Imagine rolling into the campgrounds at Sherwood Forest on a gleaming Freightliner semi truck. Now, imagine standing in front of that semi truck decked out with EVOL Chicago vinyls, our Electric Forest owl spread out on the hood, and glowing LED lights calling you towards it! Oh yes. This was the center of our glorious EVOL Chicago base camp the past two weeks, and we could not have asked for anything more memorable.
We almost didn’t make it to the Forest this year. Two days before we were set to depart, our very own EVOL truck driver, Gene Pavelko, seriously injured his foot at a Metallica concert and needed a boot and crutches just to walk! Most people would have called it quits, but not Gene. He’s the real MVP, gaining us ADA access at Forest for a prime location directly behind the Ferris wheel that was home to our epic afters.
Weekend 1 - Getting our feet wet
The first couple days of rain didn’t stop us. EVOL Chicago set up a mini soundcamp, bringing in guest DJs to spin some amazing house until the sun came up. We proudly partnered with Alex Kislov from Good Looks Chicago to curate the dopest sunrise sets for our EVOL fam of over 300 party-goers, nightly. Much to our surprise, Pasquale Rotella, owner of Insomniac, stopped by on his golf-cart to congratulate us on throwing such awesome afters. Hi-fives all around.
Weekend 2 - Gaining a reputation
Word had spread and we knew we had to step up our game for Weekend 2. We brought in ARVII MALA from Good Looks Chicago to run the decks and secure some amazing talent. On Thursday night, ARVII MALA opened b2b with GoodSex and threw down some dirty house beats to kick off the weekend -- Chicago-style! They followed up with unforgettable sets by Yheti, Xonic, Win & Woo from Chicago. On Saturday night, our base camp was banging with the beats of local Chicago Djs, including Elevated, who played b2b with JSquared, laying down some dirty trap. After closing the Forest stage Saturday night, Pillow Talk came through to play an amazing sunrise set.
Overall, EVOL Chicago base camp definitely left a mark in Sherwood Forest this year. Much love to the hundreds of new and old friends who supported us and came out to party every night! Your enthusiastic energy and positive vibes kept us going every night! Til next year.
Special THANK YOU to all the DJs who played at EVOL Chicago Base Camp (Sound Cloud Links below)
And thanks for stopping by to party with us: