Mission of Burma to play Pitchfork Summer Festival

Published: 2006-03-09
Music website Pitchfork.com isn't just writing about summer music festivals, they're also holding one of their own.

The 2006 Pitchfork Summer Music Festival, which is set for July 29 and 30, will take place in Pitchfork's home town of Chicago. The venue chosen for the event will be Union Park.

Like other music fests, the lineup for Pitchfork is being announced on a piecemeal basis, as acts get confirmed and added on individually. So far Pitchfork is promising Mission of Burma, Ted Leo/Pharmacists, The Mountain Goats, The National, Jens Lekman, and Hot Machines.

The festival is expected to boast 36 artists in total, spread out over three different stages.
What sets this festival apart is the nearly obscene low price of tickets. A one-day pass will cost fans $20 US. while $30 will cover fans for both days the festival. Organizers say their reasoning for the low prices is simple, "With pretty much every summer blockbuster festival gouging their attendees out of absolutely obscene sums of money, and only booking about five bands you really want to see anyway, we thought it would be nice to do the right thing: That is, to create a summer music festival that provides an overwhelmingly positive experience for both the fans and musicians-- and to do it for less than the cost of an evening with Celtic Frost."
Along with the music, the Pitchfork Festival will also include a record fair put on by Chicago radio station WLUW, and craft and clothing fair will be held by local clothiers, DEPART-ment.

Writer: Michelle Garcia



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