Pitchfork Music Festival

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Pitchfork Music Festival
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GenreAlternative rock, indie rock, electronic, hip hop
DatesThird weekend of July (Friday to Sunday)
Location(s)Union Park, Chicago
Years active2006–present
Founded byPitchfork

The Pitchfork Music Festival is an annual summer music festival organized by Pitchfork Media and held in Union Park in Chicago, IL. The festival, which is normally held over three days (Friday, Saturday, and Sunday) in July, focuses primarily on artists and bands from alternative rock, hip hop, electronica, and dance music, although it has also ranged into hardcore punk, experimental rock, and jazz in its lineups.

In addition to music, the Pitchfork Festival also includes food, beverages, art, and gig posters from local, regional, and national vendors. The Pitchfork Festival also hosts a record fair that is organized and managed by CHIRP Radio, a Chicago community radio station.

2019 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2019 festival will be held July 19-21 at Union Park in Chicago. The headliners are Haim, The Isley Brothers, and Robyn.

Friday: Haim, Mavis Staples, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt, Sky Ferreira, Low, Soccer Mommy, Julia Holter, Grapetooth, Rico Nasty, Valee, Standing on the Corner, MIKE, Great Black Ensemble

Saturday: The Isley Brothers, Belle & Sebastian, Stereolab, Kurt Vile, Jeremih, Parquet Courts, Freddie Gibbs, Amber Mark, Jay Som, Cate Le Bon, Tirzah, CHAI, Ric Wilson, Lala Lala

Sunday: Robyn, Charli XCX, Whitney, Khruangbin, Clairo, Snail Mail, Neneh Cherry, Ibeyi, Amen Dunes, JPEGMAFIA, Flasher, Black Midi, Dreezy, Tasha

2018 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2018 festival was held July 20-22 at Union Park in Chicago. The headliners were Tame Impala, Fleet Foxes, and Ms. Lauryn Hill.

Friday: The Curls, Melkbelly, Lucy Dacus, Julie Byrne, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, Open Mike Eagle, Saba, Syd, Julien Baker, Tierra Whack (replacing Earl Sweatshirt), Big Thief, Courtney Barnett, Mount Kimbie, Tame Impala

Saturday: Paul Cherry, Berhana, Zola Jesus, Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, Nilüfer Yanya, Circuit des Yeux, Moses Sumney, Raphael Saadiq, Girlpool, Blood Orange, This Is Not This Heat, The War on Drugs, Kelela, Fleet Foxes

Sunday: Nnamdi Ogbonnaya, Irreversible Entanglements, Kweku Collins, Kelly Lee Owens, Ravyn Lenae, Japanese Breakfast, Smino, Noname, Alex Cameron, DRAM, (Sandy) Alex G, Chaka Khan, Japandroids, Ms. Lauryn Hill.

2017 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2017 festival was held July 14-16 at Union Park in Chicago. The headliners were LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange.[1] The festival marked A Tribe Called Quest's first live concert appearance in the US since the death of founding member Phife Dawg.

Friday: Arca & Jesse Kanda, Danny Brown, Dawn Richard, Dirty Projectors, Frankie Cosmos, Hiss Golden Messenger, Kamaiyah, LCD Soundsystem, Madame Gandhi, Priests, Thurston Moore Group, Vince Staples, William Tyler

Saturday: A Tribe Called Quest, Angel Olsen, Arab Strap, Cherry Glazerr, The Feelies, Francis and the Lights, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Jeff Rosenstock, Madlib, Mitski, PJ Harvey, S U R V I V E, Vagabon, Weyes Blood

Sunday: American Football, The Avalanches (Did not perform), Colin Stetson, Derrick Carter, Hamilton Leithauser, Isaiah Rashad, Jamila Woods, Kilo Kish, NE-HI, Nicolas Jaar, Pinegrove, Ride, Solange

2016 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2016 Pitchfork Music Festival took place on July 15–17 at Union Park in Chicago.[2] The headliners were Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, and FKA twigs. Other notable performers were Jeremih, Miguel, Broken Social Scene, Carly Rae Jepsen, Sun Ra Arkestra, Car Seat Headrest, ANDERSON .Paak & the Free Nationals, Brian Wilson, and Super Furry Animals

