Pitchfork Music Festival
Union Park – Chicago, IL
July 14 – 16
Pitchfork the website offers notoriously savage critical reviews, like the angriest of record store dork caricatures who spew venomous hate for any album that is decent enough to become popular. It makes them assholes, by and large, but, then again, when they do give something the thumbs up, it makes people pay attention. So, when Pitchfork started hosting festivals in 2006, it was obvious then — and remains so this many years later — that their smarmy disdain for mediocrity would ultimately lead to a carefully curated lineup that serves as a yearly taste-making event for the country.
Lineup: LCD Soundsystem, A Tribe Called Quest, Solange, Nicholas Jaar, PJ Harvey, Dirty Projectors, Danny Brown, Angel Olsen, The Avalanches, Ride, The Feelers, Thurston Moore Group, Vince Staples, George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, American Football, Isaiah Rashad, Mitski, Arca and more
Distance from Denver: 1,004 miles