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Contest Mon Jul 14 2014

Last Chance Pitchfork Giveaway!

pitchfork2014.jpgJust days to go to the Pitchfork Music Festival and the forecast is pointing towards awesome. We're busy writing previews for the artists playing and picking out comfortable shoes. But while we're ramping up for 3 days in the fields of Union Park we don't want to do it alone — we want to take you along! (Well, 2 of you, at least.) For those of you who wait till the last minute, we have 2 3-day passes to give away, and we're doing it today, so get your fingers ready.

To enter, leave a comment (with a valid email address) below, with a quick description of your ideal Pitchfork day. What sets do you want to see? What else do you want to eat/wear/do? What are you most looking forward to experiencing if you're picked as the winner? Enter by 5pm today, Monday, July 14 and we'll comb through and pick 2 winners tonight. [Update: We've emailed our 2 winners! Thanks to everyone who entered!]

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Michelle M / July 14, 2014 11:09 AM

My ideal day would be getting to the park in the for Perfect Pussy on Sunday, then feel extra special watching Earl Sweatshirt when most other peeps won't get to this summer. I would have an early dinner, then catch Slowdive before freaking out for Grimes and then ending the weekend with Kendrick Lamar!

Debbie / July 14, 2014 11:12 AM

My ideal Pitchfork day begins when I wake up in Brooklyn, fly to Chicago for the first time. Meet up with friends I haven't seen in a long while. We hug, I pet their cats. Then we head over to watch our fave artists. Cry and hug some more. Eat some good food and laugh and get excited for the next two days and then fall asleep and dream about NMH.

Dylan / July 14, 2014 11:51 AM

My ideal pitchfork day would be to have all my fave artists on the stage at once.

Like kanye and the strokes collabing on a new song with the arctic monkeys. I don't think I'd need anything else to be honest.

Melinda / July 14, 2014 11:53 AM

I would LOVE to see Beck. He is the ultimate '90s artist I have not been able to see live in my life yet. I think I'd lose my sh*t.

Add a Matilda in my hand and I'd be set.

Ferran Yagcier-Rodriguez / July 14, 2014 11:57 AM

My ideal Pitchfork weekend would include taking the Green Line to Union Park, and listening to bands I love and others I have yet to discover! I'll stroll through the craft fair and hopefully get started on my Christmas shopping (girls like that crafty stuff ;)) I'll get some food, and water and stare at some shoes whilst listening to Slowdive's North American tour kickoff…yeah!!

Adam / July 14, 2014 12:15 PM

My ideal weekend would be going to Pitchfork. I will quite possibly show up in nothing but a loin cloth and nipple clamps. I'll try and get on stage to make sweet love to Grimes while smoking continous blunts in the front row of Kendricks show. He might quite possibly see how badass I am at this point, invite me backstage and hit up The Pink Monkey afterwards. Thanks Brahs

Derek Haukenfreres / July 14, 2014 12:18 PM

Wake up!
Visit Museum of Contemporary Art.
Take train to Union Park
3pm Fill up Water Bottle and quick look at poster village
3:30 Hundred Waters- let's kickstart this pitchfork thing!!
Check out the Goose Island Beer tent before Neneh Cherry
Snack before Sharan Van Etten
Get another one of those tasty Goose Island b4 Sun Kil Moon!!!
porta potty(very flexible on when this happens)
Dance my ass off to Moroder(what else does a gay boy do)
Rehydrate with water(lol ok who am I kidding Goose bev)
Beck, Beck Beck!!
Back on the Green train.
Shower and put on something clean
Paint the late night town red.

Jenny / July 14, 2014 12:22 PM

Show up and enjoy the party - the entire lineup looks amazing!

Derek / July 14, 2014 12:24 PM

My ideal Pitchfork experience would be clear skies and sunshine all weekend long, so I can eat, drink, stroll among the vendors, sit on the grass, and catch as many different performers as possible, especially the ones I've never heard before.

Moshe Tamssot / July 14, 2014 12:37 PM

My Ideal Day @ Pitchfork

My Ideal Day at Pitchfork would involve walking around the grounds, and handing out free bottles of ice cold water to the hot and thirsty fans.

While I love all kinds of music, I'd be hard pressed to name a single band or song title. What I do remember, is what it's like to be lost in the music during a festival, under a hot sweltering sun, wishing for a cold one.

I want to make those wishes come true, with random acts of hydration.

