Live, in Photos: Pitchfork Music Festival 2021

Shots of Phoebe Bridgers, Big Thief, Erykah Badu, Animal Collective, and more from this past weekend’s event in Chicago’s Union Park.

This past weekend, the Pitchfork Music Festival returned to Chicago’s Union Park after taking 2020 off due to COVID. In addition to its stacked lineup—including Phoebe Bridgers, Erykah Badu, St. Vincent, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Thundercat, Danny Brown, and Caroline Polachek, among many others—and the general sense of joy still palpable from the return to live music in the city (handled, uh, a little better than its Grant Park sibling, which attracted more gossip than usual this summer), the fest featured surprise guests (well, maybe there were a few spoilers) as well as a handful of big-name acts debuting new tracks for the first time. 

Check out our photo coverage of some of the event’s highlights below.

Animal Collective

Big Thief

Big Thief

black midi

Dogleg

Dehd

Ela Minus

The Fiery Furnaces

Hop Along

Phoebe Bridgers

Phoebe Bridgers

Amaarae

Angel Olsen

Angel Olsen

Faye Webster

Waxahatchee

Kim Gordon

Angel Olsen & Sharon Van Etten

St. Vincent

St. Vincent

Caroline Polachek

Caroline Polachek

Danny Brown

Erykah Badu

Erykah Badu

Flying Lotus

Thundercat

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