Things are starting to get chilly in Chicago with fall coming into full colour. As we head into the last chapter of the year outdoor events are darn near over unless you’re going to a football game at Soldier Field. However, the organizers of Auris Presents want to go out with a bang by giving electronic music lovers one last event to dance to. Necropolis Music Festival will be a Halloween theme EDM event taking place over the holiday weekend right on Lake Michigan at the Northerly Island venue. The lineup is impressive with some big names giving attendees the opportunity to dress up and dance the night away for one more final hoorah. Here are the artists we’re most excited to see:
If you are looking for some dirty bass to bump your head to then Getter has you covered. The San Jose-based DJ has a much grittier sound that is quite haunting at times, which fits the spooky theme of Necropolis nicely. With tracks like “Head Splitter” and “Rip N Dip” put Getter on the map, these tracks are the reason why he has a strong following throughout the years and deserves much acclaim.
Another artist that fits that dark atmosphere is Detroit dubstep DJ Peekaboo. Most of his tracks have a spacey vibe that’ll take you out of this world only to promptly crush back when the bass drops. What makes Peekaboo interesting is that he can bounce from a mellow mood to an aggressive heart-racing tempo in an instant. Peekaboo looks to set the standard of your Necropolis experience while you think of the ghouls and ghosts taking over the area. The sound of laser synthesizers zapping throughout the venue echoing with flashing visuals next to the fresh autumn breeze coming off the lake will be something fans won’t want to hide from.
Alison Wonderland is an excellent DJ to see live as well. Her style is more poppy and fits better with the mainstream audience but that’s not necessarily a bad thing. She knows how to set the tempo playing bangers and well-known tracks that will be hard for any artist following her set to match. She knows how to have a good time and keep the crowd engaged throughout her entire showcase with amazing visuals. This in turn brings more people together, and isn’t that the point?
Up next, is Shaquille O’Neal. Over the last few years, the retired NBA legend has made his presence more known within the EDM scene as has performed at high-profile events like Lost Lands and EDC under his alias DJ Diesel. Now he’ll be doing a set at Necropolis and fans cannot wait! If you’ve never seen Diesel live I highly recommend it. Having been djing since the late ’80s, Diesel’s style certainly is a bit more old school. However, this gives him an arsenal of songs to pick and spin. He has evolved to embrace the modern electronic noise kids are used to these days while hitting us with throwbacks. He’ll bounce some Phil Collins Genesis into some early 2000s trill rap to tracks by NGHTMRE. Watching him perform is like watching a big kid living his best life and we’re here to support it.
Gramatik is a pioneer when it comes to blending the classic boom-bap style of hip-hop with modern EDM. Growing up kids on the block used to freestyle rap to his instrumentals or wanted to learn how to make beats like Gramatik. Seeing a legend of his status spin live will be a real treat for any fan of his work. Unlike other artists on this list, his style is a lot funkier than most representing the late ’90s of rap perfectly that you can just groove to.
Necropolis is shaping up to be a fantastic weekend. There’s still a plethora of artists we didn’t mention like Adventure Club, Excision, and Svdden Death that we are very much excited to see. Plus there are still more artists to be announced that we can’t wait to hear about. The fact that the event is taking place over Halloween weekend adds a layer of mystery and a little mischief in the air that makes for a good time.