ARC Music Festival Drops Initial Lineup for Labor Day Weekend

ARC Music Festival 2021

ARC Music Festival announces a stacked debut lineup featuring Eric Prydz, Adam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, CamelPhat, ZHU, and more.

Chicago will be bringing their history as the home of house music to life on Labor Day Weekend with a brand new multi-day house and techno festival. The newly minted ARC Music Festival is an immersive dance music event that seeks to erase boundaries and bring fans together again after a difficult year of isolated listening. And today, they’ve just announced their initial lineup and we recommend you sit down before reading it over.

Set to take place at Union Park on September 4-5, the heaviest of hitters like Eric Prydz (including all three of his projects – Eric Prydz, Pryda, and Cirez D), Adam Beyer, Nicole Moudaber, The Martinez Brothers, and Hot Since 82 grace the bill. Others including Cristoph, DJ Heather, ZHU, CamelPhat, and Bob Moses appear on the lineup alongside Gene Farris and Seth Troxler. We can’t think of a better calling to return to the dancefloor.

Not only is this ARC’s debut launch, but within the programming are also many first-time music experiences that will drive the appeal of this festival for old house heads and newcomers alike. For example, this will be the first time that Eric Prydz has ever performed all three of his aliases at a single event. This will also be the first time Elrow, the respected Spanish label, will do a multi-day stage takeover in North America. There’s been much talk of this upcoming summer season being a new summer of love, but to us, it feels like a more apt description is that we’re looking ahead to a summer of sound.

Aside from the artists themselves, ARC is also putting its best foot forward in terms of experiential stage and layout design, culinary taste, and engagement with the wider cityscape.

All four stages will be highly immersive, and the curated production elements placed throughout the grounds will subliminally guide festival-goers to their destinations. Led by Auris Presents and Loud Crowd, Chicago’s best culinary flavors will also be showcased at the food stands, and last, attendees can round out their experience by attending intimate pre-parties and after-parties at powerhouse venues like RADIUS and PRYSM. In fact, ARC has added special access incentives for fans to purchase tickets to the festival, including that tickets for the epic closing party hosted by Pryda, Prydz’s progressive house alias, at RADIUS will exclusively be sold to festival-goers only.

Each artist on the lineup is known for more than their released music and discographies, and we hope to see them push boundaries even further beyond what we could have ever imagined. Looking at this festival lineup, only one sentence really comes to mind as perfectly encapsulating the emotions it brings up. Fans of BBC Radio 1 should be all too familiar with this one: “I must have gone to house heaven. Because nothing’s that divine.”

Go to the official website for ARC Music Festival to sign up today for special early access benefits and tickets go on sale to the general public this Thursday, April 15, at 10 am PT/12 pm CT/1 pm ET on the same platform!

ARC Music Festival 2021 Initial Lineup:

ARC Music Festival 2021 – Initial Lineup By Artist:

  • Adam Beyer ◻︎ Cirez D
  • Bob Moses (Club Set)
  • Camelphat
  • Cristoph
  • Deborah de Luca
  • Derrick Carter
  • DJ Heather
  • DJ Pierre
  • Eli & Fur
  • Eric Prydz
  • Gene Farris
  • Hiroko Yamamura
  • Hot Since 82
  • Idriss D
  • Luciano
  • Luttrell
  • Mason Maynard
  • Mathame
  • Meduza
  • Nicole Moudaber
  • Patrick Topping
  • Seth Troxler
  • Steve Gerard
  • The Martinez Brothers
  • Will Clarke
  • ZHU
  • And more to be announced.

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A slave to the rave for nearly a decade now, Jennifer's passion for electronic music originally stemmed from her roots as a basshead and has since spread to all genres that make up the scene. In particular, she is drawn to styles of music with grittier basslines, textured sonic elements, and clean production. Inspired by her diverse exposure to dance music culture spanning from her first Coachella, Southern California desert parties, events in Berlin and Amsterdam superclubs, and highly regarded international festivals such as Dimensions Festival (Croatia) and Bass Coast (Canada), she brings a nuanced and critical perspective to all things electronic music and events. An attorney by day with a specialization in music business issues and a recent JD from Harvard Law, she can also be found in and around the Los Angeles nightlife scene - running sound and lighting for events through her production company, curating local showcases and spinning signature sets under her moniker "Party Fowl".

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