Posted in music | pictures on July 20, 2013

photos by Amanda Hatfield

Bjork / Joanna Newsom / Wire / Mikal Cronin @ Pitchfork Fest 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013
Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013

Wearing a shiny silver dress (while choir wore mostly blue) Bjork sang and moved across the stage with a great deal of passion and energy. Behind her, three screens displayed imagery that included an exploding star, the moon, ZX Spectrum-looking polygons, and even a sped up clip of a seal carcass being consumed by starfish and sea slugs underwater (read: slightly unsettling). The latter stood out, for obvious reasons, and close-ups of the starfish seemed to show a synchronized pulse with the music. Another highlight was the giant tesla coil enclosure that descended from the stage rathers during "Thunderbolt," creating huge sparks each time the synthesizer was played. After each song Bjork politely said "Thank you!" in her strong Icelandic accent which had everyone smiling and laughing. In the distance, a storm was approaching but appeared to be another special effect being incorporated in an already elaborate performance. Unfortunately, it was real, and reached the festival before Bjork could fully complete her set. - [BV Chicago]
The 2013 Pitchfork Music Festival kicked off last night (7/19) in Chicago's Union Park. A more gently paced day than what's in store today (7/20) and Sunday (7/21), Friday featured a headlining set from Bjork (which was cut short due to a storm), plus Wire, Joanna Newsom, Angel Olson,Mikal Cronin, Mac Demarco, Woods, Trash Talk, a newly-blonde Frankie Rose, and Daughn Gibson. Pictures from Friday are in this post.

For more on day one of Pitchfork 2013 (review and another set of pics), visit BV Chicago where you'll also find a preview of day 2 and day 3. More pictures from day 1 are below.

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Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013

Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013

Pitchfork Festival - Day 1 - 7/19/2013

Frankie Rose

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Daughn Gibson

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Trash Talk

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Mac DeMarco

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Angel Olsen

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Woods

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Mikal Cronin

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Wire

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Joanna Newsom

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Bjork

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Comments (27)

Is that Danny Elfman?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 12:42 PM

whos the jagaloon in the filth shirt??

neva hoid ov em

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 1:39 PM

Man, pitchforkfest used to have the best lineups every summer, but the last 3 years have been awful. Joanna Newsom/Woods were the only ones worth seeing yesterday.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 1:45 PM

"Joanna Newsom/Woods were the only ones worth seeing yesterday."

go away...

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 2:08 PM

What. A. Snoozefest.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 2:13 PM

One thing you have to notice about people who post nasty things on the internet - they always do so anonymously.

Posted by Joshua Sanders | July 20, 2013 2:33 PM

You blogpeople should have requested poetry and/or interpretive dance routines to visually demonstrate the emotions evoked from the Bjork set

Icelandic space queen
is crying, disappointed
w your crowd photos

Posted by pizzagirl | July 20, 2013 3:27 PM

ugh now i can't wear that headpiece for like three months.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 4:02 PM

looks awful. chicago in the summer is a pass.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 4:04 PM

Sounds like the opening lines to a bad stand up comedian:

Hey folks, pitchforkfest used to have the best lineups every summer but the last 3 years have been awful......Joanna Newsom/Woods were the only ones worth seeing yesterday!

cue rimshot and crickets

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 4:05 PM

4:04 - Yeah, because summer in New York is so great.

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 6:20 PM

How many people were murdered during that show?

Posted by Anonymous | July 20, 2013 10:53 PM

ugh now i can't wear that headpiece for like three months.

Posted by Up Essencia | July 20, 2013 11:05 PM

What. A. Snoozefest.

Posted by ciao telecom | July 20, 2013 11:05 PM

Angel Olsen is a cutie. And I'm sure her music is good too...?

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2013 3:07 AM

Newsom into Bjork was awesome if you like talented artists. Savages then Swans yesterday was totally great as well. Swans sounded awesome there. I've seen them several times and the sound was done really well. Rustie was a great way to end it. So yes a snooze fest if you are fucking lame period.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2013 10:20 AM

Oh yes and Wire played. Snooze fest ? F off.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2013 10:23 AM

^die you moron

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2013 10:45 AM

The fest's crowd was the MOST BORING crowd I have ever witness. They didn't even clap half of the time.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2013 11:20 AM

@4:04 and 6:20

Yup, Chicago in the summer sucks and New York in the summer sucks. Let's just go kill ourselves while we're at it.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2013 2:59 PM

Chicago blows. 95% of the population are gang bangers or fat asses.

FACT

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2013 5:47 PM

CORRECTION

the u.s blows. 95% are fat asses.

Posted by anon | July 21, 2013 9:55 PM

pitchfork believes in a post internet universe - no streaming this year.

21st century schizoid man.

Posted by Anonymous | July 21, 2013 9:57 PM

seems like people are dressing bad these days.

Posted by Anonymous | July 22, 2013 7:49 AM

Stupid Emo Hipster Crap

Posted by Anonymous | July 28, 2013 5:25 AM

nossa rockeiro é tudo doidão!

Posted by Redes para janelas | August 1, 2013 7:53 AM

cuanta gente civilizada.qué bonitos que son.

Posted by juan | August 11, 2013 7:27 PM

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