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Pitchfork features Beck, great weather
Special to the online edition of Windy City Times
2014-07-22

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A drastic change in weather for Pitchfork Music Festival—which took place July 18-20—made for an enjoyable three-day party in Union Park. Last year, the soiree was doused with rain and thunder, making the venue a giant mud pit. This year's weather no doubt contributed to attendance, which numbered about 55,000 people.

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More than 40 bands and solo artists brought their A-games to the independently run festival that has been going since 2006. The line-up was a bit lackluster this time, with Beck and Kendrick Lamar being the recognizable names for mainstream listeners.

Crowds did feel the love as Donna Summer was alive and well musically, with Beck performing Summer's "I Feel Love" in his set. In addition, Giorgio Moroder played some of the same track as well, to waving hands in the air.

Artsy Neutral Milk Hotel didn't allow press photos and played in the dark for an interesting choice on Saturday evening.

Without huge names this left many fans looking to discover new music. Acts such as Canadian Grimes, with her electronic voodoo, and English Wild Beasts were standouts in performance and spectator dancing.

On July 20, rapper Kendrick Lamar closed things down with a sold out performance and huge numbers of people in the crowd.

The overall vibe of the crowd was very friendly as people shifted from stage to stage. There were lots of activities to keep one occupied throughout the day, with vendor booths full of Chubby Wieners, beverages from Goose Island Brew Pub and even groceries from Whole Foods.

There was a whole alley with musician art and large paintings for sale. One company called Basecamp brought attention to its project-management tool by transforming its space into a refreshing spot to relax and gave out headbands as people entered.

Uber continued its trend of having a presence at these festivals, while Hostess passed out pastries to fans waiting in line.

Look for an upcoming backstage interview in Windy City Times with artist Neneh Cherry that discusses her stance regarding the LGBT community.

For next year's line-up, check pitchforkmusicfestival.com in the future.

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