Few cities will claim to have a feeling, an idea, and a culture as their identity as Chicago can. House music is the city’s contribution to the music world, a sound that has changed form and style as it journeys, breaking down barriers and bringing audiences together. Such is the ethos of ARC Music Festival, a major immersive electronic music experience scheduled to take place in Chicago’s Union Park on Labor Day Weekend 2021, attracting a global audience.
Every atmosphere has had its own enduring influence on the sounds born from the factories of the Midwest, from the basement clubs of Europe to the beaches of Ibiza and Tulum, to legendary festival stages around the world. ARC will serve as a catalyst for electronic music’s diverse scenes and tribes to come together for an immersive and uniquely Chicago experience, marking the birthplace of house music, which, ironically, has yet to be represented on the international festival circuit.
Eric Prydz, one of dance music’s most well-known figures, will take over the city with all three of his acclaimed projects, making ARC the first festival to feature all three of his aliases in a single weekend. Festival-goers will also be treated to festival sets from Eric’s namesake persona, Cirez D‘s US festival debut alongside Drumcode legend Adam Beyer, and his radical house alias Pryda for a closing party at RADIUS exclusively for festival-goers. Prydz’s live performances, which have gone through several iterations under the EPIC umbrella, have been some of the most revered and appreciated in rock, cracking technological barriers and wowing audiences and industry insiders alike.
Global 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 acclaimed multi-genre live shows to Chicago. This eclectic programming will serve as an example of the ARC’s curation, bridging genres and serving as a link between the scene’s contemporary innovators and the city’s founding members of the Danish culture.