The fifth annual Pitchfork Music Festival has been announced. This fest started in 2006 with The Walkmen, The Mountain Goats, Band of Horses, Spoon, Yo La Tengo, Devendra Banhart, Mission of Burma, The National and many others. About 35,000 people showed up.
In 2007 they added the Friday night line-up with Sonic Youth, GZA and Slint performing classic albums in their entirety. Throughout the rest of weekend artists such as Girl Talk, Cat Power, Dan Deacon, The New Pornographers, De La Soul, The Sea and the Cake, Of Montreal and Menomena played for a crowd of 48,000.
2008 continued the ‘album in it’s entirety’ format Friday night with Public Enenmy, Sebadoh and Mission of Burma. That weekend sold-out 2 months early. 50,000 people enjoyed performances by Animal Collective, The Hold Steady, Vampire Weekend, Jay Reatard, Fuck Buttons, No Age, Dirty Projectors, Ghostface, Atlas Sound and Bon Iver among many others. This was arguably the best line-up yet.
Built to Spill, The Jesus Lizard, Yo La Tengo and Tortoise filled the Friday night spot in 2009. This sold-out weekend saw The National and The Walkmen return, playing along side bands such as DOOM, Yeasayer, Fucked Up, The Antlers, Cymbals Eat Guitars, Flaming Lips, Grizzly Bear, M83 and Japandroids. Another stellar lineup!
So now we are in 2010 and tickets go onsale for the festivities at Union Park once again. This year Modest Mouse will be performing on Friday, which has been extended to a full day this year. Also coming to Chicago the weekend of July 16th will be LCD Soundsystem, Raekwon, Here We Go Magic, Sleigh Bells, Cass McCombs, Lightning Bolt, St. Vincent and the headliners, Pavement.
OK, so I know there will be more bands added, but am I the only one who is a little more than slightly disappointed? Modest Mouse is awful live and it seems like Pitchfork decided to spend their budget on Pavement! But then again, it’s probably a smart move, seeing how every (except me) is going crazy over this Pavement reunion. But I’d really like to see some bigger names added to this bill. How about bringing The National and The Hold Steady back with some Broken Social Scene thrown in? How about The xx and jj and maybe some metal? Baroness? Mastodon? Just an idea.
Tickets (via Ticketweb) ONSALE NOON CST TODAY!