Pitchfork music festival, now in its eighth year, is produced by the people behind the indie-rock bastion Pitchfork Media—essentially, a music festival put on by people who frequent music festivals. Held in Union Park, a small patch of grass on Chicago’s north side, a few dozen carefully selected bands are spread out over three days on three stages. The collection of pop and indie pretty accurately encompasses the music website’s taste, while indie clothing retailers and a vinyl record tent represented its lifestyle.
An annual music festival held here in Chicago, Pitchfork Music Festival will take place July 19-21 in Union Park. While most bands haven’t been confirmed–the festival usually has over 40 artists–Pitchfork announced three headliners today: R. Kelly, Björk, and Belle and Sebastian….
Having been running music festivals since 2005 (R.I.P. Intonation Festival!), Pitchfork is a saavy crew of promoters at this point. No longer the minor league for Lolla, the fests now regularly trade headliners (Hot Chip and Feist have both played Lolla previously; Vampire Weekend are pulling off the rare Pitchfork-Lolla-Pitchfork appearance) and the audience might be less 20-something face-painted scenesters and more 30-year-olds with blankets. But audience-schmaudience! Let’s talk about the entertainment.
Despite what my mother says, I do leave my house occasionally (and I’m not a nerd, dammit). It’s my job. Kind of. To go out in the world and to find junk to write about. And, you know, some of the junk I’ve found is great. Really great. Looking back over 2011, here are five of my favorite things that’ll be back in 2012. So leave your house in 2012! Go to these cool things! Prove to your mother that you’re not a nerd!
Cheaper than other music festivals of its ilk (at only $45 bucks a day), Pitchfork Music Festival is a bright light in the bleak landscape of a summer filled with too much of the same old same old. So why not go?