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Festival Review: CoS at Pitchfork 2012

on July 16, 2012, 8:11pm
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pitchforkfest2012 e1342478347580 Festival Review: CoS at Pitchfork 2012

No summer storm could quash the fervor that accompanies Pitchfork Music Festival. While the crowd did at times seem abnormally small compared to recent years (especially on Friday), the anticipation running through those who dared to brave the thunderclaps on their bikes on day one, or those who braved crowded CTA busses on day two, or those who hitched a ride in from the suburbs on day three didn’t dip a bit.

Thanks to the chilly pulses of wind and rain, there were some new fashion trends to add onto your typical face-painted nuts in swimsuits and nerdy looking dudes in old school NBA jerseys (though there were, as always, plenty of those). We’re talking trash bag ponchos, newspaper hats, and galoshes galore on the first two days. The glaring sun on day three pushed thoughts of all those aside, and brought with it lots of snap-backs and Ray Bans. The excited grin, though, remained the most widespread accessory throughout. Despite crowds split between scene-mates (the Deerhunter boys and the San Fran garage psych scene playing at essentially the same time) and the relatively mellow headliners, and thanks to a few surprise appearances, fans were in for another successful Pitchfork Music Festival.

-Adam Kivel
Senior Editor

Photography by Joshua Mellin.

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Ethan Ellis
January 13, 2013 at 6:58 pm

Umm… Feist was the friday headliner. Yes, Purity ring was the last band to play at the blue stage but that doesn’t really qualify as headliner status.

Lee Kate
July 19, 2012 at 5:30 am

Very good show. If I can see the live show.

July 17, 2012 at 10:48 pm

Shame no write up on King Krule’s set, it was one of the best of the whole weekend.

July 17, 2012 at 9:01 pm

Great photography!!!

July 16, 2012 at 9:52 pm

I appreciate the chance pitchfork took with GY!BE as a headliner. Most festivals would be afraid to put them to close a night or would sneak them in a tent while a more mainstream act is playing on a bigger stage(coachella) as a fan of festivals and GY!BE I’m glad to see the respect that they deserve given. Seen them 3 times I’m sure they put on a great show.

July 16, 2012 at 9:44 pm

Whomever wrote the Ty Segall blurb needs to get his facts straight.


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