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Pitchfork Music Festival Thu Mar 28 2013

Share Your Memories and Win a Pitchfork Festival 2013 3-Day Pass


Sleigh Bells Crowd Surf by George Aye

As the sun peeks out, temperatures rise, and Chicago begins to thaw out from the winter, we're reminded that our favorite time of the year is around the corner; summer festival season.

One of our busiest weekends is Pitchfork Festival, which is personally a favorite in my book. It has always been to me the perfect size, the perfect mix of new and old artist to check out, and a great relaxing weekend to enjoy quality music with friends.

We've had a lot of great memories at Pitchfork Festival, and we want to make sure our readers make even more come July 19th. We've got a three-day pass to give away today, and all you have to do is leave a comment below with your favorite memory from the festival (make sure to provide your correct email address so we can contact you.) If you win, you could be lounging as our guest this year in Union Park. We'll pick a winner from the comments at 5pm today, and contact them via email, so get cracking! [Update! Thanks for all of these amazing entries. We've contacted our winner. Congrats to Andrew!]

Need some inspiration? My own personal top five memories are after the jump.

Lisa's Favorite Pitchfork Memories (in no particular order)

1. The entire field screaming at the top of our lungs like we were being eaten by a whale during The Decemberists set the first year of the festival.
2. Watching the over-the-top explosion of sound, booty dancing, and Chinese dragon that Major Lazer brought to the stage in 2010.
3. Dancing with my friends in the back of the field during LCD Soundsystem's amazing set, their last (festival) show in Chicago before they called it quits.
4. Seeing Sonic Youth perform their iconic Daydream Nation live.
5. Interviewing Big Boi right before he took the stage, shaking at how surreal it was to be talking to a person who's music I blasted in my car all through high school.

Share yours below and we'll see you this summer!

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JCZ / March 28, 2013 11:21 AM

re: #3.

LCD Soundsystem's last Chicago show was at the Aragon that October.

Cassidy Kapson / March 28, 2013 11:23 AM

My best Pitchfork Fest memory was definitely being in the massive Hot Chip dance circle last year!!

Robert / March 28, 2013 11:23 AM

The entire crowd screaming the ending lyrics to Wasted Days by Cloud Nothings in the pouring rain as the power was slowly turned off due to the storm.

Leonel Garcia / March 28, 2013 11:23 AM

my favorite Pitchfork memory happened in 2012 when Alexis of Sleigh Bells sang in my face and getting to meet her afterwards.

Courtney Clark / March 28, 2013 11:25 AM

Getting to be front row for the insane show Sleigh Bells put on last year!

Thom / March 28, 2013 11:26 AM

Mine has to be meeting Flying Lotus while he was devouring an ice cream cone with a massive smile on his face. What a nice dude.

Michelle Mann / March 28, 2013 11:27 AM

Getting totally hypnotized by Dirty Projectors last year was a huge highlight for me.

Courtney Clarke / March 28, 2013 11:27 AM

Actually, meeting Flying Lotus after his show was my favorite memory from Pitchfork 2012!

Ryan Schoenefeld / March 28, 2013 11:29 AM

My favorite experience was seeing Godspeed You! Black Emperor. The graphics and sounds were spot on. Nothing less than what you would expect from a polished act and has played together for years. Truly epic!

william b / March 28, 2013 11:29 AM

my favorite pitchfork memory is the crazy show major lazer put on. circus performers, chinese dragons, it was nuts!

Ethan Ellis / March 28, 2013 11:29 AM

My favorite memory has to be camping out for an amazing closing set by TV on the Radio and catching an incredible sets by Deerhunter, Cut Copy, Superchunk, Kurt Vile, and The Fresh and Onlys along the way. It was worth braving the heat to clap along to Halfway Home, scream along to Dancing Choose, mosh to Wolf Like Me, go bat-shit crazy during fugazi's Waiting Room and Satellite, and be mesmerized by Will Do and A Method.

David Shaps / March 28, 2013 11:31 AM

Front row. Broken left leg. By myself, with nothing but a hitter. Deerhunter's unreal performance of "Nothing Ever Happened" brought me into a world of pure bliss.

