Pitchfork Media announced the first round of artists for its Chicago-based music festival that takes place July 18th – 20th. Dubbed as an “annual right of indie passage,” the Pitchfork Music Festival always brings some very solid independent music acts to the streets of Chicago. This year is no different with the festival serving up the Animal Collective, !!! (Chk Chk Chk), M Ward, and the indie it band of the moment: Vampire Weekend.
One very cool feature has been the “Don’t Look Back” series in which a classic band plays one of its most influential or best albums in full on Friday night. Last year, they had Sonic Youth doing Daydream Nation, and this year we have the pleasure of catching Public Enemy play its seminal album, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back.
More announcements are on the way; read on for further details on tickets and the initial line-up.
Pitchfork Music Festival 2008 initial lineup:
Friday, July 18:
Pitchfork Music Festival and All Tomorrow’s Parties present “Don’t Look Back”
Public Enemy performing It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back
+ more, to be announced
Saturday, July 19:
+ many more!
Sunday, July 20:
+ many more!
This festival has had some notorious moments over the years, so if you live here in Chicago, I don’t know why you wouldn’t go. If you are not a Chicagoan, you’ve got to know someone who will let you sleep on their couch for the weekend here in the Windy City.
Tickets go on sale this Wednesday, March 12th. Last year, this thing sold out a few weeks in advance of the event. Tickets are only $65 for a three-day pass, which in the festival world is remarkable with some of the prices these events are charging. A two-day pass will run you $50, and a one-day pass just $30.