Via Festival Takes Place October 1-5 In Chicago

October 1-5 | Chicago

Mykki Blanco, Anamanaguchi, Blue Hawaii (Live & DJ Set), Cakes Da Killa, Mikeq Doss, Princess Nokia, L-Vis 1990 B2b Traxman, Distal, Groundislava Bambounou, Machine Girl, Darren Keen, Different Sleep, Starfoxxx,  Jimmy Whispers, Equator Club, Jeremiah Meece, Street Beat, Juketastrophe, Seablaze, Teen Witch, Laura Friedman, Romance, Dj Pluto, Potions, Boy That Say, GOD VOL. 1

Visuals: A. Bill Miller (Undervolt & Co.), Chaz Evans, Jon Chambers,
Austen Brown, Kaycee Conaway, Patrick Bobilin, and more TBA.

The VIA Festival celebrates its 5th year with 2 cities worth of audio-visual events October 1-5. A consistently top-ranked festival by Resident Advisor, and member of the International Cities of Advanced Sound (alongside Mutek, Unsound, CTM, Decibel, New Forms), VIA aims to be a “Festival As Laboratory” whose structure mutates every year. With events that explore what’s next in music and new media art, VIA brings together local, national and international talent for collaborative audio-visual performances, exhibitions, workshops and more.  VIA’s partnership with Chicago’s Them Flavors and LVL3 gallery underscores their desire to “change what it means to be a festival in the 21st Century” (Dummy Mag), establishing a framework for cross-city collaboration and artist exchange in the rust belt.

About VIA: VIA Fest is an audio & visual festival that uses traditional and unconventional spaces along with a heavy focus on visuals to create a unique one-time experience.  Each performing musical artist will be paired with a visual artist who will work in the months leading up to the event to create a unique visual piece.

The exciting debut of VIA Chicago will bring together music and unique visual programming from local and national artist for a 5 day experience to unite the diverse art and music scene vibrant within the city.

Music Events by Day:

  • 10/1 - Anamanaguchi, Machine Girl, Seablaze, Romance @ Emporium
  • 10/2 - Blue Hawaii, DOSS, Different Sleep, Teen Witch @ Secret Location
  • 10/2 - Distal, Groundislava, Them Flavors DJs & more @ Primary
  • 10/3 - Cakes Da Killa, MikeQ, Juketastrophe, Street Beat DJs @ Secret Location
  • 10/3 - L-VIS 1990, Traxman, Blue Hawaii (DJ Set), Equator Club @ Primary
  • 10/4 - Mykki Blanco, Princess Nokia, Darren Keen, Starfoxxx, Jimmy Whispers, Jeremiah Meece @ Secret Location
  • 10/4 - Bambounou, DJ Pluto, & more @ Primary

Highlights include:

  • Wednesday - kickoff party with Anamanaguchi in collaboration with glitch artist A. Bill Miller from visual label Undervolt & Co.
  • Thursday-Saturday - unique pop-up venues will host Cakes Da Killa, Blue Hawaii, MikeQ, Different Sleep, and more
  • Short fIlm screenings featuring local Chicago artists
  • Sunday - pop up shop featuring Chicago's boutiques, businesses, artist merch, workshops and more.
  • Weekend-long electronic audio & visual showcases at Primary
  • Limited edition T-shirt collaborations from performing musical artists and Chicago designers

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