Erica Dunn / March 28, 2013 11:31 AM

on top of the awesome performance, Odd future going crazy in his foot cast and breaking his chair on stage. one i will never forget!

Iain S / March 28, 2013 11:31 AM

Sweating uncontrollably while screaming along to Sleigh Bells and getting crushed in the pit on Saturday 2012.

Bianca Jones / March 28, 2013 11:32 AM

Seeing a tiny tiny part of Lady Gaga's body during Kendrick Lamar's set last year - Then seeing Kendrick LIVE (which was absolutely fantastic)

Andrew Deckard / March 28, 2013 11:32 AM

The first day of the 2006 Pitchfork Music Festival fell on my 21st Birthday. I was finishing my undergrad at Michigan State University and drove down with a car-full of pals for the weekend. My favorite moment came during the Mountain Goats set. Hearing John Darnielle sing "Cubs in Five" with the Sears Tower peaking up over the trees behind the stage made me realize I wanted to move to the city of Big Shoulders. I have not missed a Pitchfork Fest since.

Adam Lansdell / March 28, 2013 11:34 AM

Seeing Kendrick Lamar perform the majority of Section.80, then seeing the first live performance of Swimming Pools and learning he brought Lady Gaga with him too..... So legit. Now almost a year later he is the biggest name in hip hop!

T James / March 28, 2013 11:37 AM

Oofta. Probably 2009, either Yeasayer when it started pouring rain or front row for the Flaming Lips!

Christian Craig / March 28, 2013 11:39 AM

Seeing a hot, rowdy crowd fall absolutely silent when Fleet Foxes sang Oliver James in 2008 was incredible.

Karen Altes / March 28, 2013 11:39 AM

Being front row for Godspeed last year and being transported by the wall of sound.

Also Purity Ring on the other side of the spectrum - sweet and not a huge crowd and just a great, calming end to the weekend.

Nick Bergstrom / March 28, 2013 11:40 AM

Laughing my ass off during The Dirty Projectors set after the group of very short and very high concert goers desperately tried to find a way to get to the mountains so that they could see over me.

Cord L / March 28, 2013 11:42 AM

At Pitchfork Fest 2011, I remember the sounds of James Blake's set at the blue stage mixing with the distant vocals of Neko Case's set at the red stage in a strange mash-up. Not sure if it was the lack of food or overabundance of Heineken, but it worked. Oh yeah, and when DJ Shadow's crazy globe/dj booth projections didn't work because it was too light outside but his set was awesome anyway.

Ian Haynes / March 28, 2013 11:43 AM

Seeing Cults say 'fuck the rain!' during last year's show as we got absolutely soaked throughout the day on Saturday.

Fred L. / March 28, 2013 11:43 AM

Discovering this unknown band in 2006 when Pitchfork still had the Tent! It was an early show and I'm so glad I made it to see the band from Brazil, CSS! They put on one of the most energetic and best live shows I've ever seen.

Alex Adkins / March 28, 2013 11:45 AM

Twas the first day of Pitchfork 2011 and the sun was beaming down upon my towhead girlfriend and I. We had barely slept the previous night and Curren$y rapping was my name. Though he was not destined to come on till 5:30, we decided to stroll over to the Heineken tent to cool off and grab a beer for much needed fuel. That's when I heard it...As I crossed the sea of people congregating around the Green tent, something immediately stopped me in my tracks. It was the sound of Battles, not music, Battles.I was mesmerized. I had never heard such an experimental sound before that grabbed my soul and began to dance like that of Ian Williams and his groups of magicians. From that day on, whenever "Atlas" (the song I first heard) enters my realm, I promptly stop what I am doing and recap that run in with fate.

Did I mention seeing Purity Ring last year caused me to buy their cd, a cd that would go on to never leave my car cd player. (ever...)

Amelia / March 28, 2013 11:45 AM

Imagine hearing the drone of melodic riffs from GBY!BE inter-weaved with the dream pop aesthetics of Grimes as the both headline on the Saturday Night Slot. It was the most surreal experience I had a Pitchfork.

Alyssa / March 28, 2013 11:46 AM

This sums it up for me! Schoolboy Q!!!!!

