Although Thomas Edison invented the light bulb and the phonograph, it never occurred to him to mix lights and music because he wasn’t very smart. Electrify your senses with this GrouponLive deal to the Spring Awakening Music Festival at Soldier Field. For $114, you get one ticket for general admission on all three days of the festival, taking place Friday, June 14, through Sunday, June 16, from 4 p.m.—11 p.m. on Friday and 12 p.m.—11 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday (up to a $174.50 value, including all fees).
In the shadow of Soldier Field, the Spring Awakening Music Festival returns to lob pulsing electronic beats off the stadium's iconic Doric columns, igniting a three-day dance party propelled by hard-hitting beats and lakeshore breezes. At last year’s inaugural festival, which featured Skrillex and Afrojack, more than 50,000 people flocked to the electronic dance-music mecca like moths to a glow stick. This year’s festival––expanded to three days, four stages, and 100 global artists––is poised to balloon that attendance record to 75,000, with early-bird tickets selling out in a blink. With Bassnectar and Calvin Harris committed as headliners in 2013’s first wave of announced performers, throngs of fans will be able to enjoy music that has defied genres, broken boundaries, and startled countless sleeping horses. Bassnectar’s one-man amusement park of amorphous low-end, dubstep gymnastics and _2001: A Space Odyssey_–shaming special effects have made him one of the top ticket sellers in the nation and have spawned a fervent following of “Bass Heads.” Grammy-nominated house-music powerhouse Calvin Harris creates soundscapes that have enthralled dance clubs around the world and have attracted such high-profile collaborators as Rihanna and Ke$ha. Also performing are 12th Planet, ATB, Boys Noize, Break Science, Chuckie, Excision, Figure, Flosstradamus, Gramatik, Krewella, Lucky Date, Minnesota, Mord Fustang, Nervo, Nicky Romero, Porter Robinson, Robbie Rivera, Tommy Trash, Walden, Wolfgang Gartner, Zedd, and Zeds Dead.
Recap of 2012’s Spring Awakening Festival
Designed by Chicago architects Holabird & Roche, Soldier Field flung open its gates for visitors on October 9, 1924, under the name Grant Park Municipal Stadium. After adopting its current alias in 1925, Soldier Field hosted the 1926 Army-Navy Game, sheltered the famed Jack Dempsey and Gene Tunney heavyweight rematch of 1927, and presented the first-ever nu-disco concert in 1928. The venue has gone on to host an impressive array of guests during its nearly 90-year history, from President Franklin Roosevelt and the first Special Olympic Games to the Chicago Bears and The Rolling Stones.
Snaking along the south courtyard's walls, the Grand Concourse is lined with medal-embedded benches commemorating the service of American military personnel. The golden channel of memorial benches finally culminates at a World War I–era Doughboy statue crafted from sheet metal and cast bronze. On the north end, the green granite Memorial Waterfall continuously flows in memory of U.S. armed-service members and to the delight of the wild salmon attempting to flow up its 280-foot-long wall.