Following the announcement of their full lineup, ARC is set to return to Chicago’s Union Park with shared details for their official ARC After Dark Parties. Touching down on Labor Day Weekend (September 2-4) and showcasing rare back-to-back sets with a world-class lineup of movement leaders from around the globe, ARC intends to be cutting-edge for three days.
Extending beyond the music with experiences that mirror the culture and artistry of its host city, attendees can also expect curated production elements and art to guide them between each of the four immersive stage environments. The event will also act as a showcase of Chicago’s culinary prowess, offering an elevated and distinctly local event.
As for the official ARC After Dark Parties that will take place at leading venues across Chicago, they will include events at RADIUS, Concord Music Hall, PRYSM, Smartbar, Spybar, Cermak Hall, Primary, and Nᵒ9 with a mix of artists from the festival lineup, as well as additional acts not included in the lineup. Tickets are currently available for ARC pass holders.
Music highlights will include a Detroit Love party at Spybar with Carl Craig and Seth Troxler, Eric Prydz and Adam Beyer at RADIUS, Gorgon City and Azzecca at Cermak Hall, and a Relief x Dirtybird event with Green Velvet and Claude VonStroke at RADIUS. Additional highlights include a multi-national house affair with Ricardo Villalobos and Derrick Carter at Cermak Hall, Honey Dijon and DJ Heather showcasing Chicago femme royalty at Smartbar, and a Black Book Records event at Music Hall with Cloonee and MIANE. There will also be an ARC pre-party on the Thursday before the festival with Pan-Pot at Spybar, along with a Yacht Party with Justin Martin on the Monday following the festival.
Attendees can also look forward to a group of back-to-back sets that will take place between Detroit legends Carl Craig and Seth Troxler, married couple Öona Dahl and DJ Three, U.K. favorites Skream and Eats Everything, and Chicago house acts including Derrick Carter b2b Mark Farina, Gene Farris b2b Mike Dunn, and Hiroko Yamamura b2b DJ Hyperactive.
Additionally, ARC has also released the daily lineups for the festival — highlighting which artists will be playing on each of the three days. Spanish party outfit Elrow will also make its return to ARC, bringing their “Rowmuda Triangle” theme originally from Ibiza to Union Park in full force. Elrow’s signature stage design, performers, and hijinx have made it one of the most celebrated brands in the world, touching down for bespoke events annually in Barcelona, Ibiza, New York, London, Dubai, Miami, Las Vegas, Sydney, and many more key markets.