One of Chicago’s most illustrious EDM festivals will have a new crowd in 2015. Spring Awakening Music Festival, which will occur June 13-15 at Soldier Field in Chicago, announced today in a presale email to newsletter subscribers that next year’s rendition of the popular Midwest festival will implement an 18 and older age restriction.
SFX Entertainment, the powerhouse production company that acquired React Presents earlier this year and now puts on the Spring Awakening Music Festival, said in the email "SAMF truly appreciates the support from our younger fans, but we believe the festival is an experience for adults. This difficult decision was made to promote safety amongst our fans and ensure the best experience from our attendees and future attendees. We encourage everyone to attend the festival when they reach the appropriate age."
Spring Awakening is not the first music festival to enact an age restriction, rather it is one of many festivals following a trend that music festivals are more suited for adults. Other festivals who have announced a new age restriction include the huge Ultra Music Festival in Miami for 2015, and Electric Zoo festival earlier in 2013.
While it is unfortunate that this new age restriction limits what the younger crowd in Chicago can attend, they can still look forward to Lollapalooza, which has always been an all-ages event.
For now, check out the awesome aftermovie from last year's Spring Awakening Music Festival.