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Pitchfork 2020 canceled due to COVID-19

Pitchfork is the latest of many summer music festivals in Chicago to be canceled.

Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park, July 19, 2019.
Santiago Covarrubias/For the Sun-Times

Pitchfork Music Festival 2020 has been canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic, officials announced Wednesday.

Officials said ticket holders will be contacted by email with refund options.

“It can be pretty daunting to think about the future of live music right now, but know that we are fully committed to bringing Pitchfork Music Festival back in 2021, if the public health situation allows for it,” officials wrote in a statement announcing the cancellation.

“In the meantime, we urge everyone to follow local health department guidelines. We are in this together, and, if we all do our part, we’ll celebrate next year in person.”

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run the Jewels and The National had been announced as the headliners for the July 17-20 festival at Union Park, 1501 W. Randolph. It was to be the fest’s 15th anniversary edition.

Pitchfork is the latest of many summer music festivals in the Chicago area to be canceled. The Chicago Blues Festival, Gospel Festival and others have also been nixed, as have the Ravinia Festival in Highland Park and the Grant Park Music Festival.