Last weekend we ran away to Chicago for the annual Pitchfork Festival. A mecca of all things indie, it’s one of favourite festivals for a number of reasons. The curation is always on point. The size isn’t too big or overwhelming. There’s a record fair. There’s a poster fair. There’s good food. Good people. We could go on and on. This year, the festival once again brought only excellence. Check out our photos below to see what we got into.
Recent Polaris Prize nominee Carly Rae Jepsen’s set was everything we could have hoped for and more. As huge fans of E•MO•TION we were overjoyed to finally see our Canadian pop princess live. We sang our hearts out along with CRJ, leaving all those boy problems at the door. Like, how CUTE is she?! Just a sunny beam of positive energy.
Did we mention that Dev Hynes AKA Blood Orange came out to sing “All That”? Yeah. As it was Pitchfork, there was a bevy of ironic funny signs, because of course. This girl held it down. Broken Social Scene brought us a taste of Toronto.
Amy Millan of Stars came through, pregnant belly and all!
Andrew Whiteman clapped along.
Our first night came to a close with our fav, Shamir, who even treated us to some new songs.
Obviously it was a dance party.
Too cute. Too much fun.
Savages took on the scalding Saturday sun and slayed, as always.Jehnny Beth is just such a bad-ass. Next we caught Blood Orange’s set which was smooth, juicy & delicious.This decked out Blood Orange band member, like 2 Chainz but different. Dev Hynes played a sweet set of Freetown Sound cuts as well as some old hits, bringing out special guests Carly Rae Jepsen & Empress Of during the set.
We made friends with some babes while dancing.
That feeling when you’re just sinking into the sound.
It’s why we go to these things right?
We haven’t been able to stop playing Anderson .Paak’s latest album Malibu.
Unsurprisingly, his set was hype as heck.
.Paak taking a moment to let it all sink in.
Experimental electric composer & sound artist Holly Herndon had a text doc set-up, where she’d live type her thoughts for us to read. While there were a few technical difficulties, we didn’t mind waiting & reading her stream-of-consciousness in the meantime. Naturally, they were just as insightful as her tunes.
We closed up our Saturday night with real life angel Sufjan Stevens.
Stevens was joined on stage by a whole family of neon dancers and cherubs.
Even Moses Sumney joined in.
In contrast to his latest tour for tear-jerker album Carrie & Lowell, Sufjan shook things up, playing a verity of upbeat jammers that lifted our spirits.
We started off our Sunday with jazz saxophonist & Kendrick Lamar collaborator Kamasi Washington. The band was tight & the vibes so smooth.
So so so smooth.
This dude was digging it. We also really dig his hair.
Kamasi Washington’s lovely back-up singer was radiating sunny energy.
We couldn’t help but smile along.
Kamasi even brought out his father, jazz musician Rickey Washington.
Spotted in the VIP.
Caught some Holy Ghost! Got funky.
Face Jewels > Flower Crowns
Empress Of played a stunning solo set that had us dancing, embracing the sweat & turning it into something sweet, sprinkled with fun samples.
If you’ve yet to listen to her fantastic debut album Me get on it already.
Chicago boy Jeremih was celebrating his birthday and brought the hits to match.
Jeremih brought out a ton of surprise guests, including Chance The Rapper. We don’t have a picture of that though cus it was too lit, but just trust it was bonkers.The packed festival weekend came to a close with the goddess FKA Twigs.
Needless to say, she gave us chill.
Honestly how is she human? She can’t be right?
Good call on having FKA Twigs as the closer seeing as it’s quite impossible for anyone to top her moves.
A magical end to a magical weekend.