Friday: Beach House, Broken Social Scene, Car Seat Headrest, Julia Holter, Mick Jenkins, Carly Rae Jepsen, Moses Sumney, The Range, Shamir, Twin Peaks, Whitney, Woods

Saturday: ANDERSON .Paak & the Free Nationals, BJ the Chicago Kid, Blood Orange, Brian Wilson (performing the Beach Boys album Pet Sounds), Circuit des Yeux, Martin Courtney, Digable Planets, Girl Band, Holly Herndon, Jenny Hval, Jlin, Kevin Morby, Royal Headache, RP Boo, Savages, Sufjan Stevens, Super Furry Animals

Sunday: Empress Of, FKA twigs, Holy Ghost!, The Hotelier, Jeremih, Kamasi Washington, LUH., Miguel, NAO, Neon Indian, Oneman, Oneohtrix Point Never, Porches, Sun Ra Arkestra, Thundercat

2015 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 17–19 at Union Park in Chicago. The event's headliners were Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and Chance the Rapper.[3]

Friday: Chvrches, Steve Gunn, Iceage, iLoveMakonnen, Tobias Jesso Jr., Mac Demarco, Ought, Panda Bear, Natalie Prass, Jessica Pratt, Ryley Walker, Wilco

Saturday: ASAP Ferg, Bully, Ex Hex, Future Brown, Future Islands, Jimmy Whispers, Vic Mensa, Mr Twin Sister, The New Pornographers, Parquet Courts, Ariel Pink, Protomartyr, Shamir, Sleater-Kinney, Towkio, Kurt Vile and the Violators

Sunday: Bitchin Bajas, Caribou, Chance the Rapper, Clark, A. G. Cook, Courtney Barnett, How to Dress Well, Jamie xx, The Julie Ruin, Madlib & Freddie Gibbs, Mourn, Perfume Genius, Run the Jewels, Single Mothers, Todd Terje & The Olsens, Viet Cong, Waxahatchee

2014 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

Italian record producer Giorgio Moroder at Pitchfork Music Festival

The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 18–20 at Union Park in Chicago.[4] The event's headliners were Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Kendrick Lamar.[5] Other notable performers were Grimes, Pusha T, Danny Brown, Giorgio Moroder, Schoolboy Q, Slowdive, St. Vincent, Neneh Cherry, SZA, and FKA twigs. Three-day passes for the festival sold out by the beginning of April.[6]

Friday: Avey Tare's Slasher Flicks, Beck, Neneh Cherry with RocketNumberNine, Factory Floor, The Haxan Cloak, Hundred Waters, Giorgio Moroder, Isaiah Rashad, SZA, Sun Kil Moon, Sharon Van Etten

Saturday: Danny Brown, Circulatory System, Cloud Nothings, Empress of, FKA Twigs, The Julie Ruin (cancelled), Ka, Kelela, Mas Ysa, Neutral Milk Hotel, Pusha T, The Range, St. Vincent, tUnE-yArDs, Twin Peaks, Wild Beasts

Sunday: DIIV, DJ Spinn, Deafheaven, Dum Dum Girls, Earl Sweatshirt, Grimes, Jon Hopkins, Hudson Mohawke, Kendrick Lamar, Majical Cloudz, Mutual Benefit, Perfect Pussy, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Slowdive, Speedy Ortiz[7]

2013 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 19–21 at Union Park in Chicago. The event's headliners were Björk, Belle & Sebastian, and R. Kelly.[8] Other notable performers were Mac DeMarco, Savages, The Breeders, Solange, M.I.A., Yo La Tengo, Blood Orange, Wire, Swans, Sky Ferreira, Lil B, and Joanna Newsom.

Friday: Björk, Mikal Cronin, Daughn Gibson, Joanna Newsom, Angel Olsen, Frankie Rose, Trash Talk, Mac DeMarco, Wire, Woods

Saturday: ...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead, Belle & Sebastian, The Breeders (performing Last Splash), Ryan Hemsworth, Julia Holter, Low, Merchandise, Metz, KEN mode, Parquet Courts, Pissed Jeans, Phosphorescent, Rustie, Savages, Solange, Andy Stott, Swans, White Lung

Sunday: Autre Ne Veut, Blood Orange, Chairlift, DJ Rashad, Evian Christ, El-P, Foxygen, Glass Candy, Killer Mike, Lil B, M.I.A., R. Kelly, Sky Ferreira, TNGHT, Toro Y Moi, Tree, Waxahatchee, Yo La Tengo[9]

2012 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 13–15 at Union Park in Chicago. Three day passes went on sale March 9 and sold out by the end of the month.[10] The headliners were Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Vampire Weekend.

