Pitchfork Music Festival
|Pitchfork Music Festival|
|Dates||Third weekend of July (Chicago)|
Last weekend of October or first weekend of November (Paris)
Second weekend of May (Berlin)
|Location(s)||Union Park, Chicago|
Grande Halle de la Villette, Paris, France (2011-present)
Tempodrom, Berlin, Germany (2020)
|Years active||2006–2019, 2021–present|
The Pitchfork Music Festival is an annual summer music festival organized by Pitchfork Media and held in Union Park in Chicago, Illinois. Starting in 2011, the festival announced a branch staged in Paris at Grande halle de la Villette. 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. While it started as a showcase for just the "cutting edge", it later took on a broader depth and vision, keeping the cutting-edge focus but also including important artists and acts that have influenced newer performers and artists. Starting in 2020, it announced a branch staged in Berlin at Tempodrom.
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.
Sunday: Big Thief, Phoebe Bridgers, DJ Nate, Dogleg, Dustin Laurenzi's Snaketime, Kim Gordon, The Hecks, Mariah the Scientist, Maxo Kream, The National, Caroline Polachek, Rapsody, Faye Webster, Yaeji
Saturday: The Isley Brothers, Belle & Sebastian, Stereolab, Kurt Vile, Jeremih, Parquet Courts, Freddie Gibbs, Amber Mark, Jay Som, Cate Le Bon, Bitchin Bajas (replacing Tirzah), CHAI, Ric Wilson, Lala Lala
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.
The 2017 festival was held July 14–16 at Union Park in Chicago. The headliners were LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, and Solange. 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
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
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
The 2014 Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 18–20 at Union Park in Chicago. The event's headliners were Beck, Neutral Milk Hotel, and Kendrick Lamar. Three-day passes for the festival sold out by the beginning of April.
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
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
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. The headliners were Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, and Vampire Weekend.
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
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
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. 2010 marked the first and only year that the festival included a stand-up comedy stage.
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
The 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival was held July 17–19, 2009. 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."
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
The 2008 Pitchfork Music Festival was held July 18–20, 2008. Three-day passes for the event sold out in May. 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.
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
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.
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.
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, 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
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.
Thursday: sean, Master Peace, Retro X, Yussef Dayes
Cafe de la Danse
Tuesday: Lauren Auder, IDER, Let's Eat Grandma
Wednesday: Naaz, Kelsey Lu, Cautious Clay
Tuesday: Weakened Friends, Holiday Sidewinder, Alaskalaska
La Chapelle des Lombards
Wednesday: Helena Deland, Gold Star, Honey Harper
Tuesday: Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, Mellah, Westerman, Apollo Noir
Wednesday: Madison McFerrin, Hatchie, Yuno
Tuesday: Khadyak, Grand Pax, Jockstrap
The 2017 Paris festival was held on November 2–4. The headliners were The National, Jungle and Run the Jewels. Pitchfork also hosted Avant-Garde, a block party held on October 31 and November 1.
Tuesday: NOLIFE, Sorry, Bryan's Magic Treats
Wednesday: Bad Nerves, The Pale White, Priests
Café de la Danse
Tuesday: Mavi Phoenix, Obongjayar, A2, Benny Mails
Wednesday: Matt Maltese, Angelo De Augustine, Wovoka Gentle
Pop Up Du Label
Tuesday: K Á R Y Y N, Lido Pimienta, Tennyson
Wednesday: Soleil Vert, Pauli, Oko Ebombo
Tuesday: Ary, SuperParka, Malca, You Man
Tuesday: Puma Blue, Yellow Days, Pinegrove
Wednesday: Silly Boy Blue, Yowl, Vagabon
Café de la Danse
Wednesday: Skott, Jordan Rakei, Requin Chagrin
Wednesday: Fhin, Dark0, Kenton Slash Demon
Pop-Up du Label
Tuesday: Alfie Connor, Connie Constance, Cleopold
Wednesday: Pi Ja Ma, Beaty Heart, Isaac Gracie
Tuesday: Faroe, Cameron A G, Okay Kaya
Café de la Presse
Tuesday: Manast LL', Kweku Collins, Jones
Wednesday: Salute, Tirzah, Tommy Genesis
- Pitchfork & RBMA After Parties
- Opening Night (Tuesday)
- RBMA presents Pitchfork After Party #1 at Trabendo
Friday: Omar S, Galcher Lustwerk, Andre Bratten, Cosmo, k2k
- Opening Party
- After Party
- Opening Night
- After Party
Saturday: Isaac Delusion, Cloud Nothings, Purity Ring, Twin Shadow, Liars, Death Grips, Breton, Grizzly Bear, Disclosure, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Rustie, Simian Mobile Disco, Julio Bashmore
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|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Pitchfork Music Festival.|
- Official website (Chicago)
- Official website (Paris)
- Official website (Berlin)
- Cokemachineglow 4-part coverage
- Pitchfork TV has many past performances from 2007 and 2008 Pitchfork Music Festivals
- Gigposters Gigposter's page of Pitchfork Music Festival's concert posters
- Riverfront Times coverage of Pitchfork Music Festival 2008