It is only early March but the summer concert festival season is already taking shape.  The Pitchfork Music Festival returns to the friendly confines of Chicago’s Union Park during the weekend of July 15-17.  More than 40 artists will perform on this year’s eclectic bill.  In addition to the three stages of musical performances, the festival will feature 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs to satisfy the huge crowd expected to attend.  The Pitchfork Festival not only supports local businesses and the local economy, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole as indie music lovers descend on the city.

Major Lazer at Pitchfork Fest 2010

We were able to obtain a schedule of the bands announced so far, broken down by day of performance:

Friday, July 15:

Animal Collective
James Blake
Das Racist

Saturday, July 16:

Fleet Foxes
The Dismemberment Plan
Ariel Pink’s Haunted Graffiti
Sun Airway

Sunday, July 17:

TV on the Radio
Cut Copy

Tickets for the festival just went on sale exclusively through Ticketweb.  I am glad to see Ticketmaster and their ridiculous fees will not be involved.  Single-day tickets cost $45, and three-day passes will run you $110. Last year, three-day passes sold out in only five days, so don’t procrastinate, get your tickets now.

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