Headliner Belle & Sebastian brings the sound Saturday night at Pitchfork and there’s no shortage of bands to bring the fury. Swans, Savages, Metz, Pissed Jeans and others will offer hard-sound sets.
All of that seems to evaporate by just after 6 p.m. when the night gives way to a much less confrontational group of performances, including Breeders, (Beyonce’s sister) Solange and the Glasgow pop act oddly slotted as headliner. Must see: Savages, Swans.
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.
The Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this July is getting more interesting with the addition of Swans, Foxygen and Breeders. I’m also looking forward to seeing Angel Olsen and Mac Demarco.
And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Our Dead used to play some killer shows. I’ll be eager to see if those guys still have some fire. Trash Talk should be a fun set. More bands are expected to be announced in the coming weeks. I wasn’t blown away by the previously announced headliners: Bjork, Belle & Sebastian and R. Kelly.
Foxygen also plays a sold-out show at Lincoln Hall Thursday.
I predict dark clouds will form around the stage as soon as Swans go on.