I ruled Pitchfork Music Festival out a few weeks ago. The lineup looked thinner than the Olsen twins combined. I couldn’t justify flying to Chicago to see bands who I would pass on if they came to Portland. Maybe I’ll do Lollapalooza, I thought.
Then the indie tastemaker site announced its final festival additions Thursday. While I won’t equate the announcement to a home run in the bottom of the ninth to win the game, I will say the addition of Beach House, Real Estate, and Wild Flag has piqued my interest.
The lack of capital letter headliners dimmed my interest in the first place. And it remains the reason I can’t bestow on this festival “BEST NEW FESTIVAL” status.
I’d give Pitchfork Music Festival a 7.6 out of 10 strictly on the lineup. The ticket prices and other amenities would bump it above an 8, but honestly everything starts and ends with who’s on the bill. So let’s look at the bands performing on each day.