Jake Niehaus / March 28, 2013 11:48 AM

Well I'm from St. Louis and Pitchfork Fest 2011 was my first bigger festival experience and my real chance to have time to explore a lot of Chicago as well. One of my favorite memories in just all of music was being able to walk to the blue stage and hear a familiar song of a band I had been really into and then finding my way over to another stage to wait for a band who I LOVED. I think that's what's amazing about Pitchfork is how much it relates to my tastes as a whole.

I think my ultimate though from that year was waiting for OFWGKTA to come out and being probably five or six people back from the stage. We waited and secured our spot as soon as we got there on Sunday since we knew they were the most talked about and hyped performance for that weekend. It was also the hottest day of that weekend and security was constantly spraying the crowd with water to cool us down, by the time Odd Future came out, a friend who was at the blue stage came over and texted me how it looked like everyone at the festival was gathered round where OF was playing to catch a glimpse. The show was insane with constant stage dives, people moshing into each other and everything you expect at a typical "punk" style concert. It was apparently too much for people to handle as a...well let's just say bigger woman was begging to be let out of the mayhem and I was near the guardrail and five of us had to lift her up to get her out of there. As soon as that happened, another guy wanted to get out so we lifted him over the rail as well and then he PUKED bottom end of the camera equipment. My friend and I couldn't believe what was going on and then within a minute later, Left Brain jumped off the stage and stage dove right into my friend's face.

When the set was over, I was exhausted...soaked and my body was screaming bloody murder...but then Ariel Pink was about to start and I had to make my way over to check him out......I suppose that's just how it goes at Pitchork?

Charles / March 28, 2013 11:52 AM

My favorite memory is Odd Future turning it up at the 2011 Pitchfork fest. They brought so much energy to the stage in their first Chicago show. Tyler the Creator stage diving with a broken ankle showed how much he cares about his performance and the fans. OF!!

Dianne / March 28, 2013 11:53 AM

Waiting all day in the heat to be front frow for LCD Soundsystem, and everyone dancing and having a blast as the security up front threw open water bottles into the crowd.

Mike / March 28, 2013 11:58 AM

It would have to be hearing the entire festival singing along to All My Friends at that LCD Soundsystem show back in 2010. So intense..

Daphne Brown / March 28, 2013 11:58 AM

Hearing Vampire Weekend's new song live, during their first concert back in the U.S. after a couple of years in Europe.

Ellie / March 28, 2013 12:00 PM

Seeing Dirty Projectors perform 'Beautiful Mother'. The lights were coordinated with the harmonies, and everyone's jaws dropped.

Charles / March 28, 2013 12:02 PM

My favorite moment has to be at Pitchfork 2010 on Saturday night when LCD Soundsystem played their last show in Chicago. It was sad and beautiful at the same time. I was with some of my family and friends dancing and singing along with the rest of the huge crowd of people close to the stage. Probably my favorite show of all time. I will never forget that.

random old guy / March 28, 2013 12:05 PM

Wow, so many! Spiritualized at sundown as the the orange-gold rays of the sun came filtering through the trees on the west edge hitting the east stage during one of their gospel/shoegaze numbers; being in the record fair tent and hearing TV On The Radio hit the opening bass line to Fugazi's Waiting Room and then -running- out there to catch it with a huge grin on my face; Neko Case and Kelly Hogan crackin' wise onstage; the Flaming Lips doing an old number from Priest Driven Ambulance and jumping up and down thrilled to hear it while others nearby looked at me while I was nuts; the sheer volume of pot smoke on the field during Sonic Youth's Daydream Nation set - it was like a late 70s Dead show; and over the years spying Damien from Fucked Up, Robin Pecknold of Fleet Foxes, Kurt Vile, Thurston Moore, Keith Morris of OFF!, and others buying records in the CHIRP tent and getting to casually talk to them about music. And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Good times! Hope to do it again.

