The 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival took over Chicago’s Union Park this past weekend, and despite the heat, massive amounts of music fans came out to watch the impressive lineup. The annual three day music festival took place from July 19-21 and some of the notable acts that performed this year included Björk, Belle & Sebastian, M.I.A., Solange, and R. Kelly. Pitchfork Music Festival is more than just music, there is also food, art work, a make-shift record store, and more for fans to enjoy.
Fans that attended the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival were allowed to bring in two unopened bottles of water, and there was filling stations to re-fill the bottles. If you want to purchase water, they were reasonably priced at $2 each.
Music fans that made their way to the front of the main stages got free water, which was handed out by volunteers. The volunteers also shot water all over the crowd to try and cool off the music fans. Another way to cool off in the heat was with a make-shift waterfall that was set up. Fans could wash their feet, or whole bodies off in the waterfalls.
If you are of age, and wanted alcohol, beer was given to those who obtained a 21 and over wristband. The wristband helped to move the beer line along, and so did the ticket system. Instead of trading cash for beer, people had to trade their cash in for tickets. The ticket booths, and alcohol booths were all located next to each other.
Food was extremely reasonably priced, and geared to both vegan, and meat eating music fans. You could buy a tasty burger and fries for just $10, which is cheaper than if you would go out to eat in Chicago. There was also healthy food options, which included a make-shift Whole Foods that was selling strawberries, blueberries, granola bars, and more.
There was three stages at the festival, and two of them (red and green stage) were conveniently located near each other. Once an act ended on the red stage, one would start up on the green stage. If you did not want to loose where you were sitting, there was big screens at the two main stages that were streaming the other stage live. Since the two main stages were so close to each other, it was not a long walk to go between them, which was nice since it was so hot the entire weekend.
Overall, the 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival ran like a well oiled machine. All of the acts went on at the right time, and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. There was enough food, and drink options to where you did not have to eat the same thing all three days. Water was not overpriced, and the healthy food options was a nice touch. If you are debating about attending Pitchfork Music Festival next year, you should go because it is a worthwhile experience.
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