Pitchfork Music Festival
October 31-November 2, Parc de la Villette
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 for the first time last year and took over La Grande Halle de la Villette in style, instantly rivalling homegrown Les Inrocks for indie discoveries. This year the line-up includes Hot Chip, Deerhunter, Yo La Tengo, Ariel Pink and The Knife, and promising, less well-known acts like Jagwar Ma, Savages and Petit Fantôme.
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