Pitchfork's website started out in 1995, covering the world of independent rock. Very quickly, the webzine achieved cult status, followed by hundreds of thousands who relied on the site to discover the next big things on the indie scene, be it pop or electro-rock. But its reputation was slowly worn away by excessive underground snobbery, and today the festivals are the best places to experience Pitchfork's spirit for discovering the best new acts – including Arcade Fire and Broken Social Scene.
The Chicago festival was founded in 2006 and was exported to Paris in 2012, when it took over the La Grande Halle de la Villette in style for its inaugural edition. Last year's festival was bigger and a whole lot juicier, rivalling homegrown Les Inrocks for sheer indie cool. This year, the line-up includes headliners James Blake, Belle & Sebastian and Kaytranada; Jon Hopkins, Mogwai, Jamie xx and Jungle all feature, as well as dance festival stalwarts Four Tet and Caribou.
Weekend tickets are €110; day passes come in at €49. For more information, click here. For our tips on what to do in Paris during the festival, check out our bespoke Pitchfork hot list.
Pitchfork weekend guide
This year's lineup may be relentless thrilling, but everybody (well, almost everybody) needs some downtime between raves. As always, we have you covered, with our hot list of things to do around Paris during the Pitchfork weekend. Whether you're after a milkshake to line your stomach or a record store to research your new favourite acts, our guide will point you in the right direction. If you manage to tick it all off, head back to our home page for daily updates on the best restaurants, cultural events and nightlife.Read more