Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 Guide

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The Scene

The annual Pitchfork Music Festival takes place in Chicago’s Union Park every July. The lineup features emerging music along with established acts.

Pitchfork’s Pitch:
“Since 2006, this independently run festival has consistently proven to be one of the most welcoming, comfortable, reasonably priced, and rewarding weekends of music around.”


Gates open at 3pm on Friday (July 18) and noon on Saturday (July 19) and Sunday (July 20). Final headliners each night start at 8:30pm. The main gate for the event is located on Ashland, on the West side of Union Park, near Maypole.

Daily Lineup and Schedule

FRIDAY, JULY 18 – gates at 3pm
8:30pm – (Green Stage) Beck
7:20pm – (Red Stage) Giorgio Moroder
7:15pm – (Blue Stage) Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks
6:25pm – (Green Stage) Sun Kil Moon
6:15pm – (Blue Stage) SZA
5:30pm – (Red Stage) Sharon Van Etten
5:15pm – (Blue Stage) The Haxan Cloak
4:35pm – (Green Stage) Neneh Cherry
4:15pm – (Blue Stage) Factory Floor
3:30pm – (Red Stage) Death Grips
3:20pm – (Blue Stage) Hundred Waters

SATURDAY, JULY 19 – gates at 12pm
8:30pm – (Green Stage) Neutral Milk Hotel
7:45pm – (Blue Stage) FKA Twigs
7:25pm – (Red Stage) St. Vincent
6:45pm – (Blue Stage) The Field
6:15pm – (Green Stage) Danny Brown
5:45pm – (Blue Stage) Kelela
5:15pm – (Red Stage) tUnE-yArDs
4:45pm – (Blue Stage) The Range
4:15pm – (Green Stage) Pusha T
3:45pm – (Blue Stage) Mas Ysa
3:20pm – (Red Stage) Cloud Nothings
2:50pm – (Blue Stage) Empress Of
2:30pm – (Green Stage) Wild Beasts
1:55pm – (Blue Stage) Circulatory System
1:45pm – (Red Stage) Ka
1:00pm – (Green Stage) Twin Peaks

SUNDAY, JULY 20 – gates at 12pm
8:30pm – (Green Stage) Kendrick Lamar
7:45pm – (Blue Stage) Hudson Mohawke
7:25pm – (Red Stage) Grimes
6:45pm – (Blue Stage) DJ Spinn
6:15pm – (Green Stage) Slowdive
5:45pm – (Blue Stage) Majical Cloudz
5:15pm – (Red Stage) Real Estate
4:45pm – (Blue Stage) Jon Hopkins
4:15pm – (Green Stage) Schoolboy Q
3:45pm – (Blue Stage) Dum Dum Girls
3:20pm – (Red Stage) Earl Sweatshirt
2:50pm – (Blue Stage) Isaiah Rashad
2:30pm – (Green Stage) Deafheaven
1:55pm – (Blue Stage) Perfect Pussy
1:45pm – (Red Stage) DIIV
1:00pm – (Blue Stage) Speedy Ortiz
1:00pm – (Green Stage) Mutual Benefit


For a major downtown festival, Pitchfork offers an amazing value — so it’s no surprise that $120 3-day tickets have sold out. Saturday and Sunday single day tickets are both sold out as well, but you still have a shot of picking up a Friday ticket for only $60.


  • Getting tired of lugging all your crap around? Pool some money with your friends and get a locker. $40 for all three days and you can leave items overnight.
  • Don’t love the headliners? Like an old couple heading to the early buffet, ducking out during the final set means you won’t be waiting in lines for the bus, taxi, or train.
  • Or you can skip the traffic all together and ride your bike. Pitchfork offers secure parking in bike valet log at the southeast corner of Ashland and Lake.
  • Can’t make the festival. Watch the stream live at Pitchfork.com

More Than Music

Need a break from the music? Swing by Flatstock to see the best show-poster art from around the country, stop by the Coterie Craft Fair for locally produced goods, and shop at the Chirp Record Fair brought to you by the The Chicago Indpendent Radio Project.


Medium-sized backpacks
Sealed water bottles
Non-professional digital cameras
Folding Chairs

Don’t Bring

Video cameras
Recording devices
Camera with detachable lenses

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