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The North Coast Music Festival announces its 2018 lineup

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click to enlarge Jamiroquai performs at this year’s Coachella - AMY HARRIS / AP
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  • Jamiroquai performs at this year’s Coachella

This morning the North Coast Music Festival announced the lineup for its ninth year, headlined by self-described "future funk" outfit Jamiroquai. The British band played their first U.S. show since 2005 last month at Coachella, where they appeared on Friday's bill a few notches below headliner the Weeknd. Jamiroquai have booked a handful of stateside performances in support of their first album in nearly a decade (last year's Automation), and their timing is great: boogie, modern funk, and other postdisco subgenres that overlap with Jamiroquai's sound have recently emerged as vital underground forces on an international scale. North Coast's other headliners are R&B star Miguel and former Swedish House Mafia members Axwell & Ingrosso. As usual, the festival is in Union Park; it runs Friday, August 31, through Sunday, September 2.

North Coast 2018 continues the festival's history of booking rappers, jam bands, indie-pop acts, and electronic producers—it's always put more weight on its artists' ability to move a crowd than on their stature with the industry's arbiters of cool. This year the lineup includes several acts associated with Soundcloud rap, a scene that's either "cutting edge" or "a horrible trash fire" depending on your point of view: they include Lil Xan, Lil Skies, Lil Gnar, and breakout Chicagoland MC Juice Wrld. (Fortunately, there's no sign of alleged abuser XXXtentacion.)

North Coast has also partnered with local music promoters and companies for mini showcases at the festival. As part of Friday's schedule, Aux Cord DJs (whose monthly party invites Chicagoans to play music off laptops, phones, and other devices scorned by serious DJs) have put together a lineup that features DJ sets by the Cool Kids and Fat Tiger Workshop cofounder Vic Lloyd and a performance by pop duo Iris Temple. Chicago hip-hop blog turned multimedia company Lyrical Lemonade has assembled Saturday's showcase, which includes rappers MadeinTYO, Comethazine, and Warhol.SS. And for Sunday, Chicago's Most Wanted have paired electronic acts with DJs in "versus" sets: Bently Dean versus Steve Gerard, Porn & Chicken versus 2Fac3d, and Ron Carrol versus Diz.

The full lineup is below—in alphabetical order, though, not broken down by day. I've linked names to Reader coverage where relevant. Tickets are available at North Coast's website now.

Apollo XO vs. DJ Simone
Axwell & Ingrosso
Babes Only
Barclay Crenshaw
Beak Nasty
Bentley Bean vs. Steve Gerard
Bryce Vine
Cashmere Cat
Cofresi
Comethazine
Cool Kids
Cousin Stizz
Crywolf
DJ King Marie
DJ Snake
Drezo
Duffle Bag Buru
Dvsn
Edamame
Esquire
Getto Blaster vs. Jerome Baker
Gramatik
Iris Temple
Jacob Banks
Jamiroquai
Juice Wrld

Kaina & Sen Morimoto
Kami
Knower
Landon Cube
Lil Gnar
Lil Skies
Lil Xan
Lwky
Maddy O'Neal
MadeinTYO
Marty Mars
Midnight
Midnight Conspiracy
Miguel
Monte Booker
Moon Taxi
Mulatto
Mura Masa
Nombe
Pachanga!
Polish Ambassador & the Diplomatic Scandal
Porn & Chicken vs. 2fac3d
Qari
Rapsody
Revivalists
RJ Pickens vs. Phil Rizzo
RL Grime
Robert DeLong
Ron Carroll vs. Diz
Ronsocold
Smokepurpp
Snails
Steven Cannon
Strumbellas
Tauk
Too Many Zooz
Two Friends
Vic Lloyd
Vulfpeck
Warhol.SS
Yellow Claw
Yheti

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