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Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent and Erykah Badu headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2021

The fest returns to Union Park this September.

Emma Krupp
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Emma Krupp

After taking a year off in 2020, Pitchfork Music Festival has announced an updated lineup ahead of its return to Union Park from September 10–12. Last year's would-be headliners the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run the Jewels and The National have been moved off the lineup; instead, emo-folk-rocker Phoebe Bridgers, singer-songwriter St. Vincent and neo-soul legend Erykah Badu will headline the 2021 iteration of the fest (Bridgers, whose Grammy-nominated album Punisher helped her soar to new heights last year, returns from the 2020 lineup as a headlining act).  

Other newly-added acts include indie rapper Danny Brown, experimental producer Yves Tumor and local singer-poet Jamila Woods. Returnees are numerous but include Hop Along, Cat Power, Thundercat and Chicago lo-fi trio DEHD.

Though the city is still rushing toward a full reopening on July 4, the Pitchfork Music Festival will be accompanied by some safety precautions. Attendees age 12 and older will need to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR test completed within the past 24 hours on each day of the festival. Masks will also be required throughout Union Park, though you'll be able to remove them if you're eating or drinking. These regulations may evolve between now and September, but they're a good indication that organizers are trying to assess ways to keep all attendees safe.

Single and three-day passes for the fest are on sale now, as well as more expensive PLUS tickets that allow access to an exclusive lounge, complimentary storage lockers and other perks. Ready to grab tickets? Take a look at the full lineup below and begin planning a weekend of musical discovery.

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