A heat index that exceeded 105 degrees led to the cancellation of pop culture celebration OZY Fest in New York City over the weekend, but similarly brutal temperatures in Chicago didn't put the kibosh on the annual Pitchfork Music Festival. The sweltering heat thinned out Friday and Saturday's crowds, though thousands of people still showed up to sweat, hydrate and repeat while taking in sets from local soul and gospel singer Mavis Staples (who recently celebrated her 80th birthday), hip-hop mogul Pusha T, effervescent Japanese punk outfit CHAI and Scottish singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon.
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The only real hitch in the weekend was a late-afternoon evacuation of Union Park on Saturday, which effectively canceled performances from Kurt Vile and Amber Mark. After about an hour, attendees shuffled back through the gates and were treated to an abbreviated set from recently reunited avant-pop outfit Stereolab, a full-album performance of If You're Feeling Sinister from Belle & Sebastian and an evening with R&B legends the Isley Brothers that was filled with dancing, sequins and sing-alongs.
Sunday proved to be the most pleasant and well-attended day at the festival, with temperatures hovering in the 70s and a host of anticipated appearances from the likes of English noise-makers Black Midi, local indie-rockers Whitney and pop-singer Charli XCX. Swedish dance-pop titan Robyn closed out the weekend, draping the main stage in translucent white fabric and digging into a setlist of anthemic electro-pop that concluded with renditions of her most beloved singles "Dancing On My Own," "Missing U" and "Call Your Girlfriend."
Take a look at some out favorite photos from Pitchfork Music Festival 2019, including faces in the crowd, performers and scenes from Saturday's evacuation.