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Everything you need to know about the Pitchfork Music Festival

You'll find the Best New Music (and some indie rock icons) at the annual Pitchfork Music Festival


By Zach Long

Posted: Wednesday March 6 2019


Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

While other summer music festivals are content to book the same old bands over and over again, Pitchfork Music Festival is typically a breath of fresh air. Curated by the taste-making online publication, you'll find some of the most buzz-worthy names in indie rock, electronic and hip-hop performing throughout this three-day weekend in Union Park (and some of the hippest folks in Chicago taking in the sets). This year, pop-rock trio HAIM, legendary Motown act the Isley Brother and electro-pop star Robyn headline the main stage, joined by artists like Stereolab, Pusha T, Mavis Staples and Charli XCX. Before you head to the park, take a look at our guide to the most exciting acts to see, the best aftershows to attend and more essential Pitchfork Music Festival information.

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When is Pitchfork Music Festival 2019?

This year, the Pitchfork Music Festival will occur from July 19–21, 2019.

Where is Pitchfork Music Festival?

As usual, the Pitchfork Music Festival will take up residence in Union Park (1501 W Randolph St), directly next to the Ashland Green and Pink Line station.

How do I get to Pitchfork Music Festival?

There's not a lot of parking around Union Park, so public transportation will be your best friend. Luckily, the festival takes place directly next to the Ashland Green and Pink Line station. If you prefer to ride the bus, the Ashland (9) and Madison (20) routes will drop you right by the gates. Divvy riders can park their bikes at a station on the corner of Lake Street and Ashland Avenue, while bike owners will find racks on the northwest corner of Union Park.

How do I get tickets to Pitchfork Music Festival?

Go to Time Out's ticket page or the festival's official website to get three-day passes and single-day tickets.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019

Pitchfork Music Festival 2019 lineup

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

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Photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2018, Sunday

Ms. Lauryn Hill capped off another incredible weekend of music

Photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2018, Saturday

R&B singer Kelela, a funky set from Raphael Saadiq and cool temperatures made day two shine

Photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2018, Friday

Dark clouds gave way to thunderous sets from Saba and Mount Kimbie at day one of the fest

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 lineup

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