Festival Spotlight: Indie Paradise at Pitchfork

Trash Talk at Pitchfork 2013. Photo Credit: Jason Bergman for Pitchfork

Trash Talk at Pitchfork 2013. Photo Credit: Jason Bergman for Pitchfork

Festival Spotlight is a column devoted to introducing our fans to festivals around the world. We cover everything from large multi-day monster concerts to indie fringe fests. 

Much like their groundbreaking website, the Pitchfork Music Festival has always existed just outside the mainstream. Sure, it’s a major downtown festival with a few major headliners, but this festival’s strength has always been showcasing artists on the rise from around the world. As Pitchfork embarks on nearly ten years as a  festival, this indie upstart has become one of the veteran highlights of the Chicago summer.

The Stats

Founded: 2006
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Venue: Union Park
Dates: Typically held mid-July
Number of Days: 3
Attendance: 45,000-50,000 (3-day total)
Genre: Indie rock, hip-hop, electronic
Alumni: Band of Horses, Bjork,  Yo La Tengo, Public Enemy, Beach House, De La Soul, Built To Spill, The National, Matt & Kim, Modes Mouse, Purity Ring, Vampire Weekend

Watch

Check out over 57 acts from the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival:

Helpful Links

Official Website: pitchforkfestival.com
Facebook: facebook.com/pitchforkmedia
Twitter: @PitchForkFest

We are the Music Festival Junkies -- a loose coalition of writers, photographers, artists, and musicians roadtripping around the world in search of the "perfect" music festival.

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