Erykah Badu, Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent to Headline Pitchfork Festival in September

Pitchfork Festival 2021
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Erykah Badu, Phoebe Bridgers and St. Vincent are scheduled to headline the Pitchfork Music Festival, which returns to Chicago after a pandemic-induced skip year in 2020. The festival will return to the city’s Union Park on the weekend of Sept. 10-12; the announcement comes on the heels of the Lollapalooza festival’s expected return to Chicago from July 29- Aug. 1.

Covid protocols for the festival are listed below. While the city of Chicago expects to reopen fully by July 4, according to statements last week, current plans call for all attendees to be required to wear masks on the festival grounds.

Pitchfork opens on Friday with Bridgers, Big Thief, Animal Collective, Yaeji, The Fiery Furnaces (their first show in over a decade), Black Midi, Hop Along, Kelly Lee Owens, Ela Minus, Dehd, The Soft Pink Truth, DJ Nate, Dogleg, and Armand Hammer.

Saturday features St. Vincent, Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon, Ty Segall & Freedom Band, Waxahatchee, Jay Electronica, Jamila Woods, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Faye Webster, Amaarae, Maxo Kream, Divino Niño, Bartees Strange, and Horsegirl.

On Sunday, the Festival hosts Erykah Badu, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Danny Brown, Cat Power, Andy Shauf, Caroline Polachek, Yves Tumor, The Weather Station, Mariah the Scientist, Oso Oso, KeiyaA, Special Interest, and Cassandra Jenkins.

“We are unbelievably excited to celebrate the return of live shows, our music community, and, most importantly, the artists and events crews who have made this year’s festival possible,” says Pitchfork editor in chief Puja Patel. “I know this will be a cathartic weekend for all of us, and that it lands right before the 25th anniversary of the publication makes it all the more special.”

Tickets are on sale now. Three-day passes are $195 and single-day passes are $90. The Pitchfork PLUS upgrade, including a range of exclusive amenities, is $385 for a three-day pass and $185 for a single-day pass.

If the festival is postponed or rescheduled due to COVID-19, ticket buyers can keep their passes for the new dates or request a refund. More details are available here.

To ensure the health and safety of guests, artists, and staff, the Pitchfork Music Festival will adhere to the city of Chicago’s COVID-19 protocol, and will keep attendees updated as federal, state, and local regulations evolve. For the latest safety guidelines, visit Pitchfork Music Festival’s FAQ page.

COVID-19 regulations currently include:

  • Attendees aged 12 and older will be required to provide proof of a COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test within the past 24 hours, each day of the festival. Visit the city of Chicago’s website for a list of local COVID-19 test providers (here), and vaccination providers (here).
  • In accordance with current IDPH and CDPH guidelines, masks will be required throughout festival grounds. Masks may be removed when eating and drinking. Pitchfork is working closely with local health officials and will continue to update this policy as local guidelines become available.