Pitchfork Music Festival 2023: Chicago’s Union Park to welcome a stellar lineup


Get ready, Chicago music lovers, because the highly anticipated Pitchfork Music Festival is back July 21st through 23rd. This year’s edition promises to be an unforgettable weekend of sonic exploration, showcasing a blend of established headliners and rising stars across various genres. Taking over Union Park in the Near West neighborhood of Chicago, Pitchfork 2023 promises an impressive lineup that caters to diverse musical tastes.

Leading the pack as one of the headliners is the enigmatic supergroup, The Smile. Comprised of Thom Yorke and Jonny Greenwood (of Radiohead fame) with Tom Skinner, expect a sonic journey like no other as The Smile takes the stage to captivate audiences with their unique blend of experimental rock.

Indie folk rock darlings, Big Thief headline Pitchfork’s second night. Led by the mesmerizing vocals of Adrianne Lenker, this Brooklyn-based band is known for their emotionally charged live performances that showcase their raw musicality and profound lyricism. 

Last but not least, Bon Iver will close the festival with its ever-evolving blend of folk and pop. Led by visionary Justin Vernon, Bon Iver’s expansive and experimental soundscapes will sweep you away. 

While the headliners are undoubtedly exciting, keep an eye out for artists like Perfume Genius [cover], whose genre-defying music will crawl under your skin and pulse through your legs. JPEGMafia, known for his confrontational rap style and experimental production, will bring unapologetic energy to the stage. And don’t miss Killer Mike (of Run the Jewels), whose politically charged lyrics and commanding stage presence are sure to captivate. 

For indie pop fans, catch Julia Jacklin‘s introspective songwriting and haunting vocals, as well as Weyes Blood, who’s dreamy, orchestral pop will transport you to another realm. Black Belt Eagle Scout‘s evocative indie rock promises an emotional journey, while Alvvays‘ infectious indie pop melodies will have you singing along with their catchy hooks.

Beyond these highlighted artists, Pitchfork Music Festival 2023 boasts a carefully curated lineup that celebrates musical diversity and innovation. From renowned acts to emerging gems, this festival promises a weekend of extraordinary performances that will satisfy any musical appetite.

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