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Top Picks From The 2019 Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup

WIUX joins in on another Pitchfork Music Festival. The 14th annual festival lineup is just as diverse and exciting as its preceding years with headlining performances from HAIM, Belle & Sebastian, The Isley Brothers, Pusha T, Robyn, and Charli XCX among the rest of talent on three different stages.

To get you even more excited for this weekend in Union Park, here are some of the WIUX Board of Directors’ must-see artists and songs that explain for themselves why you should make it to their sets.

Nick’s Pick:

Charli XCX

Sunday - 7:25-8:25pm - Red Stage

The pop icon will be hitting Union Park this Sunday to deliver a much-anticipated set after releasing "Gone," in collaboration with Christine and the Queens. The British singer-songwriter is no novice when it comes to delivering melodrama and hype on stage.


Real Charli's Angels will know this hit from 2016, which will hopefully make an appearance in her set on Sunday!

And we certainly can't forget the perfect nostalgia machine that was Charli XCX and Troye Sivan’s “1999” Music Video.

Sydney’s Pick:

Belle & Sebastian

Saturday - 7:25-8:25pm - Red Stage

The Scottish champions of indie-pop will make a truly wonderful set at Pitchfork this weekend, bringing back nostalgia and familiar memories of teen angst to the crowd, no matter their age.

As part of the Pitchfork Classics series, they published an hour-long documentary of the history of the 1996 classic If You’re Feeling Sinister in 2013. The band is set to make a rare performance of this album in full during their set this Saturday on the Red Stage.

Noah’s Picks:

Freddie Gibbs

Saturday - 6:30-7:15pm - Blue Stage

Fun Fact: Freddie Gibbs was born in Gary, Indiana!

The Hoosier rapper will perform a soulful and still energetic set on Saturday. Gibbs brings traditional and nostalgic sounds of classic jazz and soul artists to the forefront, making them new again.

Pusha T

Friday - 6:15-7:15pm - Green Stage

Truly pushing the limits of how many icons one Pitchfork crowd can handle, Terrence LeVarr Thornton aka Pusha T will be delivering a packed set in Union Park this Friday. Relisten to his 2011 classic with Tyler, The Creator, "Trouble On My Mind," and get ready.

Also, who could forget his iconic Over/Under?

Kenlynn’s Picks:


Saturday - 7:45-8:30pm - Blue Stage

Jeremih will be returning to the Pitchfork stage this weekend. He even performed Kenlynn's favorite song (for literally every occasion), “oui,” at the fest in 2016. Here's hoping he'll do it again and be just as enraptured with the audience.

The Isley Brothers

Saturday, July 20 - 8:30-9:50pm - Green Stage

To make their appearance on the Green Stage even more special, the Isley Brothers will be making their 60th Birthday Celebration on the stage this Saturday. The classic Cincinnati-native band that started as a trio between brothers have had hit after hit and made an influence over contemporary sound today.

Their song, "(At Your Best) You Are Love," has been covered by another WIUX favorite, Frank Ocean.


Listen to "Hello It's Me" and compare with the tribute cover by Erykah Badu and Andre 3000.


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