Arc. This is the second iteration of the festival, but my first year attending. Let’s call the first year a fluke, as I was too surprised festivals were back to get the funds together to attend. That’s not to say it wouldn’t have been worth it and that I am any less psyched for this year’s return!
September 2nd through the 4th, 2022, Chicago opens her arms to a number of acts, known around the world for their contributions to the world of house, techno, tech-house, and minimal dance music. For those who love house and techno, we start the summer off gathering in Detroit for Movement on Memorial Day weekend, and now we can all revel in the fact that AURIS PRESENTS has handed us the perfect late summer festival for those looking to bookend their wet, hot American dance music summer. Personally, for myself (the person writing this) I am looking forward to the opportunity to look up and see the Chicago skyline while we get loose at Union Park to the following acts.
For those looking to be baptized on the main stage, you won’t want to miss Carl Cox, Get Real and Adam Beyer / Cirez D. For those looking to explore outside the regular scope of big names at big festivals, you won’t want to miss Hiroko Yamamura (Chicago based), Honey Dijon, Mike Dunn, and Loren.
As a love of the finer points of House/Techno/Breaks/Acid/Disco ETC… the stylistic choices of ARC’s festival focus has me very excited to travel from Columbus, OH. The city I live in has a very loyal and connected House/Techno community, but nothing like the scale of Chicago. I never grow tired of festivals, especially those held in cities that have an immense history with the music being presented. The visceral connection to the cement and echoes of the buildings makes it all worth my time and money to make the trip.
According to a lot of ARC’s attendees, last year’s stage layout was set up nicely so that one could experience the litany of bad-ass acts through whatever genre you seek. I noticed a fair share of melodic techno, tech-house mainstays, big-stage techno, minimal (shout out to Ricardo Villalobos), and maybe some non-4/4 stuff. I will be trying to squeeze the life out of my group as we lock in or check out various acts depending on our inventory of interests. Hopefully, we run into some new friends and some old ones as well.
The tickets for ARC are being sold in various tiers so decide what you want out of the festival and adjust your bank accounts accordingly. There is a payment plan for all tiers so even if you haven’t bit the bullet there is still time!
Can’t wait to check this out with all of you!
See you in September!!!