Pitchfork Music Festival 2018 Review

All photos by Kenzie Gasper

Now that Union Park has settled down from it’s Pitchfork 2018 excitement, it’s time to round up our favorite artists from the weekend! Luckily, most of our favorites are playing in Philly in the next few months so instead of having FOMO  from the fest all you have to do is load your SEPTA Key Card and go!

Tame Impala

Some bands seem like they’re just made to headline festivals, and first night headliners, Tame Impala, is definitely one of those bands.  The gloomy, rainy night was no match for the Aussie psych-rockers’ trippy light show, on stage visuals and of course, incredible performance. The crowd was covered in a mix of confetti and mud, but their set definitely closed Friday out on a high note.

Blood Orange

Dev Hynes aka Blood Orange was definitely on the top of everyone’s list of who to see this year.  Hynes brought an entire production, including choreography, back-up singers, complete with a film playing behind them.  They played some new songs from their upcoming album and the crowd fell in love. Don’t miss your chance to fall in love on September 27 when Blood Orange brings their production to the Fillmore.

Japanese Breakfast at Pitchfork Fest, Chicago IL

Japanese Breakfast

Japanese Breakfast definitely made Philly proud at Pitchfork this year. Without a doubt, whenever they’re playing, it’s bound to be the most fun set – and this set was no exception. The crowd was immediately in the hands of front-woman Michelle Zauner and stayed there for the entirety of the set, which included a cover of The Cranberries’ “Dreams”. Don’t miss Japanese Breakfast as they just announced special holiday shows on Dec 29-Dec 31*  (Dec 30 show is all ages) at Johnny Brenda’s.

Alex G

From crowded Temple basements to Rolling Stone, Alex G just keeps getting more and more powerful. His set was a perfect mixture of his more low-key songs and his biggest hits. He barely said a word until the end of his set, but it didn’t matter much, his music did the talking for him.


Girlpool is another band that is on everybody’s “do not miss list”. Their laid-back sound left festival-goers reflective, even if just for a moment. They have such a powerful and unique sound it’s no wonder the crowd seemed to triple in seconds. You can catch them on Nov 6 at Union Transfer with Porches.

Were you at the Pitchfork Music Festival? Check out our gallery to relive the fest. Already preparing for next year? Tell us what you think in the comments below!

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.