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Over/Under: Pitchfork Music Festival

There were a lot of things I enjoyed about my trip to Pitchfork last weekend, but there were also a lot of things I thought could be improved. I decided the beloved " Over/Under" format made popular by the website that is the fest's namesake to truly express how I felt.

Goose Island being the only beer served


First off, craft beer alone is overrated. It's disgusting and I think that all people over 30 are just drinking it as an attempt to prank me into trying it again. Secondly, Goose Island is owned by Anheuser-Busch which means that they could serve Bud Light, not charge $6 a beer, and not serve a beer that gets all of the 21-year-olds who don't have much drinking experience too drunk to enjoy the headliners.


Pitchfork lineup


The Pitchfork lineup, especially this year, is incredible. You consistently get everything from classics to people that you'll know before all of your friends. This is a festival lineup that doesn't always get as much coverage or hype as other festivals even though it is often even better than what you can find at other fest (and at a much lower price point).


Blue Stage


Oh man... The Blue Stage. There are only three stages at Pitchfork, so it's really likely that if you attend you'll see at least one artist over there. However, the hidden stage is home to many of the up and coming artists that are brought to Pitchfork, as well as a lot of shade, so more time should be spent in that crowded corner.


Going to Quartino after pitchfork


If you know me then you know that Quartino is my favorite restaurant in Chicago. The authentic Italian cuisine at a price point that is reasonable for broke college kids will give you all the carbs you need to prepare for sweating your ass off and pounding chardonnay after chardonnay the next day.


Art vendors


The art, music, book, and craft vendors brought to Pitchfork are one of the only things to do if you don't feel like laying in the grass when you're not watching music, but they're still so underrated. The poster village offers prints for all of your favorite bands and it's one of the only places you can get a Retro 1 pin next to a Bob's Burgers vinyl.


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