For the second time this past weekend (and what feels like the umpteenth time this summer), inclement weather had an impact on the ending of a major Chicago, outdoor music festival. Nevertheless, performances by the Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Danny Brown, Datsik, Rebelution, Gary Clark, Jr., Purity Ring, JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound, Wu-Tang Clan and more powered the third and final day of the 2013 North Coast Music Festival Sunday in Union Park…
Friday night at North Coast, impending weather caused a temporary evacuation of the Union Park grounds forcing thousands of festivalgoers into the city’s west side without an official evacuation destination designated by the festival. A set by Capital Cities was cut short, and while the festival was extended an extra hour once the weather had passed, Friday’s headlining set by alt dance-pop outfit Passion Pit ultimately became a live DJ set after much of their equipment was reportedly destroyed by the storms.
Rain was in the forecast again on Sunday and held off for most of the day though it did force an early end to the festival closing, headlining set by seminal hip-hop ensemble Wu-Tang Clan with concertgoers once again advised to prematurely evacuate festival grounds. A Sunday night set by local soul-punks JC Brooks & The Uptown Sound was halted after only one song.
For those of you keeping score, coming on the heels of last year’s full Lollapalooza evacuation, Chicago concerts this summer that were evacuated due to weather now include Björk at Pitchfork, Pearl Jam at Wrigley Field, Phish at Northerly Island, Capital Cities/Passion Pit on day one at North Coast and Wu-Tang Clan on day three. At the very least, such a summer ought to dictate at least a discussion with the city in regards to establishing some sort of well documented evacuation plan, unique to each festival, that is established and easy to access for concertgoers in advance of each fest – because it’s starting to feel like we’ve been awfully lucky the past few years.
That said, early on Sunday, Union Park was surprisingly dry considering the rain that fell on Friday. Wood chips soaked up standing water in a number of areas and guard rails kept fans from frolicking in the muddier portions of the softball infields.