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Thousands of music lovers flock to Pitchfork Music Festival every year to watch the most intriguing music performances. The annual summer music festival belongs to the Chicago-based online publisher – Pitchfork. The festival mainly concentrates on rock, electro-pop, and hip-hop. Check out this useful information to learn everything you need to know about this year’s Festival before heading to Union Park.

People enjoy pitchfork music festival
Many people are enjoying the Festival night

1. “Yes” and “No” belongings

You need to make sure to prepare and bring your necessary items from home as it is impossible to enter the Pitchfork Music Festival again once you leave. You can freely bring your non-professional cameras, bags, and water bottles. However, you mustn’t bring your musical instruments, drugs, any kinds of weapons, laptops or tablets, food and drink, and pets. There are lockers for you to put your belongings in.

No pets allowed at the Pitchfork Music Festival
No pets allowed at the Festival

2. What to do at Pitchfork Music Festival

The first thing is to watch interesting music performances by talented artists. However, there are plenty of activities for you to try apart from music watching. Check them out below:

  • Try tasty food

There are so many delicious dishes at Pitchfork Music Festival that you shouldn’t miss. You can come and eat Doner Box at DonerMen Food Truck, Vegetarian Mediterranean salad and Mahi tacos at Big Delicious Planet, Gelato donut sandwich at Black Dog Gelato, Nashville hot fried chicken sandwich and Umami fries at Leghorn Chicken or beef bao at Wow Bao.

Vegetarian Mediterranean salad at Big Delicious Planet at Pitchfork music festival
Vegetarian Mediterranean salad at Big Delicious Planet
  • Check out local shops

At the CHIRP Record Fair, you can buy LPs from nearby record stores, see gig banners by local and public craftsmen at the Flatstock Poster Fair, browse Renegade Craft Fair’s curated selection of handmade items, and go around the Book Fort, where many reading materials will be for sale, interviews with artists will be also available. You can pick up copies of your favorite albums.

CHIRP Record Fair at 2015 Pitchfork Music Festival
CHIRP Record Fair at 2015 Fest

3. When and Where is Pitchfork Music Festival?

2021 Pitchfork Music Festival will last 3 days as usual, from September 10 to 12, 2021. It will open at noon, yet there may be some change if necessary.

Union Park, at W Randolph Street, is the avenue to hold Pitchfork Music Festival. The main gates are on Ashland Avenue while the second gate is at Washington Boulevard and Ogden Avenue.

How to go to the Fest?

There are three ways to go to the Fest, so you can choose the suitable one.

  • Train: CTA or the Chicago Transit Authority offers extra bus and rail services. There is an entrance to Union Park near the Green and Pink Lines bus stop. Trains are running on weekends on the Greenline. Services are more frequent here. You can get on the Greenline which heads to Harlem and get off at the Ashland Station. This is the closest train stop to Union Park.
  • Bus: If you are headed to the Park from the North or the South, you can get a bus and stop by Lake street. The Ashland bus travels from Clark/Belle Plaine to Madison/Ashland and vice versa, from 12:30-11 p.m.
  • Bike: If you’d love to ride your bicycle, you can move to the bike parking lot at 325 N. Ashland Avenue to the North of the Park.

Aside from the three above types of vehicles, somebody may want to drive their cars. You will have to choose between street parking or charged spaces by nearby businesses.

Who can attend the Fest?

Due to Covid-19, ID card, digital ticket, and Covid-19 test are compulsory at Pitchfork Music Festival this year. Anyone from the age of 12 or above (even staff or vendors) will have to be fully vaccinated or have a negative Covid-19 test result within 24 hours for each day.

PCR test is an entry requirement for attendees in Pitchfork Music Festival
PCR test is an entry requirement for attendees

Everyone has to wear a mask throughout the day when attending Pitchfork Music Festival (except eating or drinking time). The fest will provide masks for attendants but it is better to bring your reusable masks at home.

4. Performers at 2021 Pitchfork Music Festival

The Festival has announced the list of headliners this year. Check out the below information to know who will be on the stage in the 2021 Pitchfork Music Festival:

  • Day one: Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, Animal Collective, The Fiery Furnaces, Yaeji, black midi, Hop Along, Kelly Lee, Owens, Ela Minus, DEHD, The Soft, Pink Truth, Dogleg, DJ Nate, Armand Hammer.
  • Day two: St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon, Ty Segall & Freedom Band, Waxahatchee, Jay Electronica, Jamila Woods, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Faye Webster, Amaarae, Maxo Kream, Divino Niño, Bartels Strange, and Horse girl.
  • Day three: Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Danny Brown, Cat Power, Andy Shauf, Caroline Polachek, Yves Tumor, The Weather Station, Mariah the Scientist, oso oso, KeiyaA, Special Interest, and Cassandra Jenkins.
2021 Pitchfork music festival timeline with a list of artists
2021 festival timeline with a list of artists

5. RV Camping: The most fantastic accommodation
for Pitchfork Festival

It would be good to rent an RV in the city as there are no camping sites at the Pitchfork Music Festival. You can check out at McCormick Place – one of the most common RV spots. It is just about 5 miles from Union Park. You have to pay $37 per night for overnight RV parking. However, amenities and electricity connections are not available in the parking facility.

One of the RV camping sites near Union Park in Pitchfork Music Festival
One of the RV camping sites near Union Park

6. How much are tickets to Pitchfork Music Festival?

A single-day ticket will cost you $75 while a three-day one is $175. No charge is required for children ages 10 or younger. Especially, if you have a large budget and want to experience the first-class service, you can choose three-day +PLUS tickets which cost $375. You can enter the festival faster and use AC bathrooms if buying such Plus tickets. You are also able to buy food and beverage from a local vendor named Fat Rice and a bag of festival candies. You can purchase the ticket on Pitchfork’s website or go directly to Ashland Avenue from 11 am to 9 pm every day.

Pitchfork Music Festival book tickets via the official website
You can book tickets via the official website


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