Maybe someone will remember the friendly stranger who called out, "Yo! H20?" :)



Katy / July 14, 2014 12:41 PM

Leave work early for a “doctor’s appointment” and bike over to Union Park to catch a bit of Sharon Von Etten’s set, leaving early to catch the wonderful SZA. Hope and pray Chance the Rapper surprises us by coming out for “Child’s Play.” Mosey back to dance to Giorgio Moroder and reminisce about high school while watching Beck. Wish I looked as good in a hat as him.

Spend the early afternoon discovering bands I don’t know that well, then sidling up to the green stage to bow to Pusha T. Delude myself into thinking Kanye is going to come out and they’ll do “Touch It.” A little Tune-Yards, then Kelela, definitely St. Vincent, and then further high school reminiscing while watching Neutral Milk Hotel. Sensing some reoccurring themes here…

Wake up exhausted but excited, spend the morning deciding between Diiv and Perfect Pussy and Earl Sweatshirt and Dum Dum Girls. Then Real Estate, Slowdive (or DJ Spinn? Why is Sunday so hard??), Grimes, and then Kendrick Lamar. Tweet something about my non-existent dick being as big as the Eiffel Tower.

Sunday night:
Ears still ringing and clothes still covered in sweat, I write an email to my supervisor letting her know I’ll be taking a sick day on Monday.

Rebecca / July 14, 2014 12:42 PM

My ideal Pitchfork day is any day...the joy is in wandering around seeing as many sets as possible while enjoying the heat/cold and sun/rain! That said, I'd love to see Beck, Neneh Cherry, Sun Kil Moon, St. Vincent, Dum Dum Girls, Perfect Pussy, etc., etc.

Dan Alfonso / July 14, 2014 12:49 PM

I would start out the day filling up on pancakes from Wildberry Cafe on Randolph.
Then I would head over to the fest and anxiously await sets from Beck and Giorgio Moroder. I would lose myself in the music and have a blast with my fellow festers. After the fest, I would wind down the evening having cocktails at The Hard Rock Hotel.

Anthony R. / July 14, 2014 12:51 PM

Ideal day would be managing to get front and center rail spot for every artist I want to see. Beck. Neutral Milk Hotel. Giorgio Moroder. And others. And not getting dehydrated and able to get back the same exact spot after beer runs and bathroom breaks. Oh and ideally win these tix.


Sully / July 14, 2014 1:05 PM

I'll just throw out my plan for Saturday if I win.

1. Google "do I have permanent hearing damage" from last night's Deaf Heaven/Perfect Pussy after party show.

2. Feel confident that the answer is yes, walk over to Heritage for a growler Stumptown cold brew.

3. Make doctors appointment about bleeding ears.

4. Gotta head up to Scooterworks and get my right mirror replaced on my Vespa.

5. Drive to Union Park.

6. Fist bump Danny Brown when I see him in the crowd.

7. Wild Beasts

8. Cloud Nothings

9. Head to the Goose Island beer tent for some rare beers, including the Sharon Van Etten collab.

10. Add doctor appointment to iCal.

11. Tune-Yards (I'm not going to write it out "stylized")

12. Make googly eyes at St. Vincent. (Those cheek bones, am I right?)

13. Googly eyes, again, but for FKA Twigs.

14. Reminisce with friends about how good R. Kelly was last year.

15. Dance party at Holiday Club.


Erica N. / July 14, 2014 1:49 PM

I believe the chance to see Beck, St. Vincent and Tune-Yards would be an excellent opportunity to not just see these three fine displays of musical chops but see them all together for one glorious weekend of wonderment. The likelihood of finding a new favorite? Dangerously good!

Casey / July 14, 2014 1:49 PM


Annette Stahelin / July 14, 2014 2:34 PM

My ideal pitchfork experience would include an inflatable couch somehow making it's way into the festival and subsequently finding itself fully inflated and 'rolling' over the crowd back and forth (a la de la soul's 2007 Friday night set). There's no greater joy experienced at an outdoor music festival than the randomness of witnessing a giant neon piece of inflatable furniture being passed over the heads of a gleeful crowd.

Ben Nadel / July 14, 2014 2:49 PM

My ideal Saturday of pitchfork would be waking up in the morning and biking over to union park to catch an early 1pm twin peaks show. I would probably end up killing some time and check out the cool records and posters that they sell at the fest, while making sure I get close for wild beasts, cloud nothings, and of course push t. After seeing Danny brown, priority #1 is getting as close as possible for St. Vincent (one of my favorite artists)! After rocking out to Annie Clark, I'll make sure to end my night with neutral milk hotel, followed by a bike ride home and the inevitable tacos on the way. Oh ya and I'll be the guy in the sweet gold Michael Jordan dream team jersey. See you there??

