For the past decade-plus, the Pitchfork Music Festival has been bringing generally very well-curated weekend-long parties to Chicago’s Union Park. As festival go, it’s on the smaller side. I’ve been to most editions of the festival, and I’ve found it to be consistently the best-run, most generally pleasant festival experience that I’ve had. (I used to work for Pitchfork, and I’m friends with plenty of people on staff, so I’m biased. But I can promise that it’s a good festival.)
This year’s edition of the festival is coming to Union Park 7/20-22, and the festival’s organizers have just unveiled the final installment this year’s lineup. They announced the lineup over weeks, with an artist painting many of the festival performers’ names on a mural, painstakingly slowly, during a faintly infuriating livestream. But now the whole lineup has arrived, and it’s a good one.
One fascinating headliner is Ms. Lauryn Hill, who will perform her classic 1998 album The Miseducation Of Ms. Lauryn Hill — still the only solo studio album she’s ever released — in its entirety. She’ll share headlining duties with Tame Impala and Fleet Foxes. The rest of the bill also features the War On Drugs, Courtney Barnett, Chaka Khan, DRAM, Blood Orange, Mount Kimbie, Julien Baker, Raphael Saadiq, Moses Sumney, Japandroids, Kelela, Girlpool, Big Thief, Earl Sweatshirt, Noname, (Sandy) Alex G, Syd, Zola Jesus, Lucy Dacus, Japanese Breakfast, and many others. Check out the full day-by-day breakdown below.
Open Mike Eagle
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
The War on Drugs
This Is Not This Heat
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Circuit des Yeux
Ms. Lauryn Hill (The Miseducation Of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Performance)
(Sandy) Alex G
Kelly Lee Owens
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