Music festivals unite people from all walks of life to savor a potpourri of sound, unlike potpourri festivals, which almost always end in a pleasant-smelling riot. Shake hips peacefully with this GrouponLive deal for the North Coast Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago. For $62, you get one three-day pass for general admission, valid Friday, August 31–Sunday, September 2 (up to a $123.71 value, including all fees).
The musical melting pot of the third annual North Coast Music Festival boils over the sprawling greens of Union Park, spilling out three days of euphony to bid summer adieu. As with the last two years' celebrations, this year features an all-star cornucopia of electronic dance music, hip-hop acts, jam bands, and indie rockers, with many headlining acts soon to be announced.
As the monstrous roster gels, the confirmed lineup for the 2012 hootenanny so far includes Denver's Pretty Lights, whose electronic riffs inspire frenzied dance and robot-building montages, and Van Ghost, whose recently released EP showcases the sounds of the five-piece band. Axwell of Swedish House Mafia repeals party prohibition with his tommy-gun turntables, and Big Boi of Outkast fame and indie hip-hop heroes Atmosphere dropkick rhymes through the goalposts of lingual dexterity. Dance-punk rabble rousers The Rapture and Dan Deacon loosen limbs with their unhinged stage spectacles, readying audiences for digital wranglers and dubstep sensei such as Steve Aoki.
As the masses twist and stomp from stage to stage, they can seek refuge from open skies at the Groupon Silent Disco Dome, where up to 200 people savor a rotating cast of DJs as they mix genres throughout the day. North Coast's additional artists and final schedule—both to be announced—can be viewed by refreshing the festival's home page, subscribing to its mailing list, or hiring the services of a time traveler.