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Much like their groundbreaking website, the Pitchfork Music Festival has always existed just outside the mainstream. Sure, it’s a major downtown festival with a few major headliners, but this festival’s strength has always been showcasing artists on the rise from around the world. As Pitchfork embarks on nearly ten years as a festival, this indie upstart has become one of the veteran highlights of the Chicago summer.
Location: Chicago, Illinois
Venue: Union Park
Dates: Typically held mid-July
Number of Days: 3
Attendance: 45,000-50,000 (3-day total)
Genre: Indie rock, hip-hop, electronic
Alumni: Band of Horses, Bjork, Yo La Tengo, Public Enemy, Beach House, De La Soul, Built To Spill, The National, Matt & Kim, Modes Mouse, Purity Ring, Vampire Weekend
Check out over 57 acts from the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival: