Last week, React Presents released the lineup for Mamby on the Beach 2018 and in the process, they’ve proven Mamby to be the little festival that could.

Hosted on a sandy lakefront beach, Mamby is a pretty fantastic festival experience, particularly for those who want the festival experience, but don’t want to sacrifice showering or to travel out to the boondocks to get there. It’s quick and easy to get to Oakwood Beach situation on the south-side of Chicago via bus, bike, or good old-fashioned driving.

Lineup-wise, there’s a ton of quality names packed into a two-day festival. Fitting that House will be well represented in Chicago with a heavy four-four from Gorgon City, Moon Boots, Whethan, Jax Jones, Walker & Royce, and of course, Duke Dumont.

In a pretty ballsy move on React’s part, the festival now takes place in direct competition with the first weekend of Electric Forest. What is present at Mamby is something that’s fallen off of EF’s organizer’s radar since its inception, which is a heavy indie contingent and a big-name hip-hop headliner. There looks to be indie all throughout the weekend, namely Spoon, Grizzly Bear, and Cold War Kids, with a likely Saturday night closing set from Chicago’s own Common. They make a strong case, particularly for those in the Chicago area, to stick closer to home.

I’m not sure how to categorize Snakehips, but I feel the need to call them out specifically as somebody you’ll want to make sure you catch if you go. Their sets are instant fire ants in your pants level dance parties, but in a good way, and will rope you in with an interesting mix of hip-hop, grime, trap, house, and some things that I’m not sure if there are names for.

Also included in the festival this year is the yoga, workshops, art installations, and other activities of previous festivals, as well as an expansion of the grounds to include a new Community Village, dedicated to local and national nonprofit organizations with progressive missions. The Village will host a stage featuring talent from Young Chicago Authors and other surrounding neighborhoods.

For a chance to win tickets and help raise money for Chicago’s Bronzeville community, join the Mamby Plunge on Saturday, March 24th. All who raise $125+ and participate in the plunge will receive exclusive Mamby merch and a two-day VIP pass. Otherwise, you can head here for ticket information.

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