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Run the Jewels and The National top Pitchfork Music Festival’s 2020 lineup

Zach Long
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Zach Long

This year marks the 15th anniversary of Pitchfork Music Festival and organizers are celebrating the occasion with some big headliners, an unexpected reunion and lots of other exciting acts. The festival's full lineup dropped this morning (no mural-painting required), revealing art-rock trio the Yeah Yeah Yeahs as Friday night's marquee act, hip-hop duo Run the Jewels topping the bill on Saturday and morose indie-rockers the National closing out the weekend on Sunday evening.

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One of the most surprising bands on the lineup is brother-and-sister duo the Fiery Furnaces, who have been on hiatus since 2011. Eleanor and Matthew Friedberger (both of whom hail from nearby Oak Park) have continued performing separately, but their set at Pitchfork Music Festival will be the pair's first live show together in more than a decade. Other notable acts on this year's bill include indie-rock balladeer Angel Olsen, Savages frontwoman Jehnny Beth, concise rapper Tierra Whack and experimental rocker Kim Gordon—yes, those are all female-fronted acts, which make up more than 50 percent of this year's Pitchfork lineup.

Local acts also have a major presence on this year's bill, including appearances by rowdy rockers Twin Peaks, lo-fi trio Dehd, R&B singer Kaina, nimble rapper Femdot, Latinx psych-rock outfit Divino Niño, frantic new wave combo the Hecks and saxophonist Dustin Laurenzi.

Organizers are also teasing a week of special 15th anniversary events leading up to the Pitchfork Music Festival weekend, with more details to be announced at a later date. We're pretty sure that this means additional concerts, DJ sets and parties at venues throughout the city, and we're not complaining about it.

Want check out Pitchfork Music Festival when it returns to Union Park from July 17-19? Single-day tickets and three-day passes are currently one sale via Pitchfork's website, available for $75 and $185, respectively. Premium Pitchfork PLUS tickets are also available ($160 for a single-day pass, $385 for a three-day pass), giving attendees access to deluxe amenities like air-conditioned bathrooms, private bars and other exclusive treats.

Take a look at the complete Pitchfork Music Festival 2020 lineup below and prepare for some inevitable scheduling conflicts when the daily festival schedules are released later this year. 

Friday, July 17

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Angel Olsen
The Fiery Furnaces
Jehnny Beth
Tim Hecker & The Konoyo Ensemble
Hop Along

Saturday, July 18

Run the Jewels
Sharon Van Etten
Twin Peaks
Danny Brown
Cat Power
Tierra Whack
Oso Oso
Divino Niño
Boy Scouts
Ezra Collective

Sunday, July 19

The National
Big Thief
Kim Gordon
Phoebe Bridgers
Caroline Polachek
DJ Nate
Maxo Kream
Faye Webster
Mariah the Scientist
The Hecks
Dustin Laurenzi’s Snaketime

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