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Pitchfork Music Festival to debut in London in 2021

The first edition of Pitchfork Music Festival London will take place from 10 to 14 November, marking the long-running festival’s UK debut.

Comprising a series of 12 concerts at venues in the UK capital, Pitchfork Music Festival London will feature more than 50 performances across five days. The London festival will run back to back with Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, now in its tenth year, which is being held from 16 to 20 November.

Performers will include Bobby Gillespie and Jehnny Beth, Anna Meredith, Mykki Blanco, Emma Jean Thackray, Black Midi, Stereolab and Girl Band, with events taking place at venues including the Roundhouse, Southbank Centre, Village Underground, Moth Club, Oslo in Hackney and more.

“After an incredibly difficult year for artists, fans, and our music community, we’re excited to celebrate the return of live music with so many legendary venues across two of the most important music cities in the world,” says Puja Patel, editor in chief of Pitchfork. “That we’re able to host festivals in London and Paris during the publication’s 25th anniversary feels all the more special.”

The UK event will be co-promoted by Form Presents, the Kilimanjaro Live-backed venture formed by the merger of Rockfeedback and One Inch Badge last year, and ticketed by Dice.

“We’re so excited about this season of events with such vital artists”

Daniel Monsell, Form Presents’ co-MD, says: “We at Form are delighted to be partnering with Pitchfork to bring this inaugural UK edition of the festival to London. Pitchfork is such an important resource for so many music fans in the UK and it feels even more special to do so in its 25th year of existence, being both long-term fans of the site and the amazing event in Paris.

“We’re so excited about this season of events with such vital artists, and to be able to bring the series into an array of the city’s best venues at a time when we’ve missed them so much.”

Regarding You Know What, organisers add that Pitchfork Music Festival London “will adhere to local Covid-19 protocol and will keep attendees updated as regulations evolve”.

The flagship Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago takes place from 10 to 12 September, with headliners including Phoebe Bridgers, Animal Collective, St Vincent, Kim Gordon, Erykah Badu and Flying Lotus. A German spin-off, set to debut in Berlin 2020, is on hiatus.

See the full line-up for Pitchfork Music Festival London in the poster below:

Pitchfork Music Festival London 2021 line-up


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Form: Rockfeedback and One Inch Badge merge

Leading independent UK promoters Rockfeedback and One Inch Badge have announced their merger, creating a new joint venture, Form, with backing from Kilimanjaro Live.

The combined company will produce and promote more than 600 shows across the UK annually. The Rockfeedback (RFB) and One Inch Badge (OIB) brands will continue in their home markets of London and Brighton, respectively, while shows outside those cities will be branded Form Presents.

Kilimanjaro Live – a national promoter majority owned by Germany’s DEAG – joins as a third partner, lending its administrative and infrastructural support while remaining a separate entity.

Form’s combined live roster includes the likes of Flume, Father John Misty, the War on Drugs, Kate Tempest, Unknown Mortal Orchestra, Bonobo, Johnny Flynn, Fontaines DC, Future Islands, Marika Hackman, Dream Wife and Kurt Vile, while OIB and RFB will continue to collaborate on non-music events and programming for brand clients. (Previous co-productions include book launches and comedy events for Akala, Neil Tennant, Beastie Boys and Kim Gordon and ‘in conversation’ events with Jon Ronson and Making a Murderer.)

“Following on from years of successful collaboration with Alex and all at OIB, we’re delighted to have found a great, natural way to bring our brands together, while creating something that feels new and different,” say RFB directors Dan Monsell and Toby L in a joint statement.

“We’re hugely excited about looking to further enhance the way we work with fantastic performers and servicing their fans as best as possible, for what we believe to be the next generation of classic and vital acts.”

“Following on from years of successful collaboration … we’re delighted to have found a great, natural way to bring our brands together”

Kilimanjaro director Steve Tilley tells IQ the company has taken a stake in Form, and will act as an advisory to the business, lending its support and experience as the new entity grows.

“There’s quite a lot of synergy for Kilimanjaro, as we’re very conscious of the independent promoters,” Tilley explains. “We’re here to help grow what RFB and OIB have done up to this point – and the FORM set-up scales that up really nicely. We’re very excited to be involved.’’

“We’re delighted to launch Form, a new live music and multi-disciplinary arts company that strives to set the path for a more considered and progressive touring opportunity through innovation, curation and new media marketing,” comments OIB director Alex Murray.

“After a decade working as a proudly independent company One Inch Badge are excited to be part of Form with long-term friends and collaborators, Rockfeedback and Kilimanjaro.”

“I’ve known Dan, Alex and Toby for several years and when they first raised the idea of joining forces and inviting Kilimanjaro to become part of their long-term plan, it was a complete no-brainer to me,” adds Tilley. “Dan, Toby and Alex are brilliant, creative and entrepreneurial promoters and Kilimanjaro is very excited to help them build and grow their business and careers.”

 


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