Last April, we were quite disappointed when we heard the news that Wavefront Music Festival 2014 was canceled.

According to DNA INFO, the ban brewed from a series of noise complaints by residents in surrounding neighborhoods (and by surrounding neighborhoods, we mean the five or six sassy elders that own nearby condos on Lake Shore Drive).

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DNAinfo Chicago | July 8th, 2013

“Wavefront Music Festival Noise Makes Nearby Condo Dwellers Livid” 

Wavefront, touted as the ultimate beach bash, has garnered rave reviews from EDM fans since its 2012 debut at Montrose Beach —  but earned the ire of local aldermen after organizers put on a much bigger 2013 fest that spurred noise and traffic complaints from North Side lakefront residents.

Ald. James Cappleman (46th) and Ald. Harry Osterman (48th) demanded to see a 2014 festival plan that resolved community concerns, and organizers promised to scale down Wavefront and address various festival management issues.

Officials said earlier this spring that Wavefront was unlikely to gain the city’s approval in the face of such political opposition.

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The statement above is beyond interesting, considering the closest apartment buildings are nearly an entire mile away from the festival grounds. Quite frankly, there’s few locations in the city better than Montrose Beach for hosting an event such as this.

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One of the tenants said that she was “washed over” by the “bass vibrations.” Of course, that statement doesn’t sound dramatic or preconceived at all.

Another complainant even said she vocalized concerns about the noise mainly because it was Electronic Dance Music. Seriously, we can’t make this shit up.

Here’s the excerpt from later in the article:
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DNAinfo Chicago | July 8th, 2013

“Wavefront Music Festival Noise Makes Nearby Condo Dwellers Livid” 

Carol Kimball, 63, owns a condo in a high-rise building near West Lawrence Avenue and North Marine Drive. Her living room window faces the lake and Montrose Beach. The electronic dance tunes leaking from Montrose Beach were bothersome, but would have been more bearable had they come from “a genre I actually like,” she said.

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While we’ll save this longer discussion for a later date, there’s really no question that last year’s cancelation of Wavefront was questionable. Even scandalous, perhaps.

In 2012 and 2013 (the only two summers that Wavefront took place), the festival attracted massive names like Eric Prydz, Duck Sauce, Boys Noize, Nadia Ali, Diplo, Rusko and Justice, with successful outcomes.

A few weeks after the festival was canceled last April, Wavefront posted this message from their Twitter:

As the “back in 2015” part of that tweet remains to be confirmed (in any capacity), Wavefront’s return continues to become more unlikely. And considering this message was posted almost eight months ago, it’s not looking likely.

Of course, there are rumors across the web. We came across this conversation on Reddit, where one commenter claims that the festival’s license was once again denied by the city of Chicago:

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“Dino” refers to Dino Gardiakos, the owner/operator of SpyBar and front-man for Wavefront Music Festival.

We’ll be sure to keep you posted with more updates (if there are any). But from the looks of it – a return of Wavefront Music Festival seems about as likely as a return from Derrick Rose.

Don’t get your hopes up, Chicago.

You know the drill.

(Photo courtesy of Wavefront Music Festival’s Facebook page)