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North Coast Music Festival 2012: Lineup Includes Pretty Lights, Big Boi, Steve Aoki (PHOTOS)

Posted: 04/17/2012 6:31 pm Updated: 04/17/2012 7:06 pm

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Big Boi plays at the Austin City Limits Music Festival in Austin, Texas, Friday, Sept. 16, 2011. Big Boi will play Chicago's North Coast Music Festival over Labor Day weekend. (AP Photo/William Philpott)

Chicago's North Coast Music Festival on Tuesday unveiled the initial lineup of acts playing its third-annual edition this Labor Day weekend in Union Park.

Headliners among the electronic, jam and hip-hop-oriented festival's "first wave" of acts include Pretty Lights, Atmosphere, Big Boi, Steve Aoki, YACHT, Dan Deacon and The Rapture. DJs Steve Angello and Axwell, both of Swedish House Mafia, also are slated to play the festival.

As Time Out Chicago notes, the lineup is still likely to evolve considerably before it is finalized, as last year many headliner-level acts were not announced by festival organizers right off the bat.

RedEye reports that the festival -- which bills itself as "summer's last stand" -- sold a limited number of $62 festival passes through a Groupon early Tuesday, but that bargain sold out after all of a half hour.

Regular-priced tickets for the three-day festival are still available for $110 (plus a nearly $18 service charge). VIP three-day passes will set you back nearly $400 after service charges are factored in. Last year, tickets to two of the event's three days sold out. Single-day tickets to the 2012 festival are not yet available.

Last week, the more affordable, electronic-geared Wavefront Music Festival, to be held June 30-July 1 on Montrose Beach, also announced its lineup, which boasts Duck Sauce, Erick Morillo, Sasha and Boys Noize.

Check out photos and videos from some of the biggest acts playing North Coast this year:

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  • Paul Oakenfold

    Paul Oakenfold's "Ready Set Go"

  • Pretty Lights

    DJ Derek Vincent Smith and musician Cory Eberhard of Pretty Lights perform during day one of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2010 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2010 in Indio, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

  • Umphrey's McGee

    Umphrey's McGee's "Much Obliged" performed live at The Riviera Theatre in Chicago. The Second set opener for the first show in a series of three.

  • Knife Party

    Pendulum duo Rob Swire and Gareth McGrillen's present their new under the radar project 'Knife Party'.

  • Big Boi

    Rapper Big Boi (L) performs during the 2011 Governors Ball music festival on Governors Island on June 18, 2011 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Coppola/Getty Images)

  • Steve Aoki

    Fans crowd surfs while DJ Steve Aoki spins a special set with an audience of fans on Electric Area at SiriusXM Studio on February 17, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Cindy Ord/Getty Images)

  • Atmosphere

    Slug of Atmosphere performs during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 8, 2009 in Chicago. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)

  • Girl Talk

    INDIO, CA - APRIL 15: Girl Talk performs onstage during day 3 of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival at the Empire Polo Field on April 15, 2012 in Indio, California. (Photo by Karl Walter/Getty Images for Coachella)

  • DJ Chuckie

    DJ Chuckie's "Aftershock"

  • Yelawolf

    Yelawolf's "Pop The Trunk"

  • EOTO

    Electronic dub step duo EOTO keep Sullivan Hall up late with cutting edge blend of live, improvised dance music.

  • BoomBox

    BoomBox performing "Head Change" at the Fox Theatre in Boulder, CO, produced by Suckytime Productions and the Madero Group.

  • People Under the Stairs

    People Under the Stairs' "San Francisco Knights"

  • Future Rock

    Future Rock performs "Reaching New Heitz" on 12/31/2009 at The Kinetic Playground in Chicago.

  • YACHT

  • Felix Da Housecat

  • The Rapture

    Luke Jenner of The Rapture performs on stage during the 2008 Good Vibrations Festival on Heirisson Island February 17, 2008 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

  • Steve Angello

    Steve Angello performs at Global Gathering on July 29, 2011 in Warwick, England. (Photo by Tony Woolliscroft/Getty Images)

  • Dan Deacon

    Dan Deacon performs during the 2009 Lollapalooza music festival at Grant Park on August 9, 2009 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Jeff Gentner/Getty Images)

  • Axwell

    Axwell performs at Global Gathering on July 30, 2011 in Warwick, England. (Photo by Tony Woolliscroft/Getty Images)

  • Excision

    Excision aka Jeff Abel performs during Day 1 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 15, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Michael Tullberg/Getty Images)

  • King Khan & the Shrines

    Musician King Khan of the band King Khan and the Shrines performs during day 3 of the Coachella Valley Music & Art Festival 2010 held at The Empire Polo Club on April 18, 2010 in Indio, California. (Photo by Charley Gallay/Getty Images)

  • Alesso

  • Van Ghost

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