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Update: An earlier version of this story, attributed to a Soldier Field spokesman, said the festival was moving to Washington Park. The spokesman has since said he misspoke.
CHICAGO — Spring Awakening, the electronic dance music festival held annually in Soldier Field, is moving to Jackson Park this summer after getting bumped from the stadium by an international soccer tournament.
Jessica Faulkner, a Chicago Park District spokeswoman, confirmed to DNAinfo Chicago on Wednesday that Spring Awakening has a “conditional” deal to hold the festival this summer in Jackson Park, 6401 S. Stony Island Ave.
The news arrives after DNAinfo Chicago first reported that the festival’s usual June booking at Soldier Field would be filled by the Copa América, a South American soccer tournament that will include North American international teams this year.
Tyler Jensen, a spokesman for Spring Awakening promoter SFX, did not have immediate comments on the festival’s new South Side venue.
Founded in 2008, Spring Awakening in 2012 moved to Soldier Field, where its audience has grown every year. More than 40,000 people attended the three-day festival last year, according to Luca Serra, a Soldier Field spokesman, but the festival was also marred by the death of a festival-goer who died of an apparent drug overdose.
Ald. Pat Dowell (3rd), whose ward includes Soldier Field, has told constituents for months that Spring Awakening was leaving Soldier Field for a new venue, but where it was headed was previously unknown.
The 2016 Spring Awakening dates are not yet known. Soldier Field will host the Copa games on June 5, June 7, June 10, and June 22. Stay tuned for any updates.
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