Lolla or Pitchfork: Which One is For You?
by Conor Green
As most Northsiders know, Lollapalooza and Pitchfork are annually two of the biggest hotspots for live music and fun over the summer. With both rapidly approaching, it is time to break down what each festival has to offer and which one may be the right fit for you.
Lollapalooza is undoubtedly where festival goers go to party and dance. In recent years, Lolla has gained a sort of stigma for the ridiculous amount of suburban teenagers that pile into Metra cars, make the journey into the city, and ultimately end up getting too tired at Perry’s stage before seeing any actual music. While people may argue that this ruins the festival completely, Lolla makes up for it in countless other ways. With eight stages, Lolla is able to bring in over 170 of the most popular bands, rappers, and DJs in the world. Because of the festival’s mammoth size, the lineup is always very diverse. For example, during the 2016 Lolla, festival goers could see Paul McCartney at one headlining stage, and then take a two minute walk to go see The Weeknd. Another upside of the festival is that it has been extended to include a fourth day. This started a few years back for the 25th anniversary and has received generally positive feedback. However, be ready for your legs to be dead by the time Sunday’s headliners come around. Going to the festival everyday may seem like a marathon, but it is part of what makes the festival feel like a huge community. The stacked lineup this year boasts everyone from the likes of Bruno Mars, Post Malone, and Vampire Weekend, to Travis Scott and Tyler, the Creator. There is something for everyone, so be sure not to miss out.
Known for pulling in a more eclectic, music oriented crowd, Union Park’s Pitchfork is regarded as one of the better music festivals in the country. The festival prides itself in seeking out talented artists across all genres, whether they have reached superstardom or are just starting out. You can always be sure to catch a handful of upcoming Chicago artists on the lineup as well. In past years, the festival has included Chicago’s Chance the Rapper and Noname. This year, you can catch the talented Saba at a main stage, still buzzing off his “Bucket List EP.” Some of the bigger acts for this year are Tame Impala, Earl Sweatshirt, Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, and Ms. Lauryn Hill. Hill’s performance will be extra special, as it is the 20th anniversary performance of The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill. While Pitchfork is only three days, it is surely a better environment to chill out and enjoy the sights and sounds. This festival is catered to the music enthusiast.
These festivals could not be more different, but there really is no right or wrong choice. This year, Lolla will be from August 2-5, and Pitchfork will be from July 20-22. Tickets for both festivals are currently on sale, so be sure to act fast before they are gone.