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Pitchfork Fest Photo Diary

Even with tornadoes in the forecast and last-minute lineup changes, Pitchfork Festival turned out to be a glorious event to attend this year. The rain made the festival grounds look more like Glastonbury, but it made the festival community feel more tight-knit. Festival season is always a mix-up of emotions and filled with hunger and achy legs, but if there's any festival that's worth it, it has to be Pitchfork. If you couldn't make it that weekend, here's a snapshot of performances from the weekend of what you missed!



Day 1 - Friday, July 20


The day was rainy, but it didn't dampen people's spirits. The line for the festival was long and stretched around the block. We were a bit nervous about how to get the best content™️, but we figured we should just have a good time! Everyone comes to music festivals to have a heightened concert experience of collective effervescence. A festival experience can be really eye-opening because although you surrender a bit of comfort, you do it to have acceptance amongst other people who share the same passion for music and the arts. We also got some Pitchfork Fest merch which was amazing this year. (The beret is ?)

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Day 2 - Saturday, July 21


The ? came out for Saturday! It was a nice day to walk around the festival grounds and see all of the different vendors.We shopped around for vinyl and cassettes from the CHIRP record fair and even got some shirts from the Renegade Craft Fair. We also more than indulged on some great food from The Chicago Diner and BenjYehuda.

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Day 3 - Sunday, July 22


For the last day of the fest, the weather was the best it had been and everyone was in a frenzy to see Ms. Lauryn Hill. We got to see her and her band do sound check at the beginning of the day, which was a little crazy for everyone to experience. I also stood in line for Japanese Breakfast's signing and I got to meet her! Someone who was working there said that that line was the longest he'd ever seen for an artist signing at the festival.

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