The festival, taking place Friday to Sunday (July 20 to 22) at Chicago’s Union Park, provides a canvas for the folks at Pitchfork to bring their website to life, giving attendees a chance to see a well-woven tapestry of heavy hitters and up-and-coming artists performing on the large stage. It also maintains an intimate and laid back feeling when compared to some of the mega festivals out there.
This year’s headliners include acts such as Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes, War On Drugs, and Lauryn Hill, who provides a 20th anniversary performance of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. Creativity, diversity, and passion are equally celebrated at the festival, not just on the stage, but also amongst the various activities being presented this year -- with fairs for crafts, records, posters and books taking place throughout the weekend. Pitchfork is also partnering this year with RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) to bring an eye and an ear to the cause of fighting sexual violence.
Tickets, both single day admission ($75) and 3-day passes ($175), are still available. For those attending, or those still on the fence, we've compiled a quick preview highlighting nine bands and artists worth circling on the schedule. With a lineup as deep at Pitchfork Music Festival's, we could have gone longer, but these are the acts that we're most excited to catch this weekend.
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Japandroids, performing Sunday @ 7:45 p.m.
With 10 years of being a band under their two belts, Japandroids deliver one of the festival’s more straight forward rock and roll performances in all the best ways. The Canadian duo will bring their power-pop anthems to the stage and likely shake a few folks out of the laid-back summer daze some of the festival’s other acts might create — particularly when the pit gets going to hits like “The House That Heaven Built” and songs off the band’s latest album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life. Japandroids are a recommended act at any festival, club, or stage.