Ant / March 28, 2013 12:13 PM

The year Dan Deacon/Girl Talk played together on the smallest stage possible at the time (right before both BLEW UP) and the fire marshal came and cut Dan Deacons set short. The crowd was in a frenzy even before he took the stage. Which is where Flagstock now is, was waaaaay too small for such a huge crowd. One the music started "The Crystal Cat" and at the time Dan Deacon's stage setup wasn't on the stage. He was all about being one with the crowd. He was setup in front of the barriers to the stage he would have been on. The crowd surged forward. Even if you didn't want to move, you had no choice the crowd made you move, and jump. The fire marshall asked every one to move back and Dan Deacon said come forward with a smirk on his face. I was getting crushed, but loving every minute of it. Covered in sweat, and exhausted, then Girl Talk came on at the same stage and it the was the first time I saw Gregg and you never forget the first time you see Girl Talk

Liza / March 28, 2013 12:13 PM

Taking cover in the Heineken tent during the down pour and the impromptu rap battle that occurred.

Joe D / March 28, 2013 12:17 PM

My favorite time was when I met Eric Andre (of Eric Andre show fame) and he asked my friend if he knew where to get molly. I first spotted him during Hot Chip's set, which was definitely my favorite of the weekend.

Anna / March 28, 2013 12:19 PM

Being practically front row for Vampire Weekend last year! Their combinations of pop beats and witty lyrics really hit home and make amazing dance music!

Tyler / March 28, 2013 12:24 PM

If Flying Lotus drops the grizzliest dubstep remix of Flocka's "Hard in da Paint" this side of the city, there best be a circle pit to match. My buddy (we'll call him S.R.) grooved his face off on-beat, perspiring waterfalls as his skin broiled in the sun. He looked uncomfortable. My cognitive intuition was to throw him into the biggest brute I could find, because why not further that uncomfortable feeling? A circle of hellfire broke loose, and soon enough, dozens of bodies flew around like a barn in a tornado. After the diaster calmed down, smiles and laughter rung throughout our microcosm of the crowd.

Tyson Lee / March 28, 2013 12:52 PM

I just loved to stand and watch the singers perform and do what they love to do.

Anna / March 28, 2013 1:02 PM

Moving from small town Duluth, Minnesota to the big windy city of Chicago, IL was a shock in itself. Little did I know, sooner rather than later, things would start to fall into place, pleasantly mixing my past with my future. Looking for things to do outdoors, finding good tunes in town, and meeting new people in the city during the summer of 2012 were my missions. Time and again I would find myself visiting the shore of Lake Michigan. One day in particular last summer I stumbled upon a couple of guys slacklining. Being new to the city and wanting to make friends, I stopped by to give it a go. In little time at all, I was talking to a handsome guy. Playing it cool, I said, "see you later" and continued on my way without a number in hand. In an odd way though, I knew I would see him again. A couple weeks later I hopped up on a slackline again (different location near the lake) only to hear a familiar voice behind me say, "Anna?" To my surprise, sure enough, it was the handsome boy I had talked to weeks before while causally stopping to chat with strangers that were slacklining. Again, being the typical "too cool for school" type of gal when talking to a cute boy, I left with a "see ya later" type of attitude (again). After that, I decided that IF I ran into him again, I would NEED to get him number. A few weeks later, I headed to Pitchfork with a friend after work. Can you guess what happens next? Yep, that's right, while traveling the fesitval grounds and waiting for a friend to get a beer, I BUMPED into my crush for the 3rd time! Without even thinking (or wasting a minute) I simply said, "hello Stephen, I need your number." That was that. We've been dating ever since and I can't wait to head back to the festival again where I finally got the nerve to ask for his number. What could be more perfect? Probably a free ticket. :) Also, we really want to see Woods perform, too.

Cristian G / March 28, 2013 1:22 PM

Definitely Japandroids set last year. Before that show I never really listened to them. They had taken me by total surprise. Not only was there a great mosh pit but the crowd was by far the best of that weekend. It seemed like everybody was singing to every song and to be right in the middle of all that, braving the heat with all those sweaty people made it arguably the best set of the summer

Cristian G / March 28, 2013 1:28 PM

Definitely Japandroids set last year. Before that show I never really listened to them. They had taken me by total surprise. Not only was there a great mosh pit but the crowd was by far the best of that weekend. It seemed like everybody was singing to every song and to be right in the middle of all that, braving the heat with all those sweaty people made it arguably the best set of the summer

Kia S / March 28, 2013 2:03 PM

I was watching Flying Lotus peform when I look to the right of me and none other than Vic Mensa (the rapper) from Kids These Days was standing next to me. I played it cool and asked him "hey are you from Kids These Days?" he laughed and confirmed it and signed my shirt. It was amazing because these guys were at Lollapalooza last year and are very known in Chicago. So we're hanging out watching Flylo's set when Flylo stops playing and yells out "Where the weed? I smell weed!" just then Vic throws a blunt on stage and Flylo lights it up and goes right back to playing like it was nothing. One of the coolest moments of my life.

