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The National, Mitski, and The Roots to Headline Pitchfork Music Festival 2022

Chicago’s annual summer rock festival is once again returning to Union Park for a weekend of good tunes and awesome vibes. After an unfortunate cancellation in 2020 and delay in 2021, Pitchfork is finally back on track and welcomes a star studded lineup to commemorate this relative return to normalcy. This year, the festival runs from Friday, July 15 through Sunday, July 17 and features 14 different acts each day. Rock innovators, The National, indie darling, Mitski, and hip hop legends, The Roots, close out each night of this year’s festival. Alternative favorites like Japanese Breakfast, Spiritualized, Toro y Moi, and many more round out the packed lineup. 

The National 

The National is an American indie rock band known for their alternative and versatile music. Rising to fame in the late 2000s, the Brooklyn based group found great success with their fourth album Boxer and have long since been revered for their ever evolving sound. Formed of two sets of brothers plus the intoxicating baritone of lead singer Matt Berninger, The National made a name for themselves during the birth of indie rock. They continue to define the genre with every new release. Closing out Pitchfork’s first night, The National is sure to bring unparalleled energy and smooth instrumentation to Chicago. Head over to the Green stage at 8:30pm on Friday the 15th to experience The National in all their glory. 


Finally back from her 3 year hiatus, the indie queen herself is blessing Chicago with her presence this Saturday night. Known for her painfully honest lyrics and intense rock chords, Mitski is a must see for this weekend. She’ll be sure to play bops like “Stay Soft” and “The Only Heartbreaker” from her newest album Laurel Hell, but hopefully she’ll also throw in some older hits for the long time fans. The 31-year old Japanese-American singer has been said to be quite the emotional performer, so fans should come excited and energized for a concert they’ll never forget. Mitski performs on the Green stage at 8:30pm on Saturday the 16th. 

The Roots

Formed in the late 1980s, The Roots are an American hip hop group that have known many names and many members but have always been legendary. Led by Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson, the group is known for their jazzy, eclectic, and unconventional approach to hip hop. Featuring live musical instruments, a clear divergence from the norm of the genre, The Roots are in their element on stage and the audience will no doubt feel their unbelievable raw energy. It’s never a dull time when The Roots are playing so prepare for them to bring the house down this Sunday night. The Roots perform on the Green stage at 8:30pm on Sunday the 17th. 

Pitchfork begins at 1pm this Friday in Chicago’s Union Park. Tickets are still on sale! Don’t miss out on one of the best weekends of the summer. 


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