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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, rap & hip-hop, electronica, and dance music, although it has also included acts from hardcore punk, experimental/avant-garde 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.
2015 Pitchfork Music Festival
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.
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, Ratatat, 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
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.
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, 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
2013 Pitchfork Music Festival
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.
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
2012 Pitchfork Music Festival
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.
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
2011 Pitchfork Music Festival
The 2011 Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 15–17 at Union Park. Three-day passes for the event sold out in one day.
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
2010 Pitchfork Music Festival
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.
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
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."
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
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.
Friday: Mission of Burma (performing Vs.), Public Enemy (performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back), Sebadoh (performing Bubble and 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
The 2007 Pitchfork Music Festival was held on July 13–15, 2007, again in Union Park. The festival was sold out with 48,000 visitors.
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, Nomo
2006 Pitchfork Music Festival
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, Dominik Eulberg, 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.
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.
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
Pitchfork Music Festival