Pitchfork Music Festival Evacuates Due to ‘Dangerous Weather Conditions’

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As soaring temperatures spark weather advisories across the country and prompt several event cancelations in numerous cities, Chicago’s Pitchfork Festival is the latest to change their plans following a nasty thunderstorm.

After the sky opened up over the festival in Union Park on Saturday (July 20), organizers cited “dangerous weather conditions” as the reason for the evacuation approximately halfway through the second day of the event’s programming.

Pitchfork’s Saturday slate was scheduled to feature the Isley Brothers (playing a special 60th birthday celebration), Belle & Sebastian (performing their 1996 album, If You’re Feeling Sinister), Stereolab, Kurt Vile and more.

Haim, Mavis Staples and Pusha T were among the top-billed talents on Friday’s schedule (July 19), and Robyn, Charli XCX and Whitney lead the list of artists planning to play Sunday (July 21).

Update: At 7:20 p.m. ET, the festival tweeted: “Gates will open in 5 minutes. You can enter at the main gate on Ashland, Ogden/Washington, or at Ashland/Washington. Music will resume as soon as possible with Stereolab and Freddie Gibbs and then will continue as previously scheduled.”



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