Today, Auris Presents, Chicago’s leading force in live music events, announced the first Heatwave Music Festival. Heatwave will take over Chicago on July 16-17 with a fully immersive pop-art inspired event, bridging the gap between experiential art and world-class dance music performances.
From 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 subvert the images of the moment. Heatwave aims to tip its hat to this moment by creating a musical and artistic landscape of installations and environments to explore.
The first event will feature some of dance music’s most famous stars like Group Therapy and Anjuna powerhouse Above & Beyond, Swedish hitmakers Galantis, hip-hop influenced producer RL Grime, global superstar TIËSTO and Canadian kings from Zeds Dead bass music.
Larger-than-life house-inspired sounds will be on display at Heatwave from the illustrious Grammy-nominated Audien Oliver Heldens, South African live duo Goldfish, hitmaker Frank Walker, rising star MADDS and the sultry signee of Counter Records Kasbo playing a DJ set. The billing continues with Endless Summer: Sam Feldt B2B Jonas Blue, Matoma, Borgeous, and more.
The deeper end of the mainstream electronic music sound continues with scene leaders like G Jones, Ekali, Blunts & Blondes and Boombox Cartel paired with the crossover rapping styles of Lost Kings and Yellow Claw.
Bass and tech house continue their meteoric rise at Heatwave as they welcome superstars like J. Worra, Dr. Fresch, Shiba San and Westend to their art haven.
Heatwave will host a full lineup of visual artists and creatives who will be announced to decorate Douglass Park with areas for attendees to get lost in. These experiential, reality-altering elements make Heatwave 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 the team behind Chicago’s live music and entertainment venues RADIUS , Concord Music Hall, PRYSM and more.
Attendees can register to be the first to get their festival pass at https://heatwavemusicfestival.com. General tickets go on sale May 13 with payment plans available now.
Heatwave Music Festival Lineup:
Above and Beyond, Galantis, RL Grime, Tiësto, Zeds Dead
In ABC order:
Blunts & Blondes
Endless Summer: Sam Feldt B2B Jonas Blue
Kasbo (DJ set)
Ghosts (DJ Set)
Rome in silver
Earn and woo