Mitski, The National and The Roots To Headline Chicago’s Pitchfork Music Festival

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Pitchfork headliner Mitski performs in Berlin, Aug. 15, 2019.

Pitchfork Music Festival announced the lineup for its flagship Chicago event Tuesday.

The National, Mitski and The Roots will headline the three-day festival, which returns to its typical mid-July spot on the calendar after being held in early September in 2021.

Other artists booked for the event, slated for July 15-17 at its longtime home of Union Park, include Spiritualized, Parquet Courts, Japanese Breakfast, Lucy Dacus, Toro y Moi, Earl Sweatshirt, Tierra Whack, Magdalena Bay, Noname, BADBADNOTGOOD, Cate Le Bon, Iceage and The Armed.

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The National, Mitski and The Roots will headline this year’s Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago.

“This year’s lineup is a celebration of the rising indie class, and those who continue to pave the way for innovation,” said Pitchfork editor-in-chief Puja Patel in a statement. “Our goal was to highlight a diverse group of artists who are taking their musical genres to new heights, and I’m proud of how it’s come together.”

Pitchfork Music Festival’s 2021 event, held in September due to a modified summer festival calendar in the wake of the pandemic, was headlined by Phoebe Bridgers, St. Vincent and Erykah Badu, and also featured the likes of Big Thief, Animal Collective, Angel Olsen, Kim Gordon, Flying Lotus and Thundercat.

The 2020 iteration of the event, announced in February of that year and called off due to the pandemic, was to be headlined by Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Run The Jewels and The National, the latter of which, like other 2020 bookings such as Tierra Whack, BADBADNOTGOOD and Spelling, will play in 2022.

“Pitchfork came up from a spirit of a Chicago summer block party and a deep music fan’s festival,” said Adam Krefman, then Pitchfork’s senior director of festivals and activations, in a 2019 interview with Pollstar about that year’s edition of the proudly independent event, which was topped by HAIM, Robyn and The Isley Brothers. “A lot of that stems from the team that we have producing the festival. … You can’t buy that. You would lose the spirit of the thing.”

Tickets for Pitchfork Music Festival go on sale on March 11 at 10 a.m. CT, with three-day passes going for $200 and single day tickets priced at $99.