The eleventh running of the Pitchfork Music Festival went down this weekend under glorious skies in Chicago’s Union Park and featured perhaps the strongest lineup in the festival’s history. Strong—if at-times bleak—headlining sets from Beach House, Sufjan Stevens, and FKA twigs were bolstered by a robust undercard that ranged from jazz (Sun Ra’s Arkestra, Kamasi Washington) to R&B (Miguel, Jeremih, BJ the Chicago Kid) to however you classify Jenny Hval’s circus madness.
We were chilling in the shade and keeping our phones charged off solar power thanks to our pals at Clif Bar & Company, who were giving out 7″ singles made from recycled plates—and offering up adult coloring books for the stressed and young at heart alike—at their Re-Sound Lounge. But our photographer James Richards IV was hard at work canvassing the Red, Green, and Blue stages and capturing what he saw. Check out the fest through his eyes below.