For the next few weeks, via a hand-painted mural in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood as well as being live-streamed on Pitchfork.com, the lineup for the 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival will be unveiled. Today, the first round of performers for the thirteenth annual music festival revealed a stellar list of music acts that would not disappoint.
The three day weekend will include sets from Australian psychedelic rock band Tame Impala, who hasn’t performed in America since they performed at the Panorama Music Festival in New York City last July, Chicago’s fast-rising noise rockers Melkbelly, singer-songwriters Lucy Dacus and Julien Baker, DRAM, and Raphael Saadiq.
Other highlights of the first wave of performers include This Is Not This Heat, (Sandy) Alex G, Japandroids, Kelela, Ravyn Lenae, Kelly Lee Owens, Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society, and Irreversible Entanglements. The rest of the lineup will is planning to unveil in two parts in the coming weeks.
“Each year we assemble a wide-ranging lineup of established and emerging artists whose work is making a significant impact on popular or underground music culture,” said Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber. “This focus on progressive artists who push music forward brings together like-minded fans who care deeply about where music is headed, and that sense of community distinguishes the Pitchfork Music Festival from other summer festivals. Our ultimate goal is to create the best experience for dedicated fans, and watching the festival grow and evolve each year proves that our music-first philosophy is resonating.”
“From both the standpoint of a programmer and a musician, I’m really proud that we’re experiencing a tidal wave of incredible Chicago music,” said festival director Mike Reed. “This year’s lineup reflects a tipping point of the last few years and that the greater world is truly feeling that wave as well.”
Pitchfork Music Festival returns to Chicago’s Union Park on Friday, July 20th through Sunday, July 22nd. There are three options when purchasing tickets for Pitchfork which is available to buy now. For a single day, tickets are $75 or $175 for all three days. There is a Pitchfork +Plus upgrade which comes out to $375 for a three-day pass and includes a variety of exclusive amenities such as premium food vendors and private specialty bars. For more details on tickets for the festival and where fans who would like to attend can purchase passes can find them all on the Pitchfork Music Festival’s official site here.
Friday, July 20
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
Saturday, July 21
This Is Not This Heat
Sunday, July 22
Kelly Lee Owens
(Sandy) Alex G
Photo credit: Marv Watson