This weekend is the six annual Pitchfork Festival in the online magazine’s hometown of Chicago. The festival was conceived as an effort to create a moderately priced, yet still well curated, festival for music fans. And while the festival had to bump its prices this year, it still remains one of the cheaper alternatives to the summer festival scene.
The festival is held over three days in Chicago’s Union Park, beginning on Friday. This year the festival takes place from July 15-17, and three-day passes sold out in one day. There is no camping at Pitchfork but the festival site does provide a list of hotels and hostels in the area, some with special rates.
The line-up for the two stages, Blue and Green are:
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, Toro Y Moi, 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., TV on the Radio, Superchunk, Twin Sister, Yuck
A few things to remember, there is no re-entry; professional cameras, with a detachable lens, is prohibited unless you have a photo pass; the festival is rain or shine and riding bikes to Union Park is encouraged, there is bike parking.