Auris Presents is back with its second year of ARC Music Festival at Union Park in Chicago, and the lineup features another world-class mix of house and techno.
ARC Music Festival had a memorable inaugural year over Labor Day Weekend 2021. We’re just days away from the second edition of ARC Music Festival in Chicago, and this year features some of the best names house and techno have to offer.
ARC Music Festival’s schedule runs from 2-10 PM each day and features four stages of electronic music. Auris Presents is bringing an eclectic mix of internationally touring DJs alongside emerging artists and local Chicago talent. ARC Music Festival tickets and ARC After Dark afterparty tickets are still available, and our top five can’t-miss acts are listed below.
ARC Music Festival Set Times
Richie Hawtin, Friday 8:30-10, Expansions Stage
Richie Hawtin is globally recognized as a leading force in techno and dance music. He is constantly pushing the boundaries musically as well as technologically, bringing his minimal and industrial sound to stages worldwide.
As one of the pioneers of techno during its emergence in early ‘90s Detroit, he is still considered a major influence in the scene. Expect Richie Hawtin to come with yet another innovative and hard-hitting show similar to his headlining set at Movement Detroit earlier this year.
Sama’ Abdulhadi, Friday 5:30-7, Expansions Stage
Known as ‘The Queen of the Palestinian Techno Scene’, Sama’ Abdulhadi is Palestine’s most established DJ and electronic music producer. Her years as an up-and-coming artist in the Beirut music scene molded her sound into the now infamous high octane and punchy techno that we’ve come to expect.
Playing at Germany’s Fusion Festival and Hungary’s Sziget Festival in 2018 put Sama on the map and solidified her as an artist with huge potential. Boasting one of the most watched Boiler Room sets of all time, Sama’ Abdulhadi has arrived on the scene in a big way.
Skream b2b Eats Everything, Friday 7-8:30, Elrow Stage
Many will remember Skream, aka Oliver Jones, as a prolific dubstep producer who was a key part of the genre’s creation in the early 2000’s. Not one to rest on his laurels, Skream moved on from dubstep a few years ago and transitioned into his other love: house and disco.
Skream’s longevity in the scene is a testament to not only his skill as a selector but also his adaptability to new styles of music. The new Skream sound combined with Eats Everything’s house vibe will likely be one of the highlights on the elrow stage.
Honey Dijon, Saturday 8:30-10, Expansions Stage
Born and raised in Chicago, Honey Dijon fully embodies the spirit of the city that created house music. Her influences range from soul and R&B artists played by her parents in the late 70s to her mentors Derrick Carter and Danny Tenaglia when she began DJing in the 90s.
Her sets bring an incredible energy to the dance floor and she is well known for her mixing skills, blending different genres and styles with a deft touch. A house music festival weekend in Chicago is not complete without seeing OG royalty like Honey Dijon.
Ricardo Villalobos, Saturday 5:30-7, Expansions Stage
Famous for his marathon extended sets that routinely push past the 6-hour mark, Ricardo Villalobos has become legendary for his stamina behind the decks. He is well known for his work in the minimal techno and microhouse genres and is considered one of the most significant artists in the minimal techno scene today.
Often touring globally and throughout Europe, it is a rare treat to see him come across the pond. ARC Music Festival is a great opportunity to take advantage of his trip to the States.