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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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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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Corida acquires 50% of Pitchfork Paris promoter Super!

Corida Group, one of the largest independent live music companies in France, has acquired half of Super!, the promoter behind the Pitchfork Paris, Cabourg Mon Amour and Biarritz en Été festivals.

The deal – signed on the eve of Pitchfork Paris (1–3 November) – sees Super! join other semi-independent promoters the Talent Boutique and Pi-Pôle, along with Corida itself, under the Corida Group umbrella. The set-up, says the company, offers “a distinct and innovative alternative to multinational promoters”, such as Live Nation France and the recently launched AEG Presents France, “in Europe.”

Corida is the live music arm of France’s multifaceted Because Music Group, which is also involved in publishing, artist management and venue ownership.

The company now owns five festivals – its portfolio already included We Love Green and Peacock Festival – and programmes a further two (Super! is exec producer of Red Bull Music Festival and curator of Villette Sonique), while its promotion roster is boosted by the likes of the XX, Bon Iver, Four Fet, Mumford & Sons and Caribou.

“Together, we can be a real alternative, and attract the most talented independent acts touring France and Europe”

Julien Catala, who founded Super! in 2006, says: “I am delighted and proud to be joining the Corida and Because groups. This new partnership will enable Super! to develop its booking activities, festival production and special events, and continue to expand.

“In a globalised industry with multinational operators, being part of an independent group remains crucial to the Super! concept and the whole team. I am looking forward to working alongside Emmanuel [de Buretel, Because founder], Olivier [Darbois, Corida MD] and their partners at the Corida Group in order to expand an independent, innovative and modern network, while cultivating a strong and unique artistic ambition.”

“Super! is a fantastic addition to our group,” adds Darbois, recently appointed president of Prodiss. “Julien will continue to operate Super! independently while we will offer him our expertise and strength to help him expand. Together, we can be a real alternative, and attract the most talented independent acts touring France and Europe with a world-class level of service”.

De Buretel comments: “I am particularly excited to have the opportunity to work with Julien and his team. He is an imaginative entrepreneur who has demonstrated over the past 12 years that you can build a real alternative in a very competitive market like France. He will be an important asset for Corida Group across artist development to festivals, and we look forward to building synergies across the Because umbrella.”


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