North Coast Music Festival comes to Union Park in Chicago on Labor Day weekend, and features several acts that killed it at Electric Forest. So if you missed out on the forest this year, or if you were just somewhere else when these acts played, never fear. You have a chance to redeem yourself.

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Passion Pit

Passion Pit headlined Electric Forest on Friday night, and put on an incredible show. With one of the best light shows of the festival and also the most recognizable songs, everyone was dancing for the entire set. As a festival headliner, you can expect the same sort of light show and crazy crowd at North Coast. Whether or not you’re a fan of Passion Pit, as long as you’re a fan of having fun, you can’t miss their set.

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Big Gigantic/Grammatik

When Big Gigantic joined GrizMatik on stage at Electric Forest, it created one of the most memorable shows of the entire festival. Griz and Gramatik hooked up for the first time for a secret set at last year’s Electric Forest, and Big Gigantic closed out 2012 in dramatic fashion, so it was only appropriate that all three would join forces this year. Playing fan favorites from all three artists’ discographies, the supergroup put on one hell of a show. Big Gigantic and Gramatik will both be playing at North Coast, and while there are no confirmed plans for them to play together, they both put on amazing individual shows as well.

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Emancipator

Emancipator’s beautiful music provided a perfect relaxing atmosphere on Sunday evening between Future Rock and Yeasayer’s energetic sets. His sets, which include a live violinist, are a unique experience, and a welcome change of pace at the normally frantic electronic music festivals. If you’re in the mood to rage, you’ll probably want to head somewhere else, but assuming you’re exhausted from drinking and dancing all day, Emancipator will provide the relaxing break you need before hitting the headliners.

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Danny Brown

I’ve seen Danny Brown multiple times and have never been disappointed. His energy and stage presence makes for a uniquely fun show every time, whether it’s in a cramped club or a huge festival stage. He may not be the biggest hip-hop name on the bill, but he’ll certainly be the craziest.

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Madeon

The 19 year-old French prodigy Madeon played a rainy set on Thursday night, and absolutely killed it. I knew very little of his material, and still couldn’t stop dancing. He mixes in original material with highly recognizable songs, and his unique blend of styles makes for a non-stop dance party.

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In addition to the previously mentioned acts, North Coast’s lineup is stacked with hip-hop legends like Wu-Tang Clan and Nas, indie-pop acts Purity Ring and AlunaGeorge, Dutch house DJs AfroJack and Laidback Luke, and trap ragers A-Trak and R.L. Grime. Check out the full lineup here.