Monday, July 29, 2019

[RECAP + PHOTOS] Pitchfork Music Festival 2K19

ALL PHOTOS BY AMANDA KOELLNER

Written by Amanda Koellner

Would it be a music festival in Chicago without sweltering heat and/or torrential downpour? Of course not, and Pitchfork 2K19 sweetly offered up both, leaving many—particularly on Saturday—wondering: sweat, rain, or voluntary/desperate self-douse? Despite the less than ideal weather conditions (and wet hair), of course ample fun was had, drinks were drank, dances were danced.

HAIM enjoyed their first-ever festival headlining set (and covered not one but two Paula Cole songs), The Isley Brothers proved it is, indeed, *their* thing with a hit-stocked 60th anniversary party Saturday night, and an eclectic mash-up of genres and performers across three days and as many stages gave everyone something to enjoy. (P.S. Don’t sleep on black midi—those kids are going places.)

The weekend rose to a crescendo as temperatures cooled and performances heated up on Sunday with a sunset slot for Charli XCX, who ripped through her catalog of collaborative bangers (and even brought out hometown hero Cupcake for “Lipgloss"), followed up weekend closer, the reigning queen of dance-out-your-heartache, Robyn. At this point, “Dancing On My Own” and “Call Your Girlfriend” are so ubiquitous in the pop music cannon that damn-nearly everyone in attendance was willing and able to belt every world, creating a Union Park sing-along that gave a smiling middle finger to any Sunday scares trying to creep in on the end of yet another perfect Pitchfork.