The debut of the North Coast Music Festival is Labor Day Weekend, Sept. 3-5 -- a festival back in Union Park, same site as Pitchfork. They just announced their schedule today -- see it here -- from a lineup including Moby, the Chemical Brothers, De La Soul, Lupe Fiasco, Nas with Damien Marley and (wha?) Umphrey's McGee.
Tickets available -- $40/day, $85 for the weekend (limited three-day passes are still around for $75). If you can handle another three-day music marathon.
Then there's this really interesting extra fest ...
The Sónar festival is a three-day cavalcade of "advanced music and multimedia art," a festival that's been gaining steam (and buzz) in Barcelona, Spain, since the early '90s. Last year, the festival tried branching out, running smaller stateside versions of itself in New York and Washington, D.C., and this year they're expanding further -- including a three-day stint in Chicago, Sept. 9-11.
The festival has announced its concert lineup, to be scheduled at the Chicago Cultural Center and Millennium Park. The music includes the Slew featuring Kid Koala (an extra project for turntablists Kid Koala and Dynomite D, aided by musicians Chris Ross and Myles Heskett of Wolfmother), Martyn (a European DJ who grew up on Chicago house music) and electronic composer Ben Frost, plus the Nosaj Thing Visual Show, Oval, The Flashbulb feat. the New Millennium Orchestra, Bradien, Faraón, Nicolas Bernier and Martin Messier's "La Chambre des Machines," bRUNA, Lesley Flanigan's "Amplifications," Huan and Jimmy Edgar.
See the full lineup and schedule (most artists perform multiple times) here.