PFork Fest: Yeasayer, Blitzen


With exactly three months to go between now and the festivities, 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 stellar acts performing at this year's event. Saturday will see performances by Yeasayer, Plants and Animals, and Disappears, and on Sunday, the festival will be adding Blitzen Trapper, Mew, Japandroids, and Women to the increasingly irresistible lineup.

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. Those who have not purchased tickets yet should visit the official festival website -

To recap the 2009 lineup so far:

Friday - "Write the Night: Set Lists by Request":
Built to Spill
The Jesus Lizard
Yo La Tengo

The National
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart
Fucked Up
Plants and Animals*
Matt and Kim
Charles Hamilton
The Duchess and The Duke

The Flaming Lips
Grizzly Bear
The Walkmen
Pharoahe Monch
Blitzen Trapper*
Black Lips
The Very Best
Vivian Girls

* Just added

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.

[Published on: 4/17/09]

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mesaxi star Fri 4/17/2009 12:57PM
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MyFavBandIsTheBestYoursSucks Fri 4/17/2009 12:59PM
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^^ Now thats what I call an inisightful comment!

briank67 Fri 4/17/2009 01:13PM
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"lame" -- at least 45,000 people would disagree with that. mesaxi i'd love to see you start your own festival and get tens of thousands of people to come out to it. post pics when you do that, k thanks!

Beaser starstarstar Fri 4/17/2009 01:23PM
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Friday night looks good to me..

yourmammaz Fri 4/17/2009 01:36PM
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moejoerisin Fri 4/17/2009 02:07PM
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nice job with the openmindedness, fellas. i'll be the first to say that this festival is kick ass. i'm sure most of you haven't heard anyone on that line up but the flaming lips.

lsamuel3 Fri 4/17/2009 02:15PM
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some great acts on this bill that jamband fans would definitly like

blitzen trapper, yo la tango, tortoise (think The Slip Aliveelectric)

plants & animals have a pretty unique sound, a nice blend of classic rock and the avant garde

briank67 Fri 4/17/2009 02:15PM
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ha--some posts (including one of mine) were mod'd. but i wasn't the one using personal attacks or offensive remarks. all i said is i prefer informed opinions over thoughtless, divisive ignorance--what's wrong with that?

Gigger starstarstarstar Fri 4/17/2009 02:19PM
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blizen trappers last album was probably my favorite album of last year

cookahlookah Fri 4/17/2009 02:26PM
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This festival looks good to me, and besides you can't beat the price ($75 for 3 day pass). Yeasayer and Blitzen Trapper are two groups I've been meaning to catch for sometime now. Yeasayer particularly. They have an amazing psychedelic/gospel/wtf sound, and I've yet to play their cd to someone that didn't totally dig it. Check em out.

chidodger Fri 4/17/2009 04:45PM
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Pitchfork, where the most popular thing is not being popular.....and once it becomes popular, it just isn't popular anymore. What a strange place.

yuturn Fri 4/17/2009 07:20PM
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wait hold on... what makes this one a festival?

jerZ Sat 4/18/2009 06:39AM
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DId you ever notice that some people never actually comment on the band/event, but always comment about other people's comments. If you feel like you are an internet vigilante sent to regulate the jambase comment boards then you have a problem

jerZ Sat 4/18/2009 06:42AM
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In order for something to be a festival, doesn't it have to be festive?

krsmall starstarstarstarstar Sat 4/18/2009 11:56AM
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You people are fools, for 75 bucks you cannot beat this festival! The lineup keeps on getting better!

n-1 Sat 4/18/2009 10:44PM
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pitchfork doesn't allow comments on their page which goes against the purpose of the internet.