Chicago ARC Music Festival announces complete lineup
Completing the already massive lineup there are Channel Tres (DJ Set), DJ Holographic, Lee Foss, Layton Giordani, Toni Varga, and TSHA
ARC Music Festival flyer 2021
The full lineup for ARC Music Festival has been announced today. ARC will bring a globally curated electronic lineup and immersive experience to Union Park, the birthplace of house music, and is expected to be the new crown jewel of the Chicago festival season.
ARC Music Festival new artists on the lineup
Some of the most in-demand dance music talents have been added to the festival’s lineup. Following a string of huge collaborations with the likes of Tyler The Creator, Tinashe, VanJess, SG Lewis, Robyn, and others, Channel Tres (DJ Set) continues his meteoric rise at the debut event. DJ Holographic, the leader of Detroit’s next generation and a Planet-E mainstay, Repopulate Mars boss Lee Foss, new school Drumcode star Layton Giordani, Elrow’s Toni Varga, and crossover Ninja Tune upstart TSHA round out the ARC lineup.
With the ARC Car Stage powered by The GoodBus, ARC has also revealed a fourth stage environment. The GoodBus is a full-size school bus that has been transformed into a mobile sound stage with a 10,000-watt speaker system. Some of Chicago’s favorite resident DJs, including Alissa.Jo, Alex Kislov, Inphinity, and others, have been added to the stage.
Eric Prydz to perform under all his three alias
These new artists join an already impressive lineup that spans Europe’s basement clubs, the beaches of Ibiza and Tulum, and iconic festival stages around the world. Eric Prydz will take over the city with all three of his well-known projects, making ARC the first event in the world to host all three of his aliases on the same weekend. Eric’s namesake identity, Cirez D’s US festival debut alongside Drumcode legend Adam Beyer, and his progressive house alias Pryda for a sold-out closing party at RADIUS available for purchase by festival-goers only will all perform at the festival.
Modern house music legends FISHER, Patrick Topping, Seth Troxler, Hot Since 82, Camelphat, Meduza, Will Clarke, Mason Maynard, and a special club set by Bob Moses, as well as local heroes Derrick Carter, Gene Farris, DJ Pierre, DJ Heather, and Hiroko Yamamura, will perform at the inaugural festival. Deborah de Luca, Luciano, and Nicole Moudaber will represent the international techno scene, while ZHU will bring his renowned multi-genre live performances to Chicago. On September 4th, ZHU will present his BLACKLIZT project to the city at a special after-party at Radius, which will be open only to festival pass holders.
Elrow returns to North America
With its ‘PSYCHROWDELIC TRIP’ production, renowned Spanish party outfit Elrow will make its North American multi-day festival stage takeover debut at the inaugural edition of ARC. Elrow’s signature stage design, performers, and shenanigans have made it one of the most well-known brands in the world, with bespoke events taking place annually in Barcelona, Ibiza, New York, London, Dubai, Miami, Las Vegas, Sydney, and a slew of other major cities.
ARC will go far beyond music, creating a cutting-edge experience that reflects the host city’s culture and artistry. Attendees can expect to be guided between four immersive stage environments by curated production elements and art. The event will also serve as a showcase of Chicago’s culinary prowess, providing a unique and elevated experience. The newly formed Auris Presents and Loud Crowd teams will lead these efforts, bringing decades of experience from their independent endeavors at Paradigm Presents and elsewhere. Auris and ARC partner venues RADIUS, PRYSM, Concord Music Hall, and others will host intimate after-parties for ARC fans.
It is with brighter days ahead that ARC charts a path forward for dance music’s diverse creeds, offering a much-needed flagship for Chicago and a new marquee date on the international festival calendar.