7 Must-See Pitchfork Fest Artists: From the Summer's Coolest Headliners to Underground Punk

Francis and the Lights, Solange & Mitski
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Francis and the Lights, Solange & Mitski

As the hipster haven returns to Chicago’s Union Park July 14-16, this year’s most notable performers reflect the mix of old and new, common and rare. 

Dawn Richard

From Danity Kane stardom to solo avant-garde R&B act, Richard will keep indie fans guessing during an atypical fest show.

Francis & the Lights

The R&B experimentalist has been bringing out Chance the Rapper as a surprise guest all summer ... and the Chicago MC has no gigs scheduled during Pitchfork weekend.?


The discordant D.C. punks aren’t at Coachella level yet, but their Nothing Feels Natural album is one of the year’s most thrilling listens.

Arab Strap

The Scottish indie cult heroes will treat the fest’s older contingent to its first U.S. gig since splitting in 2006.    

LCD Soundsystem?

Raise the disco ball! James Murphy and Co. will play cuts off new album American Dream (out Sept. 1) after headlining several fests last year. 


The well-traveled force behind Pitchfork’s top-ranked 2016 albumA Seat at the Table, closes out Sunday with exquisite R&B.


Last year’s acclaimed Puberty 2 album gets a 2017 victory lap; the next LP could spell main-stage slots.


This article originally appeared in the July 22 issue of Billboard.


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