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Hideout Block Party Wed May 28 2014

A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party Announces 2014 Lineup

Hideout-2014.jpgSummer in Chicago brings a wealth of live music opportunities; from individual concerts, to street festivals, and festivals, there is a plethora of great music options, and picking and choosing opportunities is key in order to experience all the live music you would like to hear in one summer. However, what seems to be discarded sometimes is how many large-scale, gargantuan music festivals we hold in the city, as compared to smaller festivals. From Lollapalooza, to Riot Fest, to Wavefront and North Coast, there is immense value to be had in a smaller, more intimate festival experience.

This is precisely why the A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party is consistently my favorite music spot to be at during a Chicago summer season. With the emphasis on local food and drink and typically featuring many artists from Chicago as well, the festival gives one a strengthened sense of pride for their city, and the aspect of only one stage is a welcome change of pace from diligently reading a festival map and sprinting to another spot to see the next act. It's a full crowd, but comfortable, and the Hideout is a neighborhood gem that I feel proud to support each year.

This year's lineup was just released this morning, and brings with it a crop of stellar acts. The 2014 A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party at 1354 W. Wabansia begins at 5pm on Friday, September 5, and at 12:30pm on Saturday, September 6, and tickets are $65 for a two-day pass. I can't wait for the surprises that this year's festival has in store, and to fall in love with Chicago even more than I thought was possible after the year prior.

A.V. Fest / Hideout Block Party 2014 Lineup:

Death Cab for Cutie
The War On Drugs
The Dismemberment Plan
funky METERS
Mac DeMarco
The Handsome Family
Sylvan Esso
Valerie June
Bad Luck Jonathan
Plastic Crimewave Vision
Celestial Guitarkestra

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Kid / July 10, 2014 3:18 PM

Been diggin The Dismemberment Plan, since they broke out of the DC scene. You're lucky to have them in Chitown.

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Feature Thu Dec 31 2015

Our Final Transmission Days

By The Gapers Block Transmission Staff

Transmission staffers share their most cherished memories and moments while writing for Gapers Block.

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  Chicago Music Media

Alarm Magazine
Big Rock Candy Mountain
Boxx Magazine
Brooklyn Vegan Chicago
Can You See The Sunset From The Southside
Chicago Reader Music
Chicagoist Arts & Events
Chicago Music Guide
Chicago Singles Club
Country Music Chicago
Cream Team
Dark Jive
The Deli Chicago
Jim DeRogatis
Fake Shore Drive
Gowhere Hip Hop
The Hood Internet
Jaded in Chicago
Largehearted Boy
Little White Earbuds
Live Fix Blog
Live Music Blog
Loud Loop Press
Oh My Rockness
Pop 'stache
Pop Matters
Resident Advisor
Sound Opinions
Sun-Times Music Blog
Theft Liable to Prosecution
Tribune Music
UR Chicago
Victim Of Time
WFMU's Beware of the Blog
Windy City Rock


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Beat Kitchen
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Kingston Mines
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Mayne Stage
The Mutiny
Old Town School of Folk Music
Park West
The Promontory
Red Line Tap
Reggie's Rock Club & Music Joint
The Riviera
Thalia Hall
The Shrine
Symphony Center
Tonic Room
Uncommon Ground
The Vic
The Whistler

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He Who Corrupts
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