Heatwave Music Festival takes over Chicago this weekend, July 16 & 17 with a fully immersive, pop-art inspired event, bridging the gap between experiential art and globally leading dance music performances.The event, put on by Chicago’s leading force in live music events, Auris Presents, debuts in the Windy City at Douglass Park (1401 S Sacramento Dr, Chicago, IL 60623).
Since the world shaping works of Warhol’s Campbell Soup Cans and Lichtenstein’s Crying Girl, pop-art has always been about harnessing the power of mass-culture to turn the images of the moment on their head. Heatwave aims to tip its hat to this moment in time by creating a music-meets-art landscape of installations and environments to explore. The debut event will feature some of dance music’s most celebrated stars like Group Therapy and Anjuna powerhouse Above & Beyond, Swedish hitmakers Galantis, hip-hop influenced producer RL Grime, global superstar TIËSTO, and Canadian bass music kings Zeds Dead.
Heatwave will welcome a full range of visual artists and creatives set to adorn Douglass Park with areas for attendees to get lost in. Highlights include DREAM with ME by Laura Kimpton and mural art by the artist Pretty Done. The festival will feature interactive installations throughout the grounds including a pop-art inspired statue garden, large puppetry from Ellie Terrell (previously with Moonlight Studios) and various photo opportunities leaving attendees feeling as if they’re immersed in a pop-art utopia.
Larger than life house inspired sounds will be on full display at Heatwave from the illustrious Oliver Heldens, Grammy-nominated Audien, South African live duo Goldfish, hitmaker Frank Walker, rising star MADDS, and sultry Counter Records signee Kasbo playing a DJ set. Billing continues with Endless Summer: Sam Feldt B2B Jonas Blue, Matoma, Borgeous, and more.
The deeper end of electronic music’s mainstage sound continues with scene leaders like G Jones, Ekali, Blunts & Blondes, and Boombox Cartel, paired with the rap crossover stylings of Lost Kings and Yellow Claw. Bass and tech house continues its meteoric rise at Heatwave as it welcomes superstars like J. Worra, Dr. Fresch, Shiba San, and Westend to its art-clave paradise.
Heatwave will welcome a full range of to be announced visual artists and creatives set to adorn Douglass Park with areas for attendees to get lost in. These reality altering experiential elements set Heatwave apart as the most exciting addition to Chicago’s dance music calendar. The event will be led by the team behind Auris Presents, the reigning tastemakers of Chicago’s dance music and immersive festival community, and team behind Chicago live music and entertainment venues RADIUS, Concord Music Hall, PRYSM and more.
If you still wish to attend it’s not too late! You can sign-up to be the first to get their festival passes at the Heatwave Music Festival website. For a full look at the Heatwave Music Festival Lineup, check out the IG post below.
Or, to. catch them in ABC Order:
Blunts & Blondes
Endless Summer: Sam Feldt B2B Jonas Blue
Kasbo (DJ Set)
Phantoms (DJ Set)
Rome in Silver
Win & Woo
Featured Image Credit: Luke Deakin