ARC Music Festival partners with House Music 40 for pop-up event in Chicago


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ARC Music Festival is teaming up with House Music 40 to mark four decades of house music with a pop-up event at Chicago’s Daley Hall today (May 29).

Set to be part of a series of events throughout Chicago celebrating 40 years of house, ARC has partnered with the Illinois-based non-profit organisation for the celebration — which is set to include performances from Derrick Carter and DJ Heather, as well as a number of Chicago natives.

House Music 40 works to elevate the continued legacy of house music, as well as provide assistance to pioneers of the genre suffering from ill health and other issues.

“I am thrilled to mark this momentous occasion with ARC Music Festival, Chicago’s flagship house and techno festival, ” House Music 40’s founder Vince Lawrence says. “They have provided a wonderful platform for DJs and lovers of dance music throughout the years.”

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ARC Music Festival’s co-founder has described Chicago house as “one of those rare global movements where we can still show our love and appreciation to a lot of the original pioneers and innovators.”

“it’s important for us as fans to give back,” he continues.

Although the actual beginning of house music is contested by some, due to Frankie Knuckles and DJ Ron Hardy‘s role in developing the genre in venues such as The Warehouse in the late ‘70s — the event commemorates 1984 as the “beginning” of house music, due to its developing sound and the far-reaching success of hit singles such as ‘On and On’ by Jesse Saunders, and ‘Your Love’ by Frankie Knuckles.

To donate to House Music 40, click here.

Jamaal Johnson is Mixmag’s Digital Intern, follow him on Instagram

Written by: Tim Hopkins

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