The 2017 edition of Pitchfork Festival wrapped up on Sunday (7/16) in Chicago's Union Park with sets from Solange, American Football, Nicolas Jaar, Jamila Woods, Ride, Pinegrove, Hamilton Leithauser, Joey Purp, Isaiah Rashad, Derrick Carter, NE-HI, Colin Stetson, and Kilo Kish. Sadly, The Avalanches had to cancel their set due to family illness.
Solange's set was a festival highlight, and included her coming offstage to sing "F.U.B.U" in the crowd; watch a video clip of that below. Of her set, Time Out says:
A handful of acts brought along back-up dancers to their sets at Pitchfork this weekend, but no one approached the emotive, elegant and set-spanning choreography of Solange's closing set. Dressed in white and flanked by pillars and a pyramid, the singer-songwriter and her bandmates began their performance with a trio of songs from A Seat at the Table, made even more graceful by the entire ensemble's flowing, synchronized movements. Much like her sister, Solange's voice loses none of its power in a live setting, easily replicating the complex harmonies that populate her records.
While cuts from A Seat at the Table dominated the set list, Solange also paid some attention to her 2012 EP, True, including dance numbers like “Some Things Never Seem To Fucking Work” and “Losing You”, which got the crowd moving, mimicking the routines showcased by her band. At one point, the stage was filled with at least 20 players on their feet and dancing, reminiscent of a New Orleans second line parade. Alternating between poised reflection and jubilant celebration, Solange capped off Pitchfork with a performance that stood out amid a weekend of memorable sets.
Our photographer missed Pinegrove's set (they went on at the same time as Ride, in one of the few true set time conflicts of the weekend) but stay tuned for pictures of them and more from the final day of this year's Pitchfork festival.
most photos by James Richards IV