The side stage at Pitchfork’s annual music festival in Chicago featured some standout performances in recent years. And this year’s lineup is strong, too. The caveat is that the great bands playing the Blue stage force some difficult choices between the main stage acts. The just-released Pitchfork schedule confirms there will be some conflicts again this year.
On the Friday night of Pitchfork (July 19), Mikal Cronin begins his set on the Blue stage 10 minutes before Wire plays the big field. That’s a real shame. You have to pick between the rising star Cronin (who made one of the best albums of the year) and the legendary Wire. That same night, Woods starts 15 minutes after Angel Olsen’s Blue stage set begins.
On Saturday night, there’s another dilemma. I predict Savages and Swans will play two of the most memorable sets of the festival. But if you want to sneak over to side stage to catch Metz, you’re going to have to cut a set short.
One positive is that Union Park is relatively small and you can get between the main stages and the side stage relatively fast. (This isn’t Lollapalooza).
Here’s the full schedule.
Pitchfork rounded out the lineup for its annual three-day Chicago festival and there’s a lot to like this year. I’ve said that this is one of the most interesting music festivals regardless of headliners. The up-and-coming early acts are often a highlight for me.
The biggest name added to the fest is M.I.A., who will play Sunday night before R. Kelly (at least that’s how the schedule appears now). Also joining the lineup are indie vets Yo La Tengo (Sunday) and the punk legends of Wire (Friday).
What really excites me are the additions of Woods, Frankie Rose and Mikal Cronin Friday; Parquet Courts and Metz Saturday; and Waxahatchee and Glass Candy Sunday. But there are a number of other highlights. See the full schedule here. The festival runs July 19-21.
Pitchfork released a schedule for its three-day July festival in Union Park. The big-stage headliners are Feist Friday night, Godspeed You Black Emperor Saturday and Vampire Weekend Sunday.
Putting Grimes on a side stage Saturday may be a mistake. I wouldn’t be surprised if the area is overwhelmed Saturday night because she is going to draw a huge crowd.
Unfortunately, there’s also too much overlap for the best rock acts of the weekend. Fans who want to catch Iceage, Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall and the Men will have to do some running back and forth Sunday afternoon, missing parts of sets. Despite my bitches, it should be a great festival. Take a look here for the full schedule:
Here’s a new video from Sleigh Bells for the song Demons, off the album Reign of Terror. I admit I didn’t like Sleigh Bells following the band’s debut a couple of years ago, but I’m a fan of Reign of Terror. I’m also looking forward to seeing these guys at Pitchfork.
And here’s remix of Demons by Diplo:
Japandroids and Chromatics were added to the Pitchfork Music Festival lineup in July. The three-day fest has gotten stronger with each new band announcement. Japandroids play Friday of the festival and Chromatics play Saturday.