Pitchfork Music Festival

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

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Photograph: Jaclyn Rivas

There are a few things you can expect to see at Pitchfork Music Festival each summer—a guy with a beard wearing a Supreme hat; a cavalcade of ironic T-shirts; and, most importantly, the hottest new acts in indie rock, hip-hop and the underground. This year, Aussie psych outfit Tame Impala, veteran indie-rockers Fleet Foxes and R&B legend Ms. Lauryn Hill headline the fest, sharing the bill with acts like the War on Drugs, DRAM, Courtney Barnett, Blood Orange and more. Take a look at our guide to the best acts to see, the best aftershows to attend and more.

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When is Pitchfork Music Festival 2018?

This year, the Pitchfork Music Festival will occur from July 20–22, 2018.

Where is Pitchfork Music Festival?

As usual, the Pitchfork Music Festival will take up residence in Union Park, 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.

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

The fashion looks we loved at Pitchfork Music Festival
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The fashion looks we loved at Pitchfork Music Festival

As usual, some Pitchfork attendees came dressed to impress

Photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2018, Sunday
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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
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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
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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

12 acts to see at Pitchfork Music Festival 2018
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12 acts to see at Pitchfork Music Festival 2018

No need to pore over the lineup—we've picked the essential acts to see in Union Park

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 lineup
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Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 lineup

Here's the complete day-by-day lineup of acts you'll see in Union Park

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

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The best fashion at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

The killer lineup was accompanied by some stellar style

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Photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, Sunday

Local acts (and Solange) ruled the final day of Pitchfork

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The five best things we saw on Sunday at Pitchfork

We closed out the weekend with Joey Purp, Jamila Woods and more

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Photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, Saturday

See if you can spot yourself in these hot crowd shots

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The five best things we saw on Saturday at Pitchfork

Tribe, Francis, a second entrance and more

Photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, Friday
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Photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2017, Friday

A crowd of thousands danced themselves clean

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The five best things we saw on Friday at Pitchfork

T-shirts, dance music, postcards and more

12 acts to see at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017
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12 acts to see at Pitchfork Music Festival 2017

Plan your fest with our picks of the top acts each day

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2016

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The best fashion at Pitchfork 2016

We scoped out the fest's best looks

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Photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2016, Sunday

An eclectic lineup of performers brought the fest to a close

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The five best things we saw on Sunday at Pitchfork

Jazz, dance parties, hot dog posters and even more great fest moments

Photos from Pitchfork 2016, Saturday
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Photos from Pitchfork 2016, Saturday

Sufjan, Savages and Brian Wilson brought the heat

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The five best things we saw on Saturday at Pitchfork

Footwork dancers, great beer, crazy costumes and more

Photos from Pitchfork 2016, Friday
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Photos from Pitchfork 2016, Friday

The first day of the fest brought out crowds of poptimists and rockers

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The five best things we saw on Friday at Pitchfork

Carly Rae Jepsen, Broken Social Scene, cool pins and more great stuff

Pitchfork Music Festival aftershows
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Pitchfork Music Festival aftershows

From Whitney to Sun Ra Arkestra, start making your post-fest plans

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2015

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11 acts you must see at Pitchfork 2015

You might not recognize names like Shamir and Sophie today, but you will, or you should.

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Pitchfork 2015 aftershows

If you're still standing after a day in the sun, here's where you can keep the party going

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Future Islands, HAIM and more familiar faces join celebrate post-fest

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Pitchfork 2015 day by day lineup

Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, Chance the Rapper headline

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Ranking every Pitchfork lineup from 2005 to today

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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

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Pitchfork 2014, Sunday: Faces in the crowd

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Pitchfork 2014, Saturday: Faces in the crowd

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Pitchfork 2014, Friday: Faces in the crowd

Beck dazzles on day one of Pitchfork Music Festival 2014
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Beck dazzles on day one of Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

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6 reasons to get to Pitchfork 2014 early

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11 must-see acts at Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 after-shows
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Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 after-shows

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Former headliner photos

Björk
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Björk

The Icelandic icon brought her Biophilia tour for a gorgeous set, which was ironically cut short by mother nature

R. Kelly
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R. Kelly

The controversial crooner delivered his sex tales to an adoring crowd

Belle & Sebastian
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Belle & Sebastian

Don't call them twee. The Scots beefed up their tunes with an upbeat punch

Faces in the crowd

Friday 2013
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Friday 2013

They wore flowers in their hair for Angel Olsen and Joanna Newsom

Saturday 2013
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Saturday 2013

Fans braved the heat for looks at buzz acts Savages, Parquet Courts

Sunday 2013
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Sunday 2013

See if you can spot the guy with the "Pee On Me" sign

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M.I.A., 2013
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M.I.A., 2013

Solange, 2013
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Solange, 2013

Chromatics, 2013 after-party
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Chromatics, 2013 after-party

Overheard at Pitchfork 2013

Overheard at Pitchfork 2013

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