Written by: Traffic Willis (@TrafficWillis)
The taste-filled stomping grounds for fans who have a distinct ear and hate the radio
14 years ago, a renowned media blog known as Pitchfork decided to birth a music festival that was geared towards the best of both new artists and the legendary. At Union Park just outside the Chicago Loop, a very diverse range of attendees that some would see as the “hipsters” come to see bands and solo acts who seem to share the element–a holy following that exists beyond the radio airwaves.
Listed by day, here are the 8 must-see musical acts:
Clairo – Her indie-electronica sound who is catching the attention of young adults across the world as a singer-songwriter with support from drummer and Chicago native Eddie Styx of the Burns Twins. Clairo is currently supporting Khalid on his arena tour
Earl Sweatshirt – The lyrically enthralling MC out of LA is stepping back into the limelight after cancelling his 2018 tour dates (Including a Pitchfork appearance) to focus on his mental health and struggles with anxiety.
Pusha T – Perhaps delivering the most controversial yet qualitative rap album of 2018, the G.O.O.D. Music president is making a Chicago appearance that is extremely hard to miss.
JPEGMAFIA: A longtime musician under many different names, he began releasing several tapes beginning in 2015, the Brooklyn-based rapper just recently gained widespread attention with his aptly titled album, “Veteran” in 2018. His performance style entails Kurt-Cobain-level screaming multiplied by crowd-surfing action to equate to a show that is NOT to be missed.
Jeremih – Popping off in 2009 with a slew of break-out hits, the Chicago native is making a homecoming for the first time in a while. The Birthday Sex pipes-of-gold singer has continued to rack up multi-platinum singles ever since, most notably on Planes featuring J Cole.
Ric Wilson – This up and coming Chicago soul-bouncing artist is known for putting on a show and brings an undeniable boost to brighten your day. Having shut down performances at multiple music fests including Governor’s Ball and Rolling Loud’s Bay Area and Miami, he continues to make more noise every month, ringing bells from Chicago to China.
Valee: G.O.O.D Music Signee, Valee has without a doubt proven himself with only one official EP and an exceedingly large turnout for his 2018 Lollapalooza set at the EARLIEST possible time slot. Growing up with Jeremih, the two forces recently united to create Womp Womp which took last summer by storm, in addition to Pusha T’s Guest verse on Miami.
Rico Nasty – A 2019 XXL Freshman and hard-hitting rapper whose name might fool you, the female artist is known for a nasty beat selection and high energy delivery with a performance style to live up to her name.