History Of The Pitchfork Music Festival
If you want to know all the cool new bands before any of your friends, Pitchfork Music Festival is the place for you. Started in 2005 as Intonation Music Festival in Chicago’s Union Park, the festival changed its name to Pitchfork Music Festival in 2006 in honor of the organization responsible for the festival: Pitchfork Media. The Chicago-based internet publication has grown from one guy writing snarky album reviews fresh out of high school into a global music and publishing powerhouse with 1.5 million visitors per month, making it one of the most popular sites in America and the most-visited independent music publication in the world. What makes Pitchfork unique is its focus on undiscovered and under-the-radar independent bands, which it reviews and ranks daily. A good or bad review on Pitchfork can make or break a young new band, and the site is often credited with helping launch the music careers of many big-name bands including Arcade Fire. The site was founded in 1995 by fledgling music critic Ryan Schreiber in Minneapolis and, having relocated to Chicago soon after, a music festival showcasing some of Pitchfork’s favorite bands was a natural outgrowth of the site’s success. Following the Pitchfork-organized Intonation Music Festival in 2005, the first Pitchfork Music Festival tickets went on sale in 2006 for a 2-day event (later expanded to three days the next year) that featured The National, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Band of Horses, Liars, Diplo, Ted Leo & the Pharmacists, and The Walkmen. Pitchfork Music Festival tickets have sold out every year since the festival began, with Pitchfork Music Festival tickets to the 2010 event selling out in less than a week and Pitchfork Music Festival tickets for the 2011 festival selling out in one day. In 2010, those with Pitchfork Music Festival tickets were for the first (and only) time treated to a comedy stage in addition to the usual lineup of indie rock, hip-hop, EDM, and punk bands. Pitchfork Music Festival 2014 takes place July 18-20 in Chicago’s Union Park, with Pitchfork Music Festival tickets currently on sale. Performers Friday include Beck, Sun Kil Moon, Death Grips, Factory Floor, Avey Tarey’s Slasher Flicks, The Haxan Cloak, Giorgio Moroder, Sharon Van Etten, Hundred Waters, Isaiah Rashad, and SZA. Performers Saturday include Neutral Milk Hotel, St. Vincent, Danny Brown, Tune-Yards, Pusha T, Cloud Nothings, The Field, FKA Twigs, Wild Beasts, The Julie Ruin, Kelela, The Range, Mas Ysa, Empress Of, Circulatory System, Twin Peaks, and KA. Sunday performers include Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Slowdive, Real Estate, Schoolboy Q, Earl Sweatshirt, Deafheaven, DIIV, Hudson Mohawke, DJ Rashad & DJ Spinn, Jon Hopkins, Perfect Pussy, Majical Cloudz, Dum Dum Girls, Mutual Benefit, and Speedy Ortiz. Also since 2011, Pitchfork Music Festival tickets have been made available in France at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, which takes place in the fall. Last year’s event took place October 31-November 2 at Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris featuring The Knife, Hot Chip, Yo La Tengo, Deerhunter, A-Trak, and Warpaint. So if you’re looking to discover the best new independent bands and update your playlist with some cool new favorites, Pitchfork Music Festival tickets are the best way to do so.