It seems like more and more music festivals are going the way of SXSW in that the after parties are now almost equal in importance to the festivals with which they correspond. Let's face it: cast against the backdrop of someplace like downtown Chicago, nobody wants to stop partying at 10PM—and even if you didn't cop the festival ticket, the shows represent a chance to see your fave act on the cheap. React Presents today announced a slew of shows going down in the Chi on Lollapalooza weekend (July 31-August 3, 2014), and a few of these lineups sound like once in a blue moon opportunities.
Disclosure at the Aragon, Gramatik and HeRobust at Concord Music Hall, followed by Flume and Duke Dumont at the same venue the following night—and then Skrillex and Gesaffelstein the next night, same venue. Let's also not forget the Black Butter party at Porn N' Chicken-famed Evil Olive with Rudimental, Kidnap Kid, and My Nu Leng. This isn't even mentioning the non-React Presents after parties, which include Cut Copy at the Vic, RAC and Lindsay Lowend at the Subterranean, and Jhene Aiko with Shy Girls presented by Red Bull at Reggie's. I'm still missing a few, but there's a full list below, with links to tickets. All you need to know is that Chicago is about to be stuffed to the eye-balls with quality EDM events on Lolla weekend, and regardless of whether you're going to the festival, it's something to know right if you're anywhere close to the midwest.
Thursday, July 31st
Cash Cash with Gus Karas, Gordo, and Torio at The Mid
Friday, August 1st
Disclosure (live set) at The Aragon Ballroom
Cut Copy with Bomba Estereo at The Vic
Glitch Mob (DJ set) with DJ Zebo at The Mid
Gramatik with HeRobust, Russ Liquid, and Gibbz at Concord Music Hall
Saturday, August 2nd
Martin Garrix at The Aragon Ballroom
Black Butter Records Official Afterparty with Rudimental, Kidnap Kid, and My Nu Leng at evilOlive
Flume with Duke Dumont and Anna Lunoe at Concord Music Hall
RAC (DJ set) with Lindsay Lowend at Subterranean
Jhene Aiko with Shy Girls at Reggie's
Sunday, August 3rd
Skrillex with Gesaffelstein at Concord Music Hall
Full list of Lollapalooza aftershows via do312, and many tickets go on sale at 10am CST on June 6 via React Presents.
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