Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 moves to fall with Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, Phoebe Bridgers

The festival will take place in September this year in Union Park after being canceled in 2020.

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Erykah Badu performs onstage at Black Girls Rock 2019 Hosted By Niecy Nash at NJPAC on August 25, 2019 in Newark, New Jersey.

Erykah Badu performs onstage at Black Girls Rock 2019 in Newark, New Jersey. The singer headlines Pitchfork on Sept. 12 in Chicago.

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There will be a Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago this year, but fans will need to wait till September to catch the bands.

A staple in Chicago each July for the past 14 years, except in 2020 when the festival was canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, Pitchfork is scheduled to take place this year on Sept. 10-12 in Union Park in the West Loop, it was confirmed Monday morning.

The full lineup for the fest was also announced, and includes headliners Phoebe Bridgers (Friday), St. Vincent (Saturday) and Erykah Badu (Sunday).

Tickets are now on sale at pitchforkmusicfestival.com. Three-day passes are $195; single-day tickets are $90. Pitchfork PLUS upgrades bump the prices to $385 for a three-day pass, $185 for single-day.

News of Pitchfork comes on the heels of announcements for the return of two other major Chicago outdoor musical festivals: Riot Fest, Sept. 17-19 in Douglass Park, and the newly renamed Spring Awakening — now pushed to the fall and called Autumn Equinox — Oct. 2-3 in Addams/Medill Park. Confirmation of a 2021 Lollapalooza in Grant Park is reportedly coming later this week.

Festival organizers say the event will adhere to all state and local COVID-19 protocols, which currently call for attendees ages 12 and older to provide proof of a COVID vaccination or a negative PCR test within the 24 hours prior to each day of the festival. Masks will be required on all festival grounds, and only removed for eating or drinking. Should COVID-19 force the postponement of the 2021 festival, patrons can either hang on to tickets for rescheduled dates or request refunds.

Here’s the full lineup for Pitchfork 2021:


  • Phoebe Bridgers
  • Big Thief
  • Animal Collective
  • The Fiery Furnaces
  • Yaeji
  • black midi
  • Hop Along
  • Kelly Lee Owens
  • Ela Minus
  • DEHD
  • The Soft Pink Truth
  • DJ Nate
  • Dogleg
  • Armand Hammer


  • 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
  • Horsegirl


  • 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
  • Cassandra Jenkins
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