Pitchfork Festival Dates, Lineup


As the Chicago winter reluctantly becomes the spring, and the charcoal grills and lawn chairs emerge from hibernation, the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival — to be held in Chicago’s Union Park Friday, July 17 through Sunday, July 19 — is pleased to be announcing even more undeniably unique and ground-breaking acts performing at this year’s event. Saturday will see performances by Beirut, DOOM, Lindstrøm, and Ponytail and on Sunday, the festival will be adding Frightened Rabbit, The Mae Shi, DJ/Rupture, and Dianogah to the ultimate festival lineup of the summer.

Those who remember the speed with which tickets sold out last year should not find it surprising that the number of 3-day passes is quickly diminishing and should be sold out within the week. Those who have not purchased tickets yet should visit the official festival website.

 Remember, ticket buyers can go online and “Write the Night” by voting for the set list of their dreams for the bands performing on Friday night. The ballot boxes are open until June 12. Those who have already purchased a ticket but have yet to vote should be sure to check their purchase confirmation email for a link to the polls.  


Friday – “Write the Night: Set Lists by Request”

Built to Spill

The Jesus Lizard

Yo La Tengo



The National

Beirut *



The Pains of Being Pure at Heart

F**ked Up

Plants and Animals

Matt and Kim

Lindstrøm *


Ponytail *

Charles Hamilton

The Duchess and the Duke



The Flaming Lips

Grizzly Bear


The Walkmen

Pharoahe Monch

Blitzen Trapper

Frightened Rabbit *

The Mae Shi *

Black Lips

The Very Best


Vivian Girls


DJ/Rupture *


Dianogah *

* Just added

About the Pitchfork Music Festival:

This year marks the fourth anniversary of the Pitchfork Music Festival — and the fifth time Pitchfork has presented a music festival in Union Park. The three-day event will once again showcase a wide range of global artists on three stages, with a focus on forward thinking programming at a reasonable price. Beginning with the music and continuing through all facets of its production, the Pitchfork Music Festival is dedicated to providing both attendees and musicians an overwhelmingly positive, comfortable, and fun experience. In years past the Pitchfork Music Festival has proven to be the best event to see indie stars in key, ascendant points in their careers, as well as a wide range of established and widely loved artists that appeal to a diverse audience.

An independently run, consistently sold-out festival, Pitchfork attracts more than 45,000 fans of all ages from 45 states and 11 countries. With over 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the Pitchfork Music Festival offers attendees a wide range of activities on top of its stellar musical program. Additionally, the fest not only supports local businesses and the local economy, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole.

Pitchfork Media is the premier destination for music criticism, news, features, and audio/video content. With more than 1.9 million unique readers per month and over 20 million page views, Pitchfork has earned one of the internet’s most loyal followings and a reputation as the music world’s primary tastemaker.

Tickets for the 2009 Pitchfork Music Festival are on sale now. More bands will be announced in the coming weeks and further information can be found here.


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