Tyler Hall / March 28, 2013 2:30 PM

Flying Lotus

Blair B / March 28, 2013 2:32 PM

My favorite Pitchfork memory is from 2011. It was hot as HELL outside, and I was sure that I was going to pass out at any moment. We got there in enough time on Sunday to see Odd Future go crazy on stage. Once they started performing kids were going crazy and the overall energy of the crowd was fucking awesome. For their set I forgot that it was blistering hot and was just so into these kids and how hard they were going (Tyler was performing w/ a cast on his foot).
After that I thought it couldn't get better- until I saw Toro y Moi that afternoon. One of the best shows I've ever been to. Hands down. Where Odd Future was basically a mosh pit, Toro was the ultimate summer dance track, and everyone was chill and having a great time dancing as a group. The fact that I was able to see two equally impressive but so different shows in one day really drove home the fact that Pitchfork is such a unique festival and was definitely one of the highlights of that summer.

Becky Ramirez / March 28, 2013 3:19 PM

Sonic Youth playing Daydream Nation

Casey / March 28, 2013 4:29 PM

Lounging under a tree as the sun set, reveling in the sounds of a reunited Dismemberment Plan while sipping on a Wishbone Watermelon Lemonade B-)

Saran Subramanian / March 28, 2013 4:57 PM

Bought a pair of tickets to 2008 having never even heard of the Pitchfork publication. Knew who Public Enemy were and that Jarvis was the lead singer of Pulp (grew up in Hong Kong). Started listening to Spiritualized in preparation for the fest and fell in love instantly. Seeing the music come to life made that first year for me. My wife walked down the aisle to the title track of Ladies & Gentleman in 2011. :)

Nicole Blass / March 28, 2013 4:59 PM

I'm still waiting for a Pitchfork set to top the 2010 LCD dance party. Reunion at Pitchfork 2015 please?

Jenny Lam / March 28, 2013 5:55 PM

TV on the Radio launching into a cover of Fugazi's Waiting Room and everyone going crazy.

Michael Silberman / March 28, 2013 9:31 PM

I have never actually attended Pitchfork, and I would really love to make new memories there this year. Better yet, I would love to film the event, and help share the memories with many more as well...

Michael Silberman / March 28, 2013 9:32 PM

I have never actually attended Pitchfork, and I would really love to make new memories there this year. Better yet, I would love to film the event, and help share the memories with many more as well...

Sydney Shavers / March 29, 2013 9:24 AM

Pitchfork 2011 was probably one of my favorite weekends ever. I heard so many new artists and everyone was super sweet. Sunday was awesome. We rocked out to Toro Y Moi and then we ran into him later that night. He was so nice and we took a picture with him. Oh yeah and being one of the few black girls at Toro's set and the fact that he waved at us during his it's safe to say Tyler the Creator tweeted about us. Great day.

Sean / March 29, 2013 10:02 AM

Tv on the radio 2010!

S. Early / March 29, 2013 12:41 PM

Hope its not too late to best memory was the great music and fun time with friends!

krystle / March 29, 2013 4:15 PM

going by myself and dancing and grooving to animal collective!!!

Hannah / March 29, 2013 5:32 PM

Hearing Cloud Nothings keep rocking the fuck out after their sound was pulled during the storm last year. So fucking rock and roll.

Cheuk Lam ng / April 1, 2013 9:53 AM

My favourite memory has yet to come in pitchfork fest 2013. Thank you.

Tom / April 2, 2013 10:28 AM

Have never been to the Pitchfork Festival, so I am hoping to win the 3-day free pass to make some memories in 2013!

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