Spring Awakening Music Pageant goers acquired an fascinating welcome as they arrived for Friday’s kickoff of the music extravaganza.
Happening by means of Sunday at its new suburban location in Hoffman Estates, the pageant space’s principal entrance space was abuzz with heavy gear — earth movers, vans — as mounds of what seemed to be mulch and sand have been being relocated whilst pageant gates opened for the day. The mounds pressured momentary closure/entry to the Solstice Stage and adjoining VIP space Friday afternoon as crews labored to stage the taking part in discipline.
“We’ve had essentially the most rain in Could in years and the grounds have been fully soggy, mentioned Pat Grumley, advertising and marketing director for React Presents, the pageant’s organizers. “We wish to current the absolute best venue for our friends and we made the decision to shut a part of the pageant space off for now. It’s actually a security concern as a result of the grounds have been so soggy.”
The momentary closure pressured the rescheduling of two acts early Friday afternoon, Axilon and Dani Deahl. Grumley mentioned these exhibits could be rescheduled into obtainable opening slots on Saturday or Sunday.
All different levels and areas of the pageant have been open for enterprise as scheduled.
Mounds of sand and mulch are repositioned and unfold out to cowl soggy floor areas at Spring Awakening on Friday afternoon in Hoffman Estates.Colin Boyle/For the Solar-Instances
The pageant website this 12 months spans 27 acres, that includes seven levels. Grumley mentioned that 25,000 tickets had been offered for Friday and Sunday, with 30,000 offered for Saturday.
Shuttle buses are ferrying followers from the Barrington and Elgin Metra stations in addition to the CTA’s Rosemont blue line cease.
The transfer to the ‘burbs, to what was as soon as the famed Poplar Creek Music Theatre website, was prompted by pageant analysis, Grumley mentioned.
“We took a have a look at the place most of our tickets gross sales have been coming from over the previous few years and most of them are from the suburbs,” he mentioned. (Final 12 months’s fest was held at Addams/Medill Park in Chicago.)
Parking was one other big issue.
“Half of our website is parking,” Grumley mentioned, “which got here in very helpful, particularly at this time. The opposite half is grass and timber.”