Untz Untz at ARC Festival

If you’re a fan of the untz untz, then ARC Music Festival is where you need to be. This is Chicago’s flagship house and techno festival and they have initiated the initial artist lineup for 2023! The festival takes place September 1st-3rd at Union Park. Chicago is where the festivals are at this Labor Day Weekend! The first year was two days and last year it grew to three. As a result, the festival has cemented itself as a fan-favorite in the global festival circuit, continuing to bring international talent to the home of house music! 


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ARC has spent the past three years cementing its legacy in Chicago by digging into the rich cultural history of the city. Chicago is full of world-class artists and the festival is bringing some of the biggest names in house and techno. 

The lineup is stacked on stacked on stacked!!! This includes the likes of ARC mainstay Eric Prydz who returns this year with his iconic HOLO show, Adam Beyer who also makes his individual return following last year’s monumental back to back with Prydz’ Cirez D alias, titanic Afterlife leaders Tale Of Us, and the homecoming of John Summit for his first festival headline set in Chicago.

Chicago icons and house music architects Derrick CarterGene FarrisColletteDJ Heather, and DJ Lady D, who fall in line alongside techno stalwart Hiroko Yamamura and Detroit pioneers Carl CraigMoodymann, and DJ Minx.

That isn’t all though, because the lineup isn’t done yet! Additional highlights include Grammy Award-winning South African artist Black Coffee, unifying musical figure The Blessed Madonna, South Korea’s music-fashion globetrotter Peggy Gou, the energetic party leader FISHER, German FCKNG SERIOUS label head Boris Brejcha, Innervisions label heads Dixon and Âme, and the return of legendary UK mainstage originator Fatboy Slim following last year’s Elrow stage triumph.

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Up next are modern house favorites will be in full force starting with Brazilian breakouts Vintage Culture and Mochakk, Knee Deep label boss Hot Since 82, Trick founder Patrick Topping, Spanish standouts Wade and Dennis Cruz, the smooth styling Loco Dice, the hometown return of Repopulate Mars owner Lee Foss, UK house export Sam Divine, and Grammy-nominated Saved Records owner Nic Fanciulli. Also among the billing is groove-heavy house duo Walker & Royce, Turkish-Italian DJ Carlita, and Parisian icon Chloé Caillet.

ARC has also enlisted global techno heavy hitters including multifaceted Russian selector Nina Kraviz, N:S:DA label head Anfisa Letyago, Italian DJ and producer Ilario Alicante, and emerging star Eli Brown. For an eclectic mix of styles look no further than the forward-thinking curations of Boys Noize, while progressive house sensations Miss Monique and Cristoph, and hybrid techno producer Kevin de Vries dip into the more melodic flavors.


The meteoric Aussie export Mall Grab joins some of the scene’s foremost risers like Ireland’s Steel City Dance Disc mainstay KETTAMA, South African house DJ and producer Themba, Utrecht-based production duo Tinlicker, and emergent UK DJ and producer Fleur Shore to round out the phase one lineup.

One unique thing about ARC is that there are tons of back to back sets taking place throughout the week. Groove to some huge tastemakers such as Fisher b2b Loco Dice b2b Nic Fanciulli, Mall Grab b2b KETTAMA, Cristoph b2b Franky Wah, Hiroko Yamamura b2b DJ Minx, Carlita b2b Chloé Caillet, Ilario Alcante b2b Dennis Cruz, Dixon x Âme, and Lee Foss b2b Gene Farris.

Global house and techno fans will be treated to an immersive journey at ARC as we groove to some of the best house and techno music out there. The festival includes tons of curated production elements and art to guide them between each of the four immersive stage environments. From the industrial setting of the Grid stage to the outrageousness of Spain’s Elrow, the deeper sounds of the Expansions stage, and a new fourth stage spotlighting international and national acts alongside the Midwest’s top talent. It sounds like a fun time!

Adding to the fun, the Spanish party outfit Elrow will make its return to ARC, again announcing its presence as its only festival stage takeover in the USA this year. It’s all good! Known for its renowned psychedelic production and outrageous surprises, Elrow’s signature stage design, performers and hijinx have made it one of the most celebrated brands in the world, touching down for bespoke events annually in Barcelona, Ibiza, New York, London, Dubai, Miami, Las Vegas, Sydney and many more key markets.

These efforts will be led by the Auris Presents team who bring decades of unique event experience and curation across their independent endeavors. ARC fans will also be treated to intimate afterparties across Auris and ARC partner venues RADIUS, Cermak Hall, PRYSM, Concord Music Hall, and more.

General tickets are on sale now at arcmusicfestival.com