Pitchfork Fest 2018 Ignores Electronic Music (Again)

Pitchfork Music Fest 2018 Lineup

Today Pitchfork announced the lineup for its 2018 shindig, taking place July 20-22, 2018, at Chicago’s Union Park. Aside from performances by Mount Kimbie, Kelly Lee Owens and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith, festival organizers have ignored the genre once again.

To be fair, Pitchfork has done a credible job covering electronic music, hiring writers and critics that understand the history of the medium. But in terms of its annual festival the publication presents in Chicago, they’ve continually ignored electronic music in favor of presenting sets from up-and-coming indie acts for some unknown reason. What, they couldn’t get Aphex Twin to come to the Windy City?

Festival producer Mike Reed seems to think this year’s lineup is musically diverse.

In a press release he boasted, “Since the festival’s inception, we’ve tried to present the most unique and eclectic musical lineup. Unlike other festivals, music is always at the forefront, so it’s great to step back and see how diverse and inclusive the music makers and listeners have become. We hopefully do our best to reflect that by simply staying true to our initial ideals.”

Here’s hoping they throw dance music fans a bone next year.

Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 Lineup

Tame Impala
Courtney Barnett
Mount Kimbie
Big Thief
Earl Sweatshirt
Julien Baker
Open Mike Eagle
Julie Byrne
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
Lucy Dacus
The Curls

Fleet Foxes
The War on Drugs
Blood Orange
Raphael Saadiq
This Is Not This Heat
Moses Sumney
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Circuit des Yeux
Nilüfer Yanya
Zola Jesus
Paul Cherry

Ms. Lauryn Hill–The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Performance
Chaka Khan
(Sandy) Alex G
Alex Cameron
Japanese Breakfast
Kelly Lee Owens
Ravyn Lenae
Kweku Collins
Irreversible Entanglements
Nnamdi Ogbonnaya

The story’s intro has been updated to reflect that electronic artists Kelly Lee Owens and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith are on the bill.

Ekkohaus March 2018 Chart


  1. Ekkohaus – Shout it Out (Holic Trax)
  2. Riccio – Here You Are (Bosconi Extra Virgin)
  3. George P – Life in Sequences (Diaphan)
  4. Ekkohaus – Dub Accent (Cenital)
  5. Red Rack’em – Place From Me (Bergerac)
  6. George P – Life in Sequences (Diaphan)
  7. Bosconi Soundsystem – Three Healthy Birds (Bosconi)
  8. Claro Intelecto – Sunshine (Delsin)
  9. Ekkohaus – Fable (ACKT imprint)
  10. Christian Vance – Uneasy Me (Brikha’s Sleazy Me Mix) (Art of Vengeance)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Cristiano Cellu March 2018 Chart

Cristiano Cellu

  1. Cristiano Cellu, Simone M – Phaconto – Be Apart
  2. Lancaster – Me & My Shadow – Alfa Romero Recordings
  3. Peter Makto feat. Katya – Sharp Lines (Breakbeat Mix) – Truesounds
  4. Robot Koch, May – Gold (Parra For Cuva Remix) – Trees & Cyborg
  5. Davide Squillace feat. Alex Nazar – The Boogie Man – Crosstown Rebels
  6. Desert Sound Colony – Sunrise Of My Mind (Denis Horvat Remix) – Fayer
  7. Half Of Me – Going Nowhere – Unreleased
  8. Masaje – Celebrate (Future Proof Remix) – Moonboutique
  9. Oliver Schories – Fakir – Soso
  10. Economist – Metamorphosis (Doctor Dru Remix) – Upon You

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Deepak Sharma March 2018 Chart

Deepak Sharma

  1. Deepak Sharma – Bias Test (Hidden Recordings)
  2. Troy – Ceres (Klockworks)
  3. Oliver Deutschmann – Service (Mote-Evolver)
  4. Amotik – Bais (Amotik)
  5. AWB – Kinetic Lullaby (Pris Remix) (Taapion Records)
  6. Bas Mooy – Mist (Illegal Alien LTD)
  7. SNTS – Fearless (In Silent Series)
  8. Tensal – Fano (Soma)
  9. Subjected – Tropfmeise (ARTS)
  10. JC Laurent – Surveillance Plane (Dynamic Reflection)

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

Modbox March 2018 Chart


  1. Titonton Duvante e Fabrice Lig – Sensual – Rawax
  2. Zendid – AM Isobho – Timeframe
  3. Charonne – Astro Speed Kawasaki (Akufen Remix) – Automatic Writing
  4. Minimono – This Side Of The Forest – Inner Balance
  5. Youandewan – Fantasy Fear – The Brane
  6. Federico Molinari – Fat Cat – Nerv Music
  7. Ittetsu – Make to Sense – Ittesu Rec
  8. Jorge Savoretti – Savanna – Raum Musik
  9. Genè on Earth – Pulse Mode – Limousine Dream
  10. Anderson – Rubikz Cube – Wex

DJs, submit your top 10 chart along with a photo and we’ll publish.

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