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The National, Mitski and the Roots headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2022

The annual indie rock festival returns to Union Park from July 15–17.

Zach Long
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Zach Long

After making a temporary move to September in 2021, Pitchfork Music Festival will return to its usual weekend in July this summer, taking over Union Park from July 15–17. The summer music festival revealed its complete lineup this morning, including headlining acts the National (originally scheduled to perform at the canceled 2020 festival), singer-songwriter Mitski and The Tonight Show house band the Roots.

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Other notable artists on this year's lineup include symphonic rock collective Spiritualized, indie-pop outfit Japanese Breakfast, rapper Earl Sweatshirt, reunited emo rockers Karate and jazz fusion combo BadBadNotGood. Of course, there are plenty of returning acts, such as Duluth-based noisemakers Low, unpredictable hip-hop artist Tierra Whack, Welsh singer-songwriter Cate Le Bon and Danish punk rock band Iceage.

Local musicians are also represented on Pitchfork's 2022 lineup, including rapper Cupcakke, singer-songwriter KAINA and hip-hop activist Noname. Former Chicagoan Jeff Parker (best known for performing with post-rock outfit Tortoise) will also appear at the festival, accompanied by his band the New Breed.

“Our goal was to highlight a diverse group of artists who are taking their musical genres to new heights, and I’m proud of how it’s come together,” Pitchfork editor in chief Puja Patel said about the festival's 2022 lineup in a statement.

According to a release, Pitchfork Music Festival 2022 will once again feature local food vendors as well as specialty record and craft fairs within the event (typically presented by CHIRP and Renegade Craft Fair, respectively). Tickets to Pitchfork Music Festival will go on sale Friday, March 11 at 10am CT via the festival's website. Three-day passes to the festival start at $200, while single-day tickets are $99, with payment plans available for all tickets.

And while last year's Pitchfork Music Festival was accompanied by COVID-19 guidelines that required proof of vaccination or a negative PCR test for entry, organizers have not yet announced the protocol for this year's event. A release notes that the festival "will adhere to the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 protocol."

Take a look at the complete Pitchfork Music Festival 2022 lineup below.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2022 schedule
Courtesy Pitchfork Music Festival

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