We have always considered the Pygmalion Festival, a great downstate music and literature event, a sort of Pitchfork Festival Jr. Indeed, the annual summer music festival in Champaign has booked an impressive, Pitchfork-worthy lineup for its 2015 edition, September 23–27.
On the bill are reunited shoegazer pioneer Ride, the electro-pop duos Purity Ring and Sylvan Esso, as well as Tune-Yards, Betty Who and Bully. The top headliner remains TBA. The Pitchforkiness of it all runs much deeper, as some faces from the website like Jessica Hopper, Chris Kaskie and Brendan Stusoy will be on hand to speak and read. Taking a cue from SXSW, Pygmalion is adding a tech element this year, nabbing name speakers like Stephen Wolfram (the man behind the amazing WolframAlpha), sports/film writer Will Leitch and many more.
Check out the complete lineup below.