Friday: ASAP Rocky, Willis Earl Beal, Big K.R.I.T., Clams Casino, Dirty Projectors, Feist, Tim Hecker, Japandroids, Lower Dens, The Olivia Tremor Control, Outer Minds, Purity Ring

Saturday: The Atlas Moth, Atlas Sound, Danny Brown, Chromatics, Cloud Nothings, Cults, Flying Lotus, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Grimes, Hot Chip, Nicolas Jaar, Liturgy, Lotus Plaza, Schoolboy Q, The Psychic Paramount, Sleigh Bells, Wild Flag, Youth Lagoon

Sunday: AraabMuzik, Beach House, Chavez, Dirty Beaches, The Field, Iceage, Kendrick Lamar, A Lull, King Krule, The Men, Milk Music, Oneohtrix Point Never, Real Estate, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Vampire Weekend[11][12]

2011 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 15–17 at Union Park.[13] Three-day passes for the event sold out in one day.[14]

Friday: Animal Collective, Battles, James Blake, Curren$y, Das Racist, EMA, Gatekeeper, Guided by Voices, Neko Case, Thurston Moore, Tune-Yards

Saturday: Julianna Barwick, Chrissy Murderbot, Cold Cave, Destroyer, The Dismemberment Plan, DJ Shadow, Fleet Foxes, G-Side, Gang Gang Dance, No Age, Off!, Sun Airway, Twin Shadow, Wild Nothing, Woods, Zola Jesus

Sunday: Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti, Baths, Cut Copy, Darkstar, Deerhunter, The Fresh & Onlys, Health, How to Dress Well, Kurt Vile, Kylesa, OFWGKTA, Shabazz Palaces, The Radio Dept., Toro Y Moi, TV on the Radio, Superchunk, Twin Sister, Yuck[15][16][17]

2010 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The fifth annual Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 16–18 at Union Park. Three-day passes for the festival sold out in under a week.[18] 2010 marked the first and only year that the festival included a stand-up comedy stage.

Friday (Music Stages): Broken Social Scene, El-P, Liars, Modest Mouse, Robyn, The Tallest Man on Earth

Friday (Comedy Stage): Hannibal Buress, Wyatt Cenac, Eugene Mirman, Michael Showalter

Saturday: Sharon Van Etten, Bear in Heaven, Dâm-Funk, Delorean, Free Energy, Freddie Gibbs, The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, LCD Soundsystem, Netherfriends, Panda Bear, Raekwon, Real Estate, The Smith Westerns, Sonny & the Sunsets, Titus Andronicus, Kurt Vile, Why?, Wolf Parade

Sunday: Allá, Beach House, Best Coast, Big Boi, CAVE, Girls, Here We Go Magic, Lightning Bolt, Local Natives, Major Lazer, Cass McCombs, Neon Indian, Pavement, St. Vincent, Sleigh Bells, Surfer Blood, Washed Out

2009 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival was held July 17–19, 2009.[19] On Friday night all of the performing bands played sets consisting of songs voted for online by ticket-holders in an event Pitchfork called "Write the Night: Set Lists by Request."[20]

Friday: Built to Spill, The Jesus Lizard, Tortoise, Yo La Tengo

Saturday: The Antlers, Beirut, Black Lips, Bowerbirds, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Disappears, DOOM, The Dutchess and the Duke, Final Fantasy, Fucked Up, Lindstrøm, Matt and Kim, The National, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Plants and Animals, Ponytail, Wavves, Yeasayer

Sunday: Blitzen Trapper, DJ/Rupture, Dianogah, The Flaming Lips, Frightened Rabbit, Grizzly Bear, Japandroids, Killer Whales, M83, The Mae Shi, Mew, Michael Columbia, Pharoahe Monch, The Thermals, The Very Best, Vivian Girls, The Walkmen, Women

2008 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival was held July 18–20, 2008. Three-day passes for the event sold out in May.[21] On Friday night the promotion company All Tomorrow's Parties again collaborated with Pitchfork to present a "Don't Look Back" stage, on which all of the evening's bands performed one of their classic albums in its entirety.

