Last week, Pitchfork teased announcement for their annual Pitchfork Music Festival, which has been taking over Union Park since 2006 with some of the most unique and interesting lineups of musicians. Today the announcement for the 2017 edition of the Pitchfork Musical Festival (July 14th-16th) came in the form of a 2 hour long Facebook live stream featuring Chicago based artist Shelby Rodeffer meticulously lettering the reveal of this year’s headliners!
Friday will be headlined by the transcendent dance punk of LCD Soundsystem. The self-deprecating band (how can you not love a line like “it’s a fat guy in a t-shirt doing all the singing”) is in the midst of their sudden and (thankfully) inevitable reunion that started last year, which included two surprise shows at the Metro and closing out Lollapalooza. The appearance of LCD Soundsystem is a welcome addition to any festival as their performances are the stuff of legend, turning every space they perform at into dance party.
Saturday evening will have the honor of another reunited group headlining: A Tribe Called Quest. The last year has been full of mixed emotions for the group with the tremendous heartache of founding member Phife Dawg’s passing to the release of their powerful and critically acclaimed final album We Got It from Here… Thank You 4 Your Service which was recorded before Phife Dawg’s death. ATCQ’s return to the spotlight has been filled with the socially conscious hip hop we’ve come to expect from them an performances that will go down as their best.
The final night of this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival will be closed out by Solange! Seriously, this is the best time to see Solange perform live as she just won her first Grammy for “Cranes in the Sky”, one of the biggest highlights off her immaculate album A Seat at the Table. The album is full of personal and societal despair that is cut with moments of deft lyricism that are incredibly empowering and even hopeful. She has been honing her impressible talents for years an has reached a new peak in her musical artistry that should not be missed
In addition to the reveal of the headliners, the Pitchfork Music Festival announced a collaboration with Saint Heron that will go on simultaneously with the festival. The innovative label and arts platform, which was founded by Solange Knowles, will curate a series of events that will feature an art installation, film screening, artist talks, late night jazz jam sessions, and plenty more. Further details on the Saint Heron events will be coming the following weeks.
The Pitchfork Music Festival will take place July 14th-16th 2017. Tickets are currently available for $75 a day and $175 for a three-day pass (which has a layaway option if you need it). In addition to the general admission tickets, Pitchfork will be adding a new tier of ticketing called Pitchfork +Plus which grants you access to premium food vendors, a private bar, snazzy bathrooms, quick entry to the festival, and more. Pitchfork +Plus will run you $365, so whether you want to spend a single day dancing along to the eclectic sounds or spend the whole weekend immersed in the rhythm, now’s your chance!