February 1, 2013

Establishing the summer festival hegemony usually takes some time for the Lollapaloozas and Coachellas and so forth to announce their lineups, and for the pros and benefits of attending each one to sink in for bloggers and fans to dissect while nervously checking their bank accounts to see if they’ve got the cash to burn. Fortunately, Pitchfork just shut the book on all of that by giving any reasonable music fan the only line up worth fucking with. Today, the ‘fork announced the headliners for their annual Pitchfork Music Festival, and it’s truly a doozy: None other than R. Kelly, Bjork and Belle and Sebastian will take the stage between July 19-21 at Chicago’s Union Park. Any one of those three might be enough to justify the $120 price tag for the weekend, but in a row? At the same damn time? I mean, what more could you want? It’s already better than Coachella, which trotted out the Stone Roses and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Anyone else they announce is a brandy-soaked cherry on top of a cake made of cocaine and dreams. Go, go, book your flight to Chicago!

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