Pitchfork Music Festival 2022: A photo recap of America’s favorite indie music gathering

Pitchfork Music is the annual summer gathering held in Union Park in Chicago. Often welcoming more than 60,000 spectators and fans of independent music, this music festival has become a staple of the Midwest music scene.

We were lucky enough to be on location at the 2022 Pitchfork Music Festival and captured some of the best moments of the weekend.

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Below is our full photo recap of everything that went down, along with a deeper dive into some of our favorite sets, artists and bands.

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2022 Pitchfork Music Festival Outstanding Sets

The National

On a wet and rainy Friday, it seemed appropriate for The National to close out the first day of the festival. Having not played a set in the United States since 2020, you couldn’t help but feel the melancholy emotion emanating from Matt Beringer’s baritone voice.

Their hit, ‘Light Years’, gripped the festival differently this time around, with most of them spending the day drenched in rain – an apt metaphor for the past two years.

In a word, it was… perfect.

Even through the dark melodies of The National, the feeling inside Union Park was one of gratitude. After all, it had been two years since we had all been locked in our homes not knowing how the pandemic and all the problems in the world would eventually unfold.

Now we are ready to rock and roll once again.

The National / photo of the author

Outstanding performance at Pitchfok 2022

Heading into the day’s finale, breakout performances belonged to the mirage of up-and-coming artists like Spelling, Indigo De Souza and Dawn Richards – self-reliant musicians who continue to create waves in their own way.

We can’t get enough of these taste makers.

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Indigo De Souza / photo by the author

Indigo De Souza / photo by the author

Parquet floors

Pure and pure indie-punk rock at its finest. A fan favorite of the Pitchfork Music Festival, the gentlemen of Parquet Courts are festival regulars for a reason.

If there was a mascot for the Pitchfork Music Festival, Parquet Courts is a must. No BS – just rock and that’s what we’re here for!

Parquet Courts / photo by the author

Parquet Courts / photo by the author

Japanese breakfast

Saturday belonged to none other than Japanese breakfast. While not due to continue until 7:25 p.m., fans were seen camping out on their stage as early as 5 p.m. to ensure they had prime real estate for what would look like a headlining performance.

Japanese Breakfast proved to be the mavericks that they are, delivering a near-perfect performance of their discography. Not only did they overproduce the lo-fi and indie pop arrangements they’re known for, but they also brought in Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy to help sing renditions of “Kokomo, IN” and “Jesus, etc.”

If that’s not the purpose of festivals, we don’t know what is. Let live and let rock!

Toro and me

Chaz Bear, aka Toro Y Moi, made his epic return to the Pitchfork Music Festival in style, using his chillwave dance grooves to set the tone for the rest of the night.

Fresh off his latest album, “Mahal”, it’s been a real treat to watch his growth as an artist since bursting onto the scene in 2010. As a PMF alum, Toro y Moi knows best than anyone how to attract crowds. move, move up a few notches to give everyone their third breath as the festival ended on Sunday.

Tory y Me / author's photo

Tory y Me / author’s photo

Roots

What better way to end the festival than the “legendary Roots crew”. Beyond watching them banter on TV with Jimmy Fallon, The Roots are indeed legends in their own right. With a career spanning over three decades, The Roots have cemented their legacy in the hip-hop hall of fame.

Showing the full gamut of their versatility as showmans, The Roots knocked the house down. Playing hit after hit of their classics such as ‘The Seed (2.0) with renditions of the song of the moment, ‘Running up that Hill’, while managing to sprinkle in a tribute to Outkast’s ‘SpottieOttieDopaliscious’.

This kind of range is almost unheard of in the world of hip-hop. Respect!

The Roots / photo by the author

The Roots / photo by the author

Michael E. Marquez