Third time’s a charm for ARC Music Festival, as they’ll bring another stellar lineup of artists spanning house and techno to Union Park in Chicago’s backyard.
ARC Music Festival is quickly solidifying itself as a force to be reckoned with on the festival circuit, similar to what we’ve seen with other up-and-coming house and techno festivals like Seismic Dance Event. While it may not yet have the pedigree of festivals like Movement or CRSSD, ARC is certainly well on its way to achieving that kind of following with its consistency since its debut in 2021.
The festival will again be held at Union Park on Labor Day Weekend for its third iteration. With other Chicago festivals having opted to move their venues to the suburbs, it’s nice to see Auris Presents committed to staying in the city for a proper experience befitting the house and techno scene. After seeing the lineup, it’s clear they only continue to build on their success from year two.
ARC Music Festival 2023 Lineup
ARC Music Festival managed to live up to the hype in its second year, but will they repeat it a third time in 2023?
The lineup features some of the heavy hitters we’ve come to expect from the booking team at Auris such as Boris Brejcha, Fisher, Peggy Gou, and Adam Beyer. While there’s certainly no shortage of star power, the standout has to be HOLO, Eric Prydz’s world-famous auditory and sensory experience widely regarded as one of the most visually stunning touring shows to date. ARC has made quite the statement with probably their biggest booking so far.
Not only that, but they have also still made room for some of Chicago’s finest hometown DJs including Derrick Carter, DJ Heather, Colette, Hiroko Yamamura, Gene Farris, and DJ Lady D. In such a dynamic city like Chicago, the staying power of legends in the local scene is a testament to their craft as artists and DJs.
It’s hard to stay original and unique in today’s hyper corporatized festival climate. ARC has managed to overcome this with a slew of back-to-back sets that should cater to even the most seasoned festival goers.
The variety they’ve managed to come up with is quite exciting. On one end of the spectrum you have the more melodic and progressive side of things with Carlita b2b Chloe Caillet and Cristoph b2b Franky Wah. Then you have Detroit icons in Carl Craig b2b Moodyman and international superstars like Dixon x Ame. Moving into the harder and darker genres with Ilario Alcante b2b Dennis Cruz and Mall Grab b2b Kettama we see that there’s a little bit for everyone going on with these sets. Back to back sets are always exciting because you never really know what you’re going to get and there’s potential for some incredible vibes if the chemistry is right.
It doesn’t get much more anticipated than one of the more star-studded collaborations we’ve seen so far: Fisher b2b Loco Dice b2b Nic Fanciulli. All three being world-renowned artists in their own right, it’s going to be interesting to see how they mesh together and what kind of set is in store for us.
ARC Music Festival tickets are on sale now.
While ARC is just a few years old, it’s already established itself as one of the top house and techno events in North America. The festival is only set to grow in 2023, and Chicago is the place to be this Labor Day Weekend once again.
Author: Nik Sjoberg