Eric / July 14, 2014 2:55 PM

My ideal pitchfork day is getting drunk and sweaty with my friends in Union Park. It would usually involve seeing at least one member of the Wu Tang Clan, although not this year. I've seen Beck about 7 times, pre-2002, but not recently. He would be part of my ideal Pitchfork day. If there's mud, it would be nice to see the return of the mud people from a few years back. I've also seen people bury booze in the baseball diamond and dig it up during the fest which I though was interesting. I don't condone this activity.

Jessica Bitter / July 14, 2014 2:59 PM

Ideally, this year's Pitchfork experience would entail catching Mr. Bek David Campbell on Friday night followed by an early afternoon bike ride back to the park on Saturday to peruse the vinyl and poster collection. Afterword, we'd catch Wild Beasts and Cloud Nothings before taking a breather over some tasty grub and a beer. Later, we'd boogey to Danny Brown and catch wrap up the evening with the interesting musical stylings and performance art of the oh-so-talented Annie Clark! Hopefully Sunday grants us clear skies for another perfect day of seeing old favorites - Grimes and Kendrick Lamar - as well as discovering some new ones.

Ralle / July 14, 2014 3:01 PM

I would leave work early on Friday like Obama's youth to see Sharon Van Etten (I cry) and then Sun Kil Moon (I cry some more) and then maybe try and play hide and seek with Angel Deradoorian because it'll BE HER BIRTHDAY. Cupcakes and confetti for all. Happy Pitchfork!

bobby / July 14, 2014 3:01 PM

my ideal pitchfork day would be to see neutral milk hotel tear up the stage and then convincing them that a tour in alaska would be the best possible thing they could do. I'd love to catch beck playing his set from a tree and can't wait to get all bouncy and tipsy fun with cloud nothings. a light rain will make everything even more killer and then sunday night after the fest, I'll put everyone on a plane and we can live happily ever after in our alaskan adobes.

Eric / July 14, 2014 3:07 PM

My ideal day at pitchfork would be telling the security guard I'm going to get a band t-shirt and actually spending the whole day listening to great sets. This is exactly how I got to see Matt & Kim a few years back and I'd love to do it again.

Eric / July 14, 2014 3:07 PM

My ideal day at pitchfork would be telling the security guard I'm going to get a band t-shirt and actually spending the whole day listening to great sets. This is exactly how I got to see Matt & Kim a few years back and I'd love to do it again.

Becky Ramirez / July 14, 2014 3:14 PM

Haul my butt from the south side to see my man Beck, then find the closest DD for a donut and mountain dew haul my butt back to the south side. Saturday and Sunday do pretty much the same routine (except seeing Beck) see everyone and anyone. Three days just pure enjoyment.

Scott / July 14, 2014 3:23 PM

Can't wait to see Beck in the great outdoors.

N B / July 14, 2014 3:55 PM

I’ve already used up all of my vacation days for the year, so my Pitchfork weekend would start by quitting my job. I’d throw in my immediate notice at the greeting card store Friday morning, slather on some sandalwood sunscreen, slide on the hot pants and Docs, braid up my chest hair, and ride public transit over.

I think it’s always good practice to show up early at festivals. Some of these lesser-known bands have a bit of swagger to them, and if no one shows up for their just-after-dawn slot, the collision of arrogance and disappointment may result in some pretty ugly things.

My mid-day would be taken up largely by three recreational priorities:

-Pick up a bunch of vinyl in one of the records tents and carry them around out in the sun until they start dripping in fat black gobs onto my legs.

-Watch the hip-hop shows with the moms in the crowd. Watch the folksier sets with dads. I’d tell them both about my band, and the first time I picked up a guitar. I’d exaggerate most or all of it.

-Wait in line at the porta-johns but not go in. I’d gesture again and again to the second in line, and say, “Oh, no, please, you go first,” in a kind way, but not in a way that would make it seem like they’d looked desperate.

Last year, there was a large fountain or some such device involving water that was programmed to spray downward in a cycle of beautiful patterns. I looked at that thing for a while last year, it being a very hot weekend, and I’d like to stand and eat some vegan ribs under it again this year.

I don’t have an Instagram, so I’d try to keep the experience catalogued away in my mind, maybe with a filter on it. How about it?

bob / July 14, 2014 4:35 PM

I can't experience my favorite French rapper Stromae in France so I'll go see Kendrick Lamar at pitchfork and rap French back at him while I'm there.
c'est magnifique!!

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