Friday: Mission of Burma (performing Vs.), Public Enemy (performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back), Sebadoh (performing Bubble & Scrape)

Saturday: !!!, Animal Collective, Atlas Sound, Boban & Marko Markovic Orkestar, Caribou, Elf Power, Extra Golden, Jarvis Cocker, Dizzee Rascal, Fleet Foxes, Fuck Buttons, A Hawk and a Hacksaw, The Hold Steady, Icy Demons, Jay Reatard, No Age, The Ruby Suns, Titus Andronicus, Vampire Weekend

Sunday: The Apples in Stereo, Bon Iver, Boris, Cut Copy, Dinosaur Jr., Dirty Projectors, The Dodos, Ghostface and Raekwon, Health, High Places, King Khan and the Shrines, Les Savy Fav, M. Ward, Mahjongg, Occidental Brothers Dance Band International, Spiritualized, Spoon, Times New Viking

2007 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

Slint at Pitchfork Music Festival

The 2007 Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 13–15, 2007, again in Union Park. The festival was sold out[22] with 48,000 visitors.[23]

On the festival's opening night all of the performing bands played all the songs from one of their classic albums. These three sets were part of a collaboration with British promoters All Tomorrow's Parties as part of their "Don't Look Back" series.

During the 2007 festival, musician and performance artist Yoko Ono performed "Mulberries," a song about her time in the countryside after the Japanese collapse in World War II, for only the third time in her life, with Thurston Moore from Sonic Youth; Ono had previously performed the song once with her husband John Lennon and once with her son Sean Lennon.

Friday: GZA (performing Liquid Swords), Slint (performing Spiderland), Sonic Youth (performing Daydream Nation)

Saturday (Mainstages): Battles, Califone, Cat Power and Dirty Delta Blues Band, Clipse, Grizzly Bear, Iron & Wine, Mastodon, Yoko Ono, The Twilight Sad, Voxtrot

Saturday (Tent): Beach House, Girl Talk, Dan Deacon, Fujiya & Miyagi, Ken Vandermark's Powerhouse Sound, Oxford Collapse, Professor Murder, William Parker Quartet

Sunday (Mainstages): De La Soul, Deerhunter, Junior Boys, Jamie Lidell, Stephen Malkmus, Menomena, The New Pornographers, of Montreal, The Ponys, The Sea and Cake

Sunday (Tent): Brightblack Morning Light, Cadence Weapon, The Cool Kids, Craig Taborn's Junk Magic, The Field, Fred Lonberg-Holm's Lightbox Orchestra, Klaxons (band), Nomo

2006 Pitchfork Music Festival[edit]

The 2006 Pitchfork Music Festival was the first festival organized and run entirely by Pitchfork Media. This was also the only year that the Pitchfork and Intonation Music Festivals were held in the same year. The 2006 Pitchfork festival drew more than 35,000 visitors to listen to 41 bands on July 29 and 30.[24]

Saturday: 8 Bold Souls, Art Brut, Band of Horses, Tyondai Braxton, Chicago Underground Duo, Chin Up Chin Up, Matthew Dear, Destroyer, Flosstradamus, The Futureheads, Ghislain Poirier, Hot Machines, Man Man, The Mountain Goats, Silver Jews, Ted Leo and the Pharmacists, The Walkmen

Sunday: Aesop Rock, Ada, Bonde do Role, Cansei de Ser Sexy, Devendra Banhart, Chicago Festivals, Danielson Famile, Diplo, Glenn Kotche, Jeff Parker/Nels Cline Quartet, Jens Lekman, Liars, Mission of Burma, The National, Os Mutantes, Spoon, Tapes 'n Tapes, Tarantula A.D. aka Priestbird, Yo La Tengo

2005 Intonation Music Festival[edit]

In 2005 Pitchfork Media was hired by a music promotion company called Skyline Chicago to curate the Intonation Festival at Union Park in Chicago. While this was not technically the "Pitchfork Music Festival," because of Pitchfork Media's prominent role in the event as well as its future success in staging similar festivals at the same location, many Chicagoans and music fans consider the 2005 event to be for all intents and purposes the first Pitchfork festival and refer to it by that name.

The event's featured performers included Tortoise, The Wrens, The Decemberists, The Go! Team, Les Savy Fav, Broken Social Scene, Andrew Bird, and The Hold Steady.


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