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Pitchfork Music Festival Returning To Union Park In September With Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent, Erykah Badu

Ticket buyers should be fully vaccinated or willing to show proof of a negative rapid COVID-19 test before attending the Union Park event in September.

Alexa Viscius for Pitchfork

NEAR WEST SIDE —  After COVID-19 forced cancelation last year, the Pitchfork Music Fest is set to return with Erykah Badu, Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent and many more.

Pitchfork announced the more than 40 musicians and music acts that will play the fest Sept. 10-12 in Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph St. The festival typically occurs in late July but was pushed back amid coronavirus restrictions.

“We are unbelievably excited to celebrate the return of live shows, our music community, and, most importantly, the artists and events crews who have made this year’s festival possible,“ Puja Patel, Pitchfork editor-in-chief said in a statement. “I know this will be a cathartic weekend for all of us, and that it lands right before the 25th anniversary of the publication makes it all the more special.”

Tickets are available here. Attendees 12 and over will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or a negative PCR rest within 24 hours for each day of attendance. Masks will also be required during the festival.

Here’e the lineup:

Phoebe Bridgers
Big Thief
Animal Collective
The Fiery Furnaces
black midi
Hop Along
Kelly Lee Owens
Ela Minus
The Soft Pink Truth
DJ Nate
Special Interest
Armand Hammer

St. Vincent
Angel Olsen
Kim Gordon
Ty Segall
Jay Electronica
Jamila Woods
Georgia Anne Muldrow
Faye Webster
Maxo Kream
Divino Niño
Bartees Strange

Erykah Baduh
Flying Lotus
Danny Brown
Cat Power
Andy Shauf
Caroline Polacheck
Yves Tumor
The Weather Station
Mariah the Scientist
oso oso
Cassandra Jenkins

Last year, festivals, parades, neighborhood events came to a screeching halt in an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. With the vaccine rollout underway, Gov. JB Pritzker and Mayor Lori Lightfoot have been loosening restrictions.

The state will only allow festivals, large events and conventions when Illinois moves into Phase 5 of its reopening plan. Last week, Pritzker said all of Illinois could move into Phase 5 as soon as June 11, so long as coronavirus metrics stabilize or continue to fall.

Riot Fest organizers have started promoting their festival at Douglass Park for Sept. 17-19. ARC Music Festival, a new house and techno festival, is slated for Labor Day weekend. Lollapalooza is reportedly set to return in August.

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