Pitchfork Music Festival: Chicago's festival for indie rock and new bands
The year's buzziest new bands and icons of indie rock come together every July in Union Park for the Pitchfork Music Festival.
There are a few things you can expect to see every year at Pitchfork Music Festival. A guy with a beard in short, short P.E. shorts. The entire summer collection of Urban Outfitters. And, most important, the hottest new bands in indie rock, hip-hop and the underground.
Pitchfork is the premier musical tastemaker on the Internet, and its annual Chicago music festival is one-stop shopping for all the artists you'll likely hear on bigger stages over the next two years. Some of the buzzy acts are so young, they are playing to the biggest crowds of their nascent careers. That can sometimes mean that the music is not quite ready for prime time, but more often than not it gives you the chance to brag to your friends, "I saw them first."
Starting in 2006, Pitchfork Music Festival is one of the trendsetters in large summer concerts—for Chicago and the U.S. Every year, on the third weekend in July, the dusty baseball fields of Union Park are a place to be seen, as much as they are a place to listen. The names are bigger than ever in 2013, with M.I.A., Björk and R. Kelly atop the bill.
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