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North Coast Preview: The Five Most Anticipated Sets

Words by Timo Mitchel


North Coast is this weekend and that means we’re nerding out, drinking beers and arguing over who’s set will reign supreme. Here’s 5 of our most anticipated sets the upcoming Chi-town get-down.


Purity Ring

This Canadian duo captures your ear as they blend beauty and beats seamlessly with an originality unlike anything you’ve heard before. The entrancing lyrics of Megan James are matched by the intrinsic sounds Corin Roddick demands from his custom synthesizer. Oh, by the way, he also has a hand in the lighting during their live performance. Chicago boasts an appearance from the band in between a full slate of summer North American tour dates highlighted by Coachella and Austin City Limits Festival.


Lucky for us, North Coast has outdone itself with jamtronica this year. Lotus will be the one of the best sets of the entire festival, as they are at every festival they appear at. This show will climax multiple times with an overpowering vivacity throughout their performance, and every living being within ear shot of their speakers will be erupting with emotion. Scream for more, because they’ve got it.


Big Gigantic (with Aloe Blacc)

Both of these two stand alone as two of the most intriguing sets of the festival, but the inevitable collaboration for “I Need a Dollar” on Saturday night will be a once in a lifetime moment. Sax and Soul will meet Drums and Bass during this three minutes and forty-four seconds of bliss. Don’t let me oversell you on one song though. Big Gigantic’s Dominic Lalli fuses a Manhattan School of Music education on the saxophone with the overpowering bass scene of his generation. Colorado, STAND UP! [soundcloud url=”″ params=”” width=” 100%” height=”450″ iframe=”true” /]


It’s hard to contain my excitement when I imagine the energy AlunaGeorge will envelop in Union Park. Since exploding on to the scene via their collaboration with Disclosure on “White Noise,” the duo from London show no signs of slowing down. Their debut album “Body Music” will have the dance floors shaking for the foreseeable future. Funky dance moves welcomed and encouraged from six to seven at the North Stage.

disco biscuits

The Disco Biscuits

There’s a reason the Disco Biscuits have been performing for over fifteen years. There’s a reason they have their own festival. They are the pioneers of their genre. This combination of raw talent and vision has yielded the jamtronica scene we enjoy today. Zoogma, Lotus, and even STS9 must all pay homage to the sounds of The Disco Biscuits. The lights and sounds of this set will match and most likely outdo anything you’ve ever seen in the scene.


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