2018 Pitchfork Music Festival Preview


Chicago has become the pinnacle for summer music festivals, and the first of the big fests hits Union Park this Friday, when Pitchfork Music Festival descends upon the Windy City. The lineup is absolutely stacked, with a number of emerging artists, but headliners including Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, and Chaka Khan as well as Ms. Lauryn Hill. Here’s a day by day breakdown of what to expect.


While Tame Impala and Courtney Barnett are the main attractions, there are a number of very solid acts worth seeing throughout the day. Julien Baker is a buzzing indie singer/songwriter with an ever-growing list of supporters, including previously touring with acts like Death Cab for Cutie. At the same time, Chicago hometown hero Saba is a name to watch with a personality to match. Fresh off of his “Care For Me” project, the hometown emcee is hitting his stride at just the right time.


On a night headlined by Fleet Foxes and The War on Drugs, this is the most indie of the three days of the festival when you look at the day by day lineup. However, that lineup also includes the vocal styles of Raphael Saadiq, and the addicting indie pop of acts like Zola Jesus and Girlpool. The latter band is a callback to 90’s era lo-fi indie, and could be poised for some big things in the near future.


The obvious choices are Ms. Lauryn Hill, with a set commemorating the 20th anniversary of “The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill”, and maybe Chaka Khan before that, but a stacked hip hop lineup of DRAM, Chicago’s own Noname, and Minnesota’s Kweku Collins are all worthy of your time. Collins is a Closed Sessions artist along with Milwaukee’s WebsterX, and 2017’s “Grey” propelled him into a much bigger national spotlight. The day’s lineup also includes Japandroids, Smino, and more, making the last day of Pitchfork Music Festival a can’t miss affair.


For the full lineup, check out the Pitchfork Music Festival website. Stay tuned to Breaking And Entering for more coverage of the festival, as well!

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