The three day festival in Union Park last weekend was considered a success by most people’s standards, despite the heat that had many people running for shade.
I got the privilege to attend the event with two of my friends, and was able to see some of my old favorites perform and hear some new voices that are now being played repeatedly on my IPod.
For those who don’t know, the Pitchfork Music Festival is a three-day event that occurs in Chicago every summer and brings in bands from all over the world. This year, the headliners were LCD Soundsystem, Modest Mouse, and Pavement.
This was the first year that comedians were brought into the lineup. They all performed on the first day at the Balance Stage, the smallest of the three stages. The first comedian to go on was Hannibal Burress, a Chiacago native who recently got hired to write for Saturday Night Live.
A review on the Here Comes Two blog said that Burress gave a great performance, “Burress employed an incredibly relaxed, irreverent tone to discuss topics as far ranging as racist YouPorn comments to the glee he takes in buying apple juice,” writer and comedian Robbie Goodwin said.
In my opinion, two of the best performances at the festival were LCD Soundsystem and Swedish pop-star Robyn. I expected LCD Sounsystem to be incredible, but I had never heard of Robyn and her lively and fun performance caught me by surprise.
Writer Zach Haldeman on Here Comes Two said that Robyn was the best performance on the first day of Pitchfork, “Robyn’s forward-thinking but radio-friendly pop songs blasted out from the speakers, and the crowd was full of people who you would never think would be into this sort of thing dancing their heart out.”
All of the acts at Pitchfork were streamed on the festival’s website, with the exception of the closing band, Pavement. The reason Pavement couldn’t be viewed online was because one of the members had some issues with Pitchfork’s editorial department, according to an article on the Chicago Tribune website.
The intense heat that graced Chicago during the weekend did not stop most fans from spending all day cheering for some of their favorite bands. However, the staff was worried about the attendees’ hydration levels and by the second day water prices were cut in half to encourage people to drink more. This was an example of how well organized the staff and volunteers were at the festival. Their hard work and attentiveness made all of the events run smoothly.
To see more reviews and photos from the festival, make sure to check out the Here Comes Two blog: http://herecomestwo.wordpress.com/