1. Because I’m
insane ambitious, I went to Pitchfork Sunday afternoon. After finding out Nick from The Bachelorette was also attending Pitchfork on Sunday (as did Clint, apparently. If only my future husband, Jared from The Bachelorette, had been there, so I could introduce myself and let him know of my intentions to marry him 😛 [I’M KIDDING, I promise. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a celebrity crush in any capacity, and I’m milking this for all it’s worth]), my #1 goal became to stalk him, but my mission derailed literally less than two minutes after I got into the festival, when, while snapping a photo of the Missed Connections board (lulz), I heard someone say, “Bethany?!”
It was one of my very best friends from MIDDLE SCHOOL (and high school). I could not believe it. We actually went to college together as well, but had different majors, different friend groups, and different interests, so we grew apart in those four years and rarely see each other anymore since our lives are in different places. My friend still lives in Michigan, so she was the last person I expected to see at Pitchfork, but it was SO exciting to run into her! I ended up hanging out with her and the friend she came with for an hour or so and went with them to see Courtney Barnett.
I had planned to see Perfume Genius at that time, but Courtney Barnett was a fine substitute. Seeing her also made it fairly easy to get to Jamie xx’s set, which was right after hers on the Red Stage (Pitchfork has three stages: Red, Green, and Blue. Red and Green are more or less right next to each other, while Blue was off in a different corner of the park).
2. I wasn’t as close to the front at Jamie xx as I had hoped to be, and the people around me weren’t all that into his set, which kind of (definitely) brought down the vibe for me. That was a bummer for sure. It was also pretty hot and sunny (though not as unbearable as it had been during the race), which I’m sure also impacted my mood. He did play my favorite song of his, Loud Places, to close his set though, which ended things on a good note for me.
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In addition to music, Pitchfork has a fairly extensive small business/nonprofit/art fair sort of thing, so after Jamie xx I got some food and browsed around the artsy area for a bit. I didn’t plan to buy anything until I stumbled upon Whole Foods’ booth, where not only did they have a bunch of “refreshing” products (hand sanitizer, dry shampoo, etc.) and free (!!) bananas, but they were also selling a bunch of fresh fruit for a DOLLAR. As in, an entire bag of cherries, an entire box of strawberries, etc. for ONE. DOLLAR. Never in my life have I associated Whole Foods with insane deals, but holy smokes! I’d expect to pay more like $4 or $5 for that same bag of cherries at an actual Whole Foods, so you better believe I bought a bag there, even though that meant carrying it around for the next three hours.
3. I ended up catching a bit of A.G. Cook’s set before Todd Terje & The Olsens. I had arrived early enough to A.G. Cook that I was able to get pretty close to the stage and ended up being second row for Todd Terje, which I think is the closest I’ve ever been at any show.
I had gone to Pitchfork for Todd Terje, and being so close was a MUCH better experience than being far back for Jamie xx. People were stoked to be there, and it was a lot of fun. I also may or may not have made it onto the video screen at one point, soo… 😀
4. Todd Terje finished after Chance the Rapper had began, and since Chance had tweeted that one of the themes for his set would be “Sunday,” I wanted to check it out just in case he played Sunday Candy, which I’m obsessed with. And he did…after bringing out Kirk Franklin. WHAT. Kirk Franklin’s a HUGE name in gospel music and, after my best friend from middle school, was probably the last person I expected to show up at Pitchfork.
Oh, if only you all could have seen me. I danced like I’ve never danced in my life. I scream-sang along with the hook every time. My face hurt from smiling so hard. It. Was. Amazing.
Anyway. Chance’s set was one of the highlights of the whole festival for me. I’ve never really gotten all that into Chance, mostly because I’ve never been able to get all that into rap, but MAN. That guy can put on a SHOW. His enthusiasm was contagious, and I don’t know if I have ever felt more Chicago than standing in Union Park, the Sears Tower lit up in the background, with one of Chicago’s own performing. I know I keep saying it, but these moments–these are the moments I moved to Chicago for. These moments are what I wanted out of my 20s. These moments make me feel so alive. And I love them.
Have you ever been to a music festival?