Top 12 Must-See Artists at North Coast 2023

| August 24, 2023

North Coast Music Festival is right around the corner and the anticipation is through the roof for this treasured Chicago event. From September 1-3, fans will gather at Seat Geek Stadium to witness three days of remarkable performances from top modern-day electronic artists.

The lineup is jam-packed with illustrious acts from a broad range of subgenres within EDM. There are abundant opportunities to indulge in magical music moments from acclaimed artists and discover budding producers in the scene. If you are lucky enough to attend this year’s North Coast, you will walk away with plenty of memories from unmatchable live shows.

To make the most out of your North Coast experience, we have you covered. We hand-picked four artists from each day at the festival that you will not want to miss, for a total of 12 must-see artists at the event. Check out our guide to make event planning a breeze while ensuring that you get to be a part of the greatest sets of the weekend. 

Check out iEDM’s Top 12 Must-See Artists at North Coast 2023 below. 




12) Liquid Stranger

 Liquid Stranger has established himself as a leading, unstoppable force in the electronic scene, particularly in the experimental realm. From his ever-expanding label WAKAAN to his highly-coveted event Wakaan Festival, the legend continues to rise to the top while uplifting other emerging talents with him.

The fact that he does this while continuing to deliver unforgettable concert experiences is a testament to his dedication. Expect his set at North Coast to be a wonky, psychedelic delight filled with mind-blowing bass and hidden gems.


11) Duke Dumont

House music icon Duke Dumont will be blessing the windy city with his blissful sound. With over 6.5 million Spotify listeners and legions of adoring fans, his beloved UK-inspired music will be a hit at North Coast.

We are hoping to get a taste of his innovative style with songs like his latest single “Losing Control”, along with the classic hits that have brought house heads so much joy over the years. We anticipate that Duke Dumont’s set at North Coast will be one of the most epic shows at the festival, so be sure to catch him in action. 


10) ​Lab Group 

Since its creation, Lab Group has quickly shown that it is a force to be reckoned with. The renowned group is known for its collaborative and innovative approach to bass music. You never know what to expect from a Lab Group set other than being completely mesmerized.

The group continues to stay true to its roots, performing with the intent to honor member Charlesthefirst’s legacy. Their set at North Coast will be a spellbinding sonic journey that every attendee should witness.


9) Jantsen 

If you are looking for heavy-hitting beats that will make you feel like you are at the party of the century, make sure to catch Jantsen’s set at North Coast. The longtime music mastermind is known for his trademark grimy sound that will keep you dancing and headbanding nonstop.

His unique approach to bass music draws inspiration from a variety of genres. From his fan-favorite gutter music mixes to his latest works such as his track “Everybody”, his signature style and influence on the music scene is undeniable.




8) Lane 8

Lane 8 has garnered much-deserved recognition over the last few years thanks to his massive influence in the progressive house genre. One of the most well-recognized faces of the Anjunadeep label, the Denver-based artist continues to make strides in his career with popular recent releases such as his album “Reviver” and his latest track “I Will Leave A Light On.”

If you are searching for refined sounds that will effortlessly complement the cityscape atmosphere at North Coast, look no further than Lane 8. 


7) Chris Lorenzo

Hailing from England, Chris Lorenzo’s highly regarded music has had a dominating influence on house music across the globe. The captivating DJ has become a staple at major festivals such as EDC, Electric Forest, Hard Summer, and much more.

Now he will be gracing The Vega Stage at this year’s North Coast for what will be amongst the festival’s most memorable moments. We cannot wait to lose ourselves and vibe during this show-stopping set we will all cherish for years to come.


6) Daily Bread 

Daily Bread has developed a highly supportive and loyal fanbase over the course of his career, who can’t get enough of his funkadelic style. This producer combines influences from his experimental music background with classic sounds from eclectic genres such as jazz and hip hop. 

The result is his one-of-a-kind melodic and soulful sound that resonates with legions of fans in electronic music and beyond. We look forward to hearing his set at North Coast which we expect to be booming with the versatile sound that we have all come to adore. 


5) Zeds Dead 

Zeds Dead’s headlining set at the Stadium Stage will be one that you simply can’t afford to miss at North Coast. The duo has been at the forefront of the electronic music genre for years and it is easy to see why if you pay attention to their incredible sound design.

These artists constantly elevate their already legendary careers with groundbreaking music and performances. Their show at North Coast is set to be filled with fan-favorite songs, jaw-dropping moments, and endless lasers.




4) ​Big Gigantic 

Big Gigantic is known for their commanding sound and energetic performances. The duo draws inspiration from a multitude of genres ranging from hip-hop, funk, and electronic music to create their iconic sound. They will be performing at the Vega Stage on Sunday for what is sure to be an amazing spectacle of a show.


3) Gigantic NGHTMRE

Gigantic NGHTMRE combines the forces of electronic music visionaries Big Gigantic and NGHTMRE for an otherworldly, bass-filled symphony of sound. These sets are a rare treat for fans so make sure to prioritize it at the festival. Big Gigantic will bring the funky saxophone vibes, while NGHTMRE will showcase his innovative music style that has made him an international dance music icon.

They recently headlined Shambhala Music Festival which was raved about as one of the best sets of the event, so we imagine that they will close out their summer tour with a bang at North Coast.


2) Dabin

Toronto raised producer Dabin will showcase his multifaceted production at the festival. When reflecting on his impressive musical journey along with his recent releases such as “Hollow” and “Worlds Away”, it is evident that attendees are in for a knockout performance at the festival. His career continues to blossom as he plays world-class events such as Ultra, Imagine Festival, Nocturnal Wonderland, and of course North Coast.


1) Flume 

Flume is one of the pioneering EDM artists who helped shape the genre into the thriving powerhouse it is today. The Australian musician is acclaimed for his future bass style that has enchanted crowds for over a decade.

We are excited to close out North Coast Festival with a Flume set that will be moving, euphoric, and nothing short of transformative. If you want a show that will make you dance, cry, heal, and connect all at once, Flume is an obvious choice to see at the event.


Photos courtesy of North Coast Music Festival and the artists represented.


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