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Pitchfork Music Festival 2015, Sunday: Faces in the crowd

Chance the Rapper closed out the weekend in front of a hometown crowd on Sunday evening at Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Chance The Rapper helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Run The Jewels helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Jamie XX helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Chance The Rapper helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Caribou helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Waxahatchee helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Chance The Rapper helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Courtney Barnett helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Viet Cong helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

Perfume Genius helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Todd Terje & the Olsens helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Viet Cong helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Chance The Rapper helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Run The Jewels helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Jamie XX helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Madlib & Freddie Gibbs helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Run The Jewels helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a day of rain and music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Todd Terje & the Olsens helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Viet Cong helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photograph: Jaclyn Elizabeth Rivas

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Waxahatchee helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photograph: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photographer: cousindaniel.com

Courtney Barnett helped close out the weekend, playing to a sold out crowd on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.
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Photo: Hallie Duesenberg

Attendees showed up prepared for a beautiful day of music on Sunday at Pitchfork Music Festival, July 19, 2015.

For some, Friday was too hot and, for most, Saturday was too wet. However, the weather at Pitchfork Music Festival on Sunday was pretty ideal for a day in mid-July. The ground in Union Park was (mostly) dry after the previous day's downpours, and those ubiquitous carpet squares were strewn over any remaining mud. The stage was set for a comfortable finale to the three-day affair.

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After easing into a hungover morning with a droning set from local synth specialists Bitchin Bajas, the day quickly kicked into gear as Canadian post-punk outfit Viet Cong delivered one of the festival’s most intense performances, ending with a cathartic 10-minute barrage of noise. Over on the main stage, Waxahatchee drew a crowd with its sludgy anthems, some of which singer Katie Crutchfield dedicated to Kathleen Hanna, who was playing across the park with her band, Julie Ruin.

Chants of “Fuck the police,” permeated a charged set by collaborators Madlib and Freddie Gibbs, who dug into tracks from last year’s Piñata, including “Harold’s,” named for one of Chicago’s best fried chicken chains. Somehow, Perfume Genius’s Blue stage set managed to drown out Madlib’s bass-heavy beats, allowing Mike Hadreas’s emotionally fraught ballads to engulf an attentive crowd. Sunny skies greeted a midday appearance by Courtney Barnett, who demonstrated clever wordplay and some of the weekend’s best guitar shredding on the main stage.

Jamie xx’s mosh pit inducing set on the Red stage kicked off a block of dance-oriented acts that dominated much of the late afternoon lineup. While Jamie’s giant disco ball was still spinning, English electronic musician Clark turned the small Blue stage crowd into a Euro-style rave, complete with bucket hats and Aphex Twin T-shirts. Back on the main stage, Caribou blended electronics with a live band, taking a refreshing, organic approach to songs from 2014’s Our Love.

Fence jumpers streaked into the park as Run the Jewels appeared onstage, launching into an energetic set that included a tease of the duo’s Meow the Jewels project as well as a guest appearance by Rage Against the Machine frontman Zack de la Rocha during “Close Your Eyes (And Count to Fuck).” The mood was a bit more subdued back by the Blue stage, where Norwegian producer Todd Terje was accompanied by saxophone, flute and bongos as he made his way through disco-tinged tracks from his excellent It’s Album Time LP.

Backed by towering risers, video screens and a full band (the Social Experiment), Chance the Rapper treated his headlining Pitchfork Music Festival set like an arena show, complete with costumes changes and back-up dancers. The crowd that showed up to watch was easily one of the weekend’s largest, likely encouraged by the fact that the set was not being streamed online. Throughout the show, Chance framed the performance as his last in Chicago for a while, referencing his desire to do some growing up outside of the city he called “the crib.” Reaching all the way back to songs from his #10Day mixtape and including cuts from the recent Surf, it was a career retrospective by an artist who has only been recording for a few years. At a festival known for providing a venue for new talent, the 22-year-old Chance came off as a seasoned veteran already primed for his next big break.

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