What: React Presents’ one and only beach festival, Mamby On The Beach, is back for a third year. It’s one of Chicago’s more eclectic musical events, slotted right in between React’s EDM party Spring Awakening in early June, and Pitchfork’s namesake festival mid-July.
Who: You, if you’re 17 or older. As for artists, this year’s lineup is STACKED. House fans will be pleased with the Mixmag Tent lineup—Tchami and Green Velvet are headlining Saturday and Sunday, respectively. MK, Justin Martin, Miike Snow, Lee Foss, Sango, Todd Terje, and Thundercat are all high on my must-see list as well.
When: June 24th and 25th, 2017. Because it’s only on Saturday and Sunday, it’s an ideal festival for those traveling to Chicago (or working a 9-5 job)—the lack of lineup on Friday allows festgoers to travel into The Windy City without having to miss a part of the festival, and it allows suburbanites like me a chance to avoid weekend rush hour traffic.
Where: Oakwood Beach, which has a phenomenal view of the city’s skyline.
Why: Mamby’s lineup has consistently been the most interesting on the summer Midwestern festival roster, and its picturesque setting makes it one of the most beautiful too. Offering a little bit of indie, hip hop, house, techno, and lots of fun daytime activities like yoga and beach games, it’s my favorite summertime Chi festival by a longshot.
Buy passes for Mamby On The Beach at React Presents’ official festival website.