Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend a relatively new touring festival named Safe In Sound in Chicago. It’s a festival that at its root was like the festivals of old where a group of artists would travel around the country blasting music for enthused crowds. Unlike most festivals, Safe in Sound had a single lineup of artists that changes from city to city, with the only constant being the festival headliner, Borgore. At the Chicago stop, the festival featured Borgore, Dirty Phonics, Boombox Cartel, Party Thieves, and Trampa.
Safe In Sound Chicago took place at Aragon Ballroom, one of Chicago’s oldest and most beautiful music venues. As a native Chicagoan, myself having an event like ‘Safe In Sound’ at Aragon brought me back to my younger days when a lot of these types of events were held at the now closed Congress Theatre. Although I am a local this admittedly was my first time at the Aragon and it definitely did not disappoint. As soon as I got to the venue, there was already a line of people waiting outside the door waiting for some dubstep and trap madness to carry them through the night. When we were let in we could immediately feel the bass being smoothly carried down the halls and looking around, we could immediately tell we were surrounded by history with the venues crystal chandeliers, amazing murals, and terra cotta ceiling. By the time the music really got going it seemed as if the venue was packed to its 5000 person capacity.
From 9 pm til 2 am the music carried on and sent the crowds into a state of bass induced ecstasy. With people from across the Midwest present in the audience, you could see how in love people were with all the artists that played that night. Out of all the acts that night my favorite was without a doubt Boombox Cartel. Although only Americo Garcia could make it for the show, that didn’t stop him from creating what was easily the most melodic set of the night. In a night that was primarily filled with bass-heavy music, he managed to up the ante and create a unique listening experience that sent the crowd into a frenzy. In addition to Boombox Cartel, UK producer Trampa also deserves a shout for a set that truly got my legs moving and my head bobbing.
Overall, Safe In Sound was definitely a festival experience to remember and a real nice throwback to traveling festivals of old, where crowds from across the country could share in one memorable experience. Thankfully there are many more dates available for the festival in cities across the US. If you have a chance to get tickets to this festival I’d definitely recommend it, especially with acts like Feed Me, Zomboy, Flux Pavillion, and more joining on it is bound to be an amazing time.
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