Pitchfork is stepping it up this year.
Pitchfork Music Festival has finally given fans its full 2018 lineup.
After a muralist slowly released the names of artists alongside cocktail bar Violet Hour in Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, the organization has tossed out the idea and released the lineup in its entirety via their website.
The lineup is typical Pitchfork fare: Tame Impala, Courtney Barnett, The War on Drugs, Zola Jesus, and Japandroids. But there were some serious surprises.
First and foremost: Lauryn Hill performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill in its entirety on Sunday July 22nd. She is performing the iconic album as a 20th anniversary of its release.
Miseducation sat atop the Billboard 200 chart and brought home 5 Grammys which included Album of the Year. The historic win was the first ever hip-hop album to receive the prestigious honor.
Lauren Hill rarely performs live anymore, so this will be a set not to miss.
The second surprise comes from another headliner: Fleet Foxes. The band has kept a relatively low profile since going on a four year hiatus. The band got back together just last year for their 2017 release Crack-Up.
They went on tour in the fall, but this is the first time in years that they’ve worked the festival circuit. They will be playing Coachella and Shaky Knees Festival as well.
Festival producer Mike Reed said of the festival in a press release,
“Since the festival’s inception, we’ve tried to present the most unique and eclectic musical lineup. Unlike other festivals, music is always at the forefront, so it’s great to step back and see how diverse and inclusive the music makers and listeners have become. We hopefully do our best to reflect that by simply staying true to our initial ideals.”
His comments are likely a stab at other festivals that have come under fire for their lack of not only diversity in the music, but also a lack of gender equality.
Pitchfork, as Complex notes, does right by both genders by creating an equal and diverse lineup.
The festival will run Friday July 20th through Sunday July 22nd at Chicago’s Union Park. Tickets start at $75 for one day passes and $175 for a three day pass.
Attendees can also upgrade to a Pitchfork Plus package that gives exclusive access to premium food vendors and private specialty bars.
Tickets can be purchased here.
Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 Line-up
Friday, July 20
Open Mike Eagle
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
Saturday, July 21
The War on Drugs
This Is Not This Heat
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Circuit des Yeux
Sunday, July 22
Ms. Lauryn Hill (performing The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill)
(Sandy) Alex G
Kelly Lee Owens
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