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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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Festival Fever: what to expect from summer 2020

Continuing the series of 2020 line-up announcements, IQ has a look at what Saga Festival, Pitchfork Music Festival and Sea Star Festival have in store, as well as the latest additions to the massive Roskilde and Mad Cool line-ups.

(See the previous edition of Festival Fever here.)

 


Roskilde

When: 27 June to 4 July
Where: Roskilde, Denmark
How many: 85,000

Roskilde Festival has completed the line-up for its mammoth 50th anniversary edition, with Kendrick Lamar, the Strokes, Haim and Charli XCX among those joining the bill.

The Roots, DaBaby, Dave, Brittany Howard and Bicep also form part of the 110-strong group of new additions.

The newly announced artists join Taylor Swift, Pusha T, Faith No More, FKA Twigs and Tyler the Creator for the festival’s half-century celebrations.

“With this year’s line-up, we do what we’ve always done: look ahead,” comments Anders Wahrén, the festival’s head of programming.

“It has been important to us that festival number 50 points to the future, and that is why 2020 will feature the lowest average age ever among the headliners. You don’t have to have 20 years of experience to perform on the main stage. That era is over.”

Tickets for Roskilde Festival 2020 are available here, with a full eight-day festival pass costing DDK2250 (£257).

“2020 will feature the lowest average age ever among the headliners”

Saga Festival

When: 5 to 7 June
Where: Izvor Park, Bucharest, Romania

Saga Festival, a new three-day event promoted by electronic music specialists Alda and Insomniac, is debuting in Bucharest this summer.

Tiësto, Marshmello, Disclosure, Faithless, Meduza and Sigala are among more than 150 acts performing across five stages at the festival, with recently announced artists including Timmy Trumpet, Vini Vici, Laidback Luke, Denis Sulta and Zara Larsson.

The festival has partnered with Romanian waste management charity Reciclad’Or and conservation organisation WWF, as part of its commitment to securing a low ‘festival footprint’ and promoting understanding of the issues facing the planet.

Tickets for Saga Festival are available here, with a three-day pass priced at RON299 (£52) and VIP options costing RON699 (£123).

Tiësto, Marshmello, Disclosure, Faithless, Meduza and Sigala are among more than 150 acts performing at the festival

Pitchfork Music Festival

When: 17 to 19 July
Where: Union Park, Chicago, USA
How many: 20,000

YeahYeahYeahs, Run the Jewels and the National are headlining US magazine Pitchfork’s flagship Chicago festival this year, with other performances coming from Angel Olsen, Danny Brown, Phoebe Bridgers and Badbadnotgood.

2020 marks the 15th year of the Chicago edition of Pitchfork Music Festival. A spin-off event has taken place in Paris since 2011, promoted by Parisian booking and events agency Super!, and a German edition is launching this year in Berlin, featuring Lianne La Havas, Celeste and Modeselektor.

Tickets for Pitchfork Music Festival 2020 are available here, with day tickets costing $75 (£58) and a three-day pass priced at $185 (£144).

2020 marks the 15th year of the Chicago edition of Pitchfork Music Festival

Sea Star Festival

When: 22 to 23 May
Where: Stella Maris lagoon, Umag, Croatia
How many: 20,000

The brainchild of the team behind Serbia’s Exit Festival, Sea Star Festival is preparing for its fourth outing this year in the Croatian seaside town of Umag.

Hip-hop group Cypress Hill are topping the bill, which features acts including Amelie Lens, Meduza, Umek, Dubioza Kolektiv and Farrago. A welcome party and closing party will take place on 21 and 24 May respectively.

Sea Star is part of Exit’s extended festival network, consisting of Serbia’s No Sleep Festival, Romania’s Revolution Festival and Montenegro’s Sea Dance Festival.

Exit Festival will see performances by David Guetta, Tyga, Fatboy Slim and James Arthur for its 20th anniversary edition this year.

Tickets for Sea Star Festival 2020 are available here, priced at €39 (£33) for international fans and €30 (£26) for locals. Ticket prices will increase on 6 March.

The brainchild of the team behind Serbia’s Exit Festival, Sea Star Festival is preparing for its fourth outing this year

Mad Cool

When: 8 to 11 July
Where: Espacio Mad Cool, Madrid Spain
How many: 60,000

Live Nation’s Mad Cool festival has a big year ahead, with an extra day of programming for 2020.

Royal Blood and Mumford & Sons are the most recent additions to the extensive line-up, joining previously announced acts Taylor Swift, the Killers, Kings of Leon, Faith No More, Billie Eilish, Twenty One Pilots, Foals and Anderson Paak.

Other acts appearing across the three days include Wolf Alice, Placebo, Jamie Cullum, Major Lazer and Khalid.

Tickets for Mad Cool 2020 are available here, with a four-day pass costing €179 (£153).

 


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Berlin’s Tempodrom increases cap. by 20%

The Tempodrom in Berlin, Germany, has undergone an extensive conversion and renovation, increasing capacity and adding new features as the venue comes up to its 20th year.

Due to the remodelling, the capacity of the venue has grown by 20%, from 3,500 to 4,200.

Seating and grandstands have been modernised, with upgrades to the Tempodrom’s foyer and bar area scheduled for the summer.

A climate-control system has been installed to monitor air quality and carbon dioxide content. Solar panels and a geothermal heat exchanger help to reduce the venue’s energy consumption.

In addition to the internal upgrades, the venue’s wooden roof terrace and outdoor staircases have also undergone renovation.

“Besides the unique atmosphere that the Tempodrom offers, we also want to set new standards in matters of comfort and convenience, and further optimise the Tempodrom for artists, organisers and guests”

“We have used the past few months to give the Tempodrom a makeover,” says the venue’s managing director, Karolin Seemann-Gramsch. “The extensive modernisation measures will contribute to the further strengthening of our venue as a popular location in the domestic and international event market.

“Besides the unique atmosphere that the Tempodrom offers, we also want to set new standards in matters of comfort and convenience, and further optimise the Tempodrom for artists, organisers and guests.”

Artists including Sascha Grammel, Annett Louisan, Liam Gallagher, Milky Chance and Sofi Tukker are performing at Berlin’s Tempodrom over the next few months. The venue will also be the site of the inaugural Berlin edition of Pitchfork Music Festival, taking place from 8 to 9 May 2020.

 


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Pitchfork Music Festival goes to Berlin

US-based magazine Pitchfork is launching the first-ever Berlin edition of its music festival, the publication’s editor announced at Reeperbahn Festival, Germany, yesterday (19 September).

The festival is set to take place from 8 to 9 May 2020 at Berlin’s 3,500-capacity Tempodrom, featuring a mix of established artists and emerging musicians.

The event will be promoted by Scumeck Sabottka’s MCT Agentur, the longtime promoter of German metal band Rammstein.

The Pitchfork Music Festival launched in 2006 in Union Park, Chicago. The 20,000-capacity 2019 festival, which took place from 19 to 21 July, featured headliners Robyn, Haim and the Isley Brothers.

In 2011, the festival’s first spin-off event took place in Paris at the 15,000-capacity Grande Halle de la Villette. The 2019 edition, which takes place from 31 October to 2 November, will see performances from Skepta, Chromatics and Belle and Sebastian. Pitchfork Music Festival Paris is promoted by Parisian booking and events agency Super!.

Tickets for the upcoming Pitchfork Paris, priced at €50 for a one-day ticket and €120 for a three-day pass, are available here.

More updates on the upcoming Berlin festival can be found on Pitchfork Berlin’s Instagram, Facebook and Twitter pages.

 


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