To All The Boys I Loved At North Coast

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We’re a good two weeks removed from North Coast Music Festival, summer’s proverbial “last stand”. I had the pleasure of going this year all weekend. The weather might have not been great, but the acts were. Sadly the festival line-up was a tad male heavy, not a lot of love to the female acts. But if you’re boy crazy then the performers, mixed with the sweltering heat, makes for a great time. An endless supply of free drinks in the VIP section also helped matters.

I went into North Coast with no agenda or real expectations. I wanted to hear some artists I was unfamiliar with. As well as see Miguel, Friday’s headliner, and Mura Masa, who would be playing on Sunday. Things did not go as smoothly as I hoped. The festival was evacuated early on Friday before Miguel even went on stage and similarly on Saturday before DJ Snake’s headlining set. But I was still going to make the most out the weekend!

But what ended up happening was me falling for and crushing hard on most of the acts I saw. So in the same vein as Lara Jean Covey from To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before I have decided to write a blog post for these intense crushes.  Continue reading “To All The Boys I Loved At North Coast”

Are You Ready For Summer’s Last Stand?

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Photo courtesy of Marque Magazine

North Coast Music Festival is the unofficial farewell party to summer and welcome into fall and the new semester. The festival is the perfect blend of rising artists and established artists performing for a post-Lollapalooza crowd over three days.

NCMF returns for its ninth year. Taking place in Union Park from August 31st to September 2nd, and the 2018 lineup is stacked and the headliners are going to cap off their respective days with a bang.

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Coastin’ At North Coast (A NCMF 2014 Recap)

I’ve never been to a music festival before so you can bet that I was really excited when I got the opportunity to be a photographer at North Coast Music Festival this year.

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(North Coast Music Festival 2014)

For those of you who don’t know, North Coast Music Festival (or NCMF) is a music festival that is held annually on the last weekend of August. The music festival is located in Union Park right off of the Ashland CTA train stop in Chicago. North Coast just celebrated it’s fifth anniversary this summer. The festival lasts for three days and it highlights a wide variety of known and unknown musical acts, featuring genres such as rap, indie, reggae, instrumental, and EDM. I didn’t know what to expect when I went to North Coast, but let me just tell you, I had a blast!

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Claude Vonstroke, Purity Ring at NCMF

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 It’s been a crazy and awesome week here at UIC.
Today the UIC Radio crew set out to rock out the Quad at today’s Involvement Fair East. For those of you who came out and enjoyed the nice weather, delicious nachos and funnel cakes– I’m sure we can agree that it was a pretty damn awesome event. What’s best is that we had people coming up to the booth rappin’, dancin’ and showing off some vocal skills all for the price of a Spark in the Park shirt! 

As mentioned last week, we had a UIC Radio representative hit up North Coast Music Festival to check out the buzz. Because I’m a big fan of Detroit House and Deep House I had to check out the Last Stand Stage for the big man Claude Vonstroke! 
Now here’s a guy who put out a cool show without having to jump around, get off stage and surf the crowd. NOPE, Vonstroke keeps it cool by just playing some damn cool tunes. 
After catching up with Vonstroke we set out to watch the last of Purity Ring‘s set. For those of you unfamiliar with Purity Ring, just imagine a modern Blondie with a cool electronic twist. Like most artist you can’t expect a live performance to match the recorded and studio produced product, but this wasn’t the case. Purity Ring held the same performance as their studio work of course with the flamboyant flare of a live performance. While listening to There’s a chilling sensation after watching Megan James bang the huge drum in the middle of the stage. And of course Corin Roddick had an important role as the electronic percussionist flashing high and low plosive sounds into the airwaves.
Very Nice!
-Memo