Photography by Nina Corcoran
When looking back at this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival, the first thing that will come to mind might just be the torrential thunderstorm that forced the temporary evacuation of Union Park midday Saturday. Early in the evening, the sky cracked open, heavy raindrops tilted sideways in the wind, and the sky turned black. Some fled, others hunkered under whatever shelter they could find. Modular carpeting company FLOR had been handing out samples to use as seating on the grass, but they soon became makeshift umbrellas and patches to cover the mud pits.
Watching everyone run back in through the gates after the brief exodus was perhaps the most exuberant moment of the tenth edition of the festival. The rain did produce its share of hiccups: Vince Staples was stuck in a Detroit airport and Sophie’s set was cancelled (presumably weather-related, but as of typing I haven’t heard official word). But those that stuck around were rewarded greatly.
But more importantly, it should be remembered that all that cataclysmic weather couldn’t damper the spirits of the thousands of music-hungry attendees. That was only one of three days, after all. The rest of the weekend held up to the festival’s typical standard, combining tried-and-true festival staples with explosive new talents, jumping genres and pumping out jams.
Ten years into its tenure in Chicago’s Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival shows no signs of slowing down. The party continues to grow and the crowd with it. With that sort of growth and change, we decided to take a look at our ten favorite sets of the weekend and guess at what they might be up to ten years from now, as well as dish out some details on what exactly went into their performances.