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Pitchfork Music Festival 2021: Sunday Preview Guide

And just like that, the 2021 Pitchfork Music Festival officially kicks off tomorrow afternoon. It’s been a long road to get here, and things will certainly feel a bit different this year, but let’s appreciate the fact that it’s able to happen. My introduction to the Sunday preview guide always includes tips on how to enhance your festival experience, so here’s the 411. If this were happening in mid-July as usual, I’d say that your top priority should be staying hydrated. Technically that remains true in September too, just the temperatures will be more manageable and you won’t be sweating as much. Drink plenty of water and you’ll feel better every day. Wear sunscreen and bug spray. It seems obvious, but people forget. Bring a poncho, ideally one you can keep folded in your pocket. Rain is always a possibility, even if it’s just a pop up shower. And of course have your mask and either a proof of vaccination or recent negative COVID test at the ready because you won’t get in without them.

If you’re not interested in watching performances all day long and need a bit of a respite, there are other activities on the grounds of Union Park to distract yourself. There are lots of food and beverage options. You can stop by sponsored tents/kiosks with games you can play or free stuff being given away. The CHIRP Record Fair has plenty of vinyl and other music goods you can check out. The Flatstock Poster Fair brings in artists from all over the country showing off and selling posters they’ve created for concerts and other things. There’s also the Renegade Craft Fair, which showcases a bunch of handmade goods from artisan crafters. You may just find a cool little tchotchke to carry around with you for the duration of the festival and beyond. So yes! If you’re headed to Union Park this weekend, I hope you’ll have a blast and stay safe for this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival. For those of us focused on the music, here’s the guide to what you’ll see and hear on Sunday.

Easy Access: Lineup Playlist, Friday Preview Guide, Saturday Preview Guide

Pitchfork Music Festival 2021: Saturday Preview Guide

Saturday at Pitchfork 2021 should be a little weird and a little fun, which honestly is kind of right in this festival’s wheelhouse. The diversity of artists increases from Friday, but the number of genres represented decreases overall despite a few acts that blur a lot of lines with experimentation. The day builds in energy early but then hits a small speedbump in mid-afternoon before picking back up again to close things out. The Blue stage is the place to hang out if you’re interested in high quality rap and R&B, while Red and Green will focus largely on rock acts. Unfortunately there aren’t really any electronic acts on Saturday, but if you really want to dance I’m certain you can find a way.

There are some major schedule conflicts on Saturday that may be difficult to navigate for the astute music listener, however the good thing is that the stages are close enough you can easily split your time between them and not have to worry about missing too much. I’ve done my best to help you make some hard decisions with some descriptions and recommendations below. Perhaps the best advice I can give is to challenge yourself in some way by checking out an artist you’ve never heard or seen in concert before. If you’re not enjoying a set, just walk away. There’s almost always another stage in action, and if not, you can explore the grounds of Union Park a bit and maybe get some food. Don’t hesitate to seek out “Better Distractions”, as Faye Webster would call them. Here’s a closer look at Saturday’s lineup, broken down by hour and conflicts.

Easy Access:聽Lineup Playlist,聽Friday Preview Guide,聽Sunday Preview Guide

Pitchfork Music Festival 2021: Friday Preview Guide

On paper, and perhaps in execution, Friday seems like it’ll be a somewhat strange day at Pitchfork Music Festival. The lineup and the way it’s organized is kind of all over the place from a genre perspective. Rap that tests the limits of the art form, electronic stuff to get you dancing, hard-nosed punk to rev up the energy, psychedelic/experimental to cool you down, and of course emotionally heavy indie rock that may bring tears to your eyes. That level of sonic diversity is not for the faint of heart, but pays dividends to those willing to explore and test their own limits. It should be a whole lot of fun, too!

If you’re planning to attend the festival and are at all unsure about what artists to see during what time of day, my hope is that this preview guide will help you make some critical decisions. I’ve broken Friday’s lineup down by hourly time slot, and included my personal recommendations on what’s worth checking out in case you need it. Really though, it’s all pretty fantastic and there are no wrong choices. Here’s what you shouldn’t miss on Friday, which basically amounts to encouraging you to show up early.

Easy Access:聽Lineup Playlist,聽Saturday Preview Guide,聽Sunday Preview Guide

Pitchfork Music Festival 2021: The Playlist

Welcome once again to Pitchfork Music Festival week here at Faronheit! It’s always a genuine thrill to provide wall-to-wall coverage of this 3-day live music extravaganza, but especially so in 2021 following last year’s pandemic-related cancellation. Of course the pandemic is very much still happening and conditions are not ideal for tens of thousands of people to gather close together and watch performances, however vaccines and masking have greatly reduced the chance of contracting COVID-19 and even breakthrough cases are highly unlikely to result in hospitalization or death. Of course there’s also the possibility of infecting your friends and loved ones. It’s important to note that attending any large scale public event these days comes with certain risks, and before purchasing a ticket you should determine how much you’re willing to accept.

Easy Access:聽Friday Preview Guide,聽Saturday Preview Guide,聽Sunday Preview Guide

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 8-26-21

Danny L Harle – On A Mountain (Flume Remix)

Kim Petras – Future Starts Now

Sigrid – Burning Bridges

Pick Your Poison: Monday 8-23-21

BANKS – Skinnydipped

Sleigh Bells – Justine Go Genesis

Young Thug – Tick Tock

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 8-19-21

illuminati hotties – Pool Hopping (Strange Pool Remix ft. Bartees Strange)

Nilufer Yanya – Same Damn Luck (Little Dragon Remix)

Remi Wolf – Quiet On Set

Pick Your Poison: Monday 8-16-21

ericdoa – back n forth

J.I.D – Ambassel

Kidd Kenn – Get Lit

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 8-12-21

Courtney Barnett – Before You Gotta Go

Magdalena Bay – Secrets (Your Fire)

Sufjan Stevens & Angelo De Augustine – Back to Oz

Pick Your Poison: Monday 8-9-21

Big Red Machine – Mimi (ft. Ilsey)

CHVRCHES – Good Girls (John Carpenter Remix)

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – That Life

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 8-5-21

Morly – Eliogy

Tierra Whack – Walk The Beat

Wet – Larabar

Pick Your Poison: Monday 8-2-21

Aluna & Punctual – Summer of Love

Matt Berninger – I’m Waiting for the Man (Velvet Underground cover)

TOKiMONSTA – Naked (ft. Channel Tres)

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 7-29-21

Alessia Cara – Shapeshifter

Isaiah Rashad – Wat U Sed (ft. Iamdoechii & Kal Banx)

Sleigh Bells – Locust Laced

Pick Your Poison: Monday 7-26-21

bbno$ – edamame (ft. Rich Brian)

DeathbyRomy – Day I Die

Jeremy Zucker – HONEST

Pick Your Poison: Thursday 7-22-21

Abstract Mindstate – A Wise Tale

Remi Wolf – Liquor Store

Wednesday – How Can You Live If You Can’t Love How Can You If You Do

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