Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Festival Coverage: Pitchfork Music Fest 2013 Final Preview

The week is finally upon us, and the number of days until this year's Pitchfork Music Festival can be counted on just one hand. Single day tickets are still available, and in case you don't know what you'll be missing, check out the playlists below.

Pitchfork features 3 stages: Green, Blue, and Red. The Red and Blue stages are located at opposite ends of the park, with Red being on the north end and Blue being towards the southern end. Adjacent to the Red stage, is the Green stage, which features the main headliners every night.

There are a few tents worth noting as well:

Chirp Record Fair
Shop for records between sets! The Chicago Independent Radio Project brings you vinyl selections from indie labels, local record stores, and independent vendors. Buying direct from labels without shipping fees will save you a few pennies and sellers often dig out rare catalogue items for the event. Get there early on Friday if you want to score the best finds!

Chirp also can arrange the donation of your old vinyl to a good cause, the Chicago Independent Radio Project. They can even arrange pickups! If you'd like to donate, email the Chirp team at

I am a huge show poster collector, and this area of the festival spells trouble for me. The country’s best show-poster artists gather to share their work and sell prints at Flatstock, hosted by the American Poster Institute. An art show, poster sale, and community event, Flatstock offers festival-goers the chance to view the work of printmakers from Chicago's vibrant scene and beyond. Stop by the Flatstock tent to meet the artists and take home a handcrafted poster celebrating one of your favorite bands!

The Creative Lounge
One of Chicago’s premier nonprofits that has been serving local artists for more than 39 years, the Chicago Artists Coalition will present large-scale installations by Claire Ashley and Jenny Kendler, as well as an interactive art station and photo booth at their Creative Lounge. There will be special giveaways and opportunities to learn more about the Coalition’s residencies and programs for artists.

Plus, Dark Matter will be serving up their coffee treats and Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams will have its truck parked nearby!

There are also tents from Coterie Craft Fair and an independent literary fair called The Book Fort both are worth checking out. Not to mention a ton of good eats (Goose Island, Puffs of Doom, and a personal favorite Chicago Diner), and sponsored tents from Ray Ban, H&M, Vans and a ton more worth checking out during some downtime!

Here's the daily schedules and playlists!

(Gates at 3pm)
8:30pm - (Green) Björk
7:20pm - (Red) Joanna Newsom
6:25pm - (Green) Wire
6:15pm - (Blue) Mikal Cronin
5:30pm - (Red) Woods
5:15pm - (Blue) Angel Olsen
4:35pm - (Green) Mac DeMarco
4:15pm - (Blue) Trash Talk
3:30pm - (Red) Daughn Gibson
3:20pm - (Blue) Frankie Rose

(Gates at 12pm)
8:45pm - (Blue) Rustie
8:30pm - (Green) Belle & Sebastian
7:45pm - (Blue) Andy Stott
7:25pm - (Red) Solange
6:45pm - (Blue) Low
6:15pm - (Green) The Breeders play Last Splash
5:45pm - (Blue) Ryan Hemsworth
5:15pm - (Red) Swans
4:45pm - (Blue) Metz
4:15pm - (Green) Savages
3:45pm - (Blue) Merchandise
3:20pm - (Red) ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail of Dead
2:50pm - (Blue) Parquet Courts
2:30pm - (Green) Phosphorescent
1:55pm - (Blue) Julia Holter
1:45pm - (Red) Pissed Jeans
1:00pm - (Blue) KEN Mode
1:00pm - (Green) White Lung

(Gates at 12pm)
8:45pm - (Blue) TNGHT
8:30pm - (Green) R. Kelly
7:45pm - (Blue) Glass Candy
7:25pm - (Red) MIA
6:45pm - (Blue) Evian Christ
6:15pm - (Green) Toro Y Moi
5:45pm - (Blue) Chairlift
5:15pm - (Red) Lil B
4:45pm - (Blue) Sky Ferreira
4:15pm - (Green) Yo La Tengo
3:45pm - (Blue) Waxahatchee
3:20pm - (Red) El-P
2:50pm - (Blue) Blood Orange
2:30pm - (Green) Killer Mike
1:55pm - (Blue) Autre Ne Veut
1:45pm - (Red) Foxygen
1:00pm - (Blue) DJ Rashad
1:00pm - (Green) Tree

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