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
FRIDAY, JULY 20
Open Mike Eagle
Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society
SATURDAY, JULY 21
The War on Drugs
This Is Not This Heat
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
Circuit des Yeux
SUNDAY, JULY 22
Ms. Lauryn Hill–The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill 20th Anniversary Performance
(Sandy) Alex G
Kelly Lee Owens
The story’s intro has been updated to reflect that electronic artists Kelly Lee Owens and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith are on the bill.