Take a sigh of relief. It’s that time again.
Even though the flip-flops and shorts of Summer 2015 may still be far ahead of us, the whisperings of the music festival season are back and better than ever (including those concerning a festival hosted by your favorite college radio station…). The latest installment of hype surrounding the slew of annual outdoor concerts set to take over in the coming months has been delivered to us via Chicago: The Pitchfork Music Festival has announced this year’s lineup.
The festival, set for July 17th-19th in its usual home of Union Park, has signed on Wilco, Sleater-Kinney, and Chance the Rapper to headline each of the three days. Here are a couple of impulsive early lineup favorites, and you can check out the full lineup (by day, courtesy of Pitchfork) here.
It may be the Chicagoan in me, or it may be my incredible respect for one of the most versatile rock bands of our time. But whatever it may be, a Wilco festival slot is something to rejoice about. The last time they hit Chicago in a fest-like setting was in 2013 during Bob Dylan’s Americanarama tour. Although they’ve hit the Windy City since then, notably for a six-date stint at the Riviera Theater, Wilco playing in front of a setting sun over the Chicago skyline is something oh-so-beautiful that can never get old.
If having Rolling Stone’s #6 album of the year wasn’t enough of a clue, Mac DeMarco is continuing to grow in this industry. The Salad Days star hit the Paris installment of the festival (shown below) in 2013, and based on some historical perspective we can safely say that DeMarco’s stage show is one to take note of.
Vic Mensa is a Chicago rapper that started off his career in the jazz/blues/hip-hop outfit Kids These Days. After their dissipation, Mensa released a mix tape and appeared on a series of high profile collaborations with rappers like Chance the Rapper and Kanye West. If his appearance on the upcoming Kanye West is any sign, he is about to make some big waves in the rap game.