Pitchfork is a well-known media publication that was launched in the mid-90’s by a Chicago-based mass media powerhouse- Condé Nast. Pitchfork’s slogan is “the most trusted voice in music” and they aren’t wrong! The online media publication developed a reputation for it extensive focus on independent music, but has since broadened its reach—and man, do they know what they are talking about. Their writers are some of the first to uncover hidden gems in the music world.
Back in 2006, Pitchfork Music Festival was born. The festival is located on Chicago’s near West side in Union Park. This park is home to another festival, North Coast Music Festival, which closes out Chicago’s summer. The difference between the two festivals in the same location is remarkable. Occurring each July, Pitchfork is truly one of the of the most unique summer music festival lineups offered. This festival brings together indie rockers, influential hip-hop artists, and the most underground experimental performers that have yet to make it big. This year the lineup consists of rock legends LCD Soundsystem, R&B queen Solange, Funk master George Clinton and hip-hop guru’s A Tribe Called Quest.
Unlike many festivals, every day at Pitchfork is stacked with multiple acts worth sticking around for. Friday has LCD Soundsystem, Dirty Projectors, Danny Brown, Vince Staples, Kamaiyah, Priests and many more. Saturday offers A Tribe Called Quest, PJ Harvey, Angel Olsen, George Clinton and more, while on Sunday we can get down with Solange, The Avalanches, Derrick Carter, and more.
Another great aspect of Pitchfork is that it’s a ‘scene’ that revolves around a lifestyle and not just the artists. At Pitchfork you’re bound to see a few things- a man with a beard wearing short shorts, girls wearing intricate hipster outfits, and most importantly experience some of the hottest new bands in indie, hip-hop, and underground music. The people, the clothes, and the music make this festival unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.