A look at the 2022 North Coast Music Festival

Photo Credit: North Shore Music Festival Website


Check out one of Chicago’s most sought-after electronic music festivals, North Coast, which returns Labor Day weekend.


There’s no better way to end a great summer in Chicago than to catch sets from some of the biggest names in dance music. Returning to Stadium SeatGeek on September 2-4, North Coast brings a stacked range and six unique steps. The festival strives to create a sensory experience, not only through music and production, but also with interactive installations. Featuring a stadium, a full practice dome and seven full pitches covered in padded turf, Coasties has the luxury of not having to deal with the muddy pitches of a festival.

Excitement is in the air now that the north coast is approaching in just a few weeks. Whether you’re a Coastie veteran, first-year attendee, or struggling to get a ticket, we want to make sure you know exactly what awaits or could be. With musical acts ranging from nominee to grammy house FISHERMAN at Swedish death presenting Voyd, There is something for everyone. Not to mention the long list of massive installs and all.

North Coast has a limited number of remaining tickets, so be sure to get them before they’re gone if you haven’t already through their website!

Take a look at the 2022 North Coast Music Festival

North Coast Music Festival
Photo Credit: North Shore Music Festival

Six unique scenographies

North Coast brings the saying “go big or go home” to life with their stage production. Let’s start with the main stage, aka the stadium scene. On the stadium stage, you can watch some of electronic music’s biggest acts, including Armin Van Buuren, Chami x Malaaand Porter Robinson. With stadium seating and plenty of floor space, attendees have the option to sit or rage in the pit. Finally, the main stage acts also end an hour before the other stages, allowing the Coasties to catch other acts, something not often seen at music festivals.

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Stadium stage, photo credit: North Shore Music Festival

The second stage, known as The Canopy, is where house music shines. The awning was designed to block out the sun, rain, and anything that might surprisingly fall from the sky. With FISHERMAN, Diplomaand Kaytranada headliner, this stage will be heaven for shufflers. Need a dance break? There is a bar located next door for your refreshments.

North Coast - The Canopy
North Shore – The Canopy, Photo Credit: North Shore Music Festival

The third stage is where bass music thrives. The Vega, has a tower design that ensures all Coasties have the ultimate viewing experience. With LED panels spanning all five towers, there is an unobstructed view. Some of the biggest names in bass music will take the stage, including Rusko, Subtronics, opticsand Marauda, just to name a few. The Vega is the go-to place for headbangers.

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The Vega, Photo Credit: North Coast Music Festival

The Incendia fireplace is a new addition to the North Coast stages. One of the most memorable spaces for showcasing talent, the Incendia Stage has been seen at large-scale events such as Okeechobee and Burning Man. Often hosting late night sets, the stage will light up your soul and host some of the best b2bs. The Incendia will host many familiar Chicago performers, including Ashton, Sagzand jakeshoredrive.

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The Fire Pit, Photo credit: Experience Incendia website

The fifth stage, and one of the favorites on the north coast, is the silent disco. Silent Disco takes the music experience to a whole new level as you have to grab headphones to hear the music. Some artists you won’t want to miss at Silent Disco include Down, Crysusand deep smith. Without forgetting that there will be three hours Sherm set of b2b special guests. So grab your headphones and tune into Silent Disco.

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Silent Disco, Photo Credit: North Coast Music Festival

The last step is a new addition to the existing cold dome. This North Coast specialty will host LoFi, downtempo and chillhop all weekend. While not technically a stage, it’s an experience in itself and it’s taken to the next level this year with beatmakers, producers and DJs adding their spice. Artists you can find in the Chill Dome include Sky Company, Tim Zawadaand Matt Wyser. The Chill Dome is an indoor training ground transformed into a fascinating escape. This dark, laser-lit dome is the perfect place to relax and enjoy the air conditioning. With cushions covering the grass floor, it’s the perfect place to relax.

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The Chill Dome, Photo Credit: North Coast Music Festival

North Coast Experiences

Now that we’ve gone through the steps, that brings us to larger-than-life experiences on the North Shore. Nervous about losing your friends? Use the Temple of Intent as an ideal meeting place. With a secret mirror room inside, groups can get lost together. Then warm up your body before dancing the night away with Deep House Yoga. Offered daily from 2-3 p.m. on the Silent Disco stage, DJ Alissa Joe and instructor Emily Blackwell will guide attendees through a musical stream.

There are experiences from past years that have not been confirmed for North Shore 2022 and that keeps us on our toes. The Rainbow living room which was located next to the Canopy Stage, is both an art installation and a lounge with hammocks. Plus, it’s another space for Coasties to get up and enjoy the music around them. A few other unconfirmed experiences include In the fog, sky fields, Zephyrs, and The to cancel.

Be on the lookout North Coast Updates as we get closer to the festival and prepare for a weekend of music, experiences and dancing!

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The Rainbow Lounge, Photo Credit: North Shore Music Festival

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Gerald R. Schneider