker

Australian producer Chet Faker is well known for his signature extremely laid-back tunes. With his incredibly soothing vocals and melodic beats this will surely be a set that will have you grooving the entire time. Be sure to listen for his famed collaboration with fellow Australian Flume by the title of Drop The Game which has racked up an impressive 7.3 million plays in just 9 months.

Set Time: Friday at the ‘312 stage’ from 4:30-5:30

4. Cashmere Cat

Bringing his signature hip-hop infused future bass is none other than Cashmere Cat. The producer/turntablist from Norway come fresh off the heels of his latest EP, Wedding Bells which was absolutely phenomenal. If you are looking for something other than what you are used to hearing, this is the set to go to.

Set Time: Saturday at the ‘630 stage’ from 6:45-7:45

3. Adventure Club

In the past couple of years Adventure Club‘s careers have skyrocketed. This is by no mistake. Christain Srigley and Leighton James have made themselves extremely well know for their beautiful melodic dubstep. From their classic hits like their ‘Crave You’ remix and their  ‘Lullabies’ remix to their newer remix of ‘Shadow of the Sun’ Adventure Club never wavers from their production quality. The same goes for their DJ sets, with flawless transitions and incredible track selection, Adventure Club will surely bring you a special set.

Set Time: Saturday at the ‘630 stage’ from 7:45-8:45

2. Keys N Krates

In an industry where people are desperately looking for something different, Keys N Krates delivers. With a live-set unlike any other, the trio of Adam Tune, Dave Matisse, and Jr. Flo bring their instrumental hybrid trap to North Coast. With their ‘Every Nite’ EP on the way, you should definitely keep your ears open for some unreleased tracks.

Set Time: Friday at the ‘847 stage’ from 6:00-7:00

1. What So Not

What do you get when two Australian superstars join forces? You get What So Not. Comprised of Emoh Instead and Flume, What So Not brings their own style of future music and chill-trap.The style itself is truly unprecedented in the industry making What So Not a must see act. 

Set Time: Friday at the ‘630 stage’ from 5:30-6:30


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