Tame Impala, D.R.A.M. and Raphael Saadiq headlining 2018 Pitchfork Music Festival
Courtesy of Universal Music

The writing is on the wall for music fans awaiting this summer’s Pitchfork Music Festival. Literally. Set to take place in Chicago’s Union Park July 20-22, the festival’s promoters have found a fun and unique way to reveal the first batch of scheduled performers: through a hand-painted mural in the city’s Wicker Park neighborhood. For the rest of the world, we can tell you that the three-day event will be headlined by Australian pop-rockers Tame Impala, rapper D.R.A.M. and R&B singer Raphael Saadiq.

As the choice of disparate headliners attests, the Pitchfork Music Festival prides itself on a diverse line-up, and this year’s 13th edition is no exception. As Pitchfork founder Ryan Schreiber said through the festival’s publicist, “Each year we assemble a wide-ranging lineup of established and emerging artists whose work is making a significant impact on popular or underground music culture. This focus on progressive artists who push music forward brings together like-minded fans who care deeply about where music is headed, and that sense of community distinguishes the Pitchfork Music Festival from other summer music festivals.”

The acts announced so far are just the first wave of three; additional performers will be announced in the coming weeks. Warm up acts for Tame Impala on July 20 will include indie rocker Lucy Dacus, who is just about to release a new album called Historian, and two Chicago-based acts, noise rockers Melkbelly and psych/jazz/minimalist outfit Joshua Abrams & Natural Information Society. Saadiq headlines on July 21 and his opening acts will include This is Not This Heat, a reuniting after 40-years of This Heat members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward, pop singer Kelela and Julien Baker who, when not playing solo, is also a member of Forrister.

The Pitchfork Music Festival closes on July 22 with a headlining show from D.R.A.M. Opening acts announced so far include electronica artist Kelly Lee Owens, free jazz collective Irreversible Entanglements, lo-fi pop singer (Sandy) Alex G, rocking Vancouver duo Japandroids and teen pop singer Ravyn Lenae, another of the festival’s Chicago-based acts. This year’s festival is slated to feature the most Chicago-centric lineup the event has ever had, so fans can look forward to more Windy City talent being added as the roster is rounded out.

Ticketing options for the festival include day passes at $75 and three-day passes for $175, with the Pitchfork +Plus three-day pass upgrade also being available for $375. The +Plus ticket gives holders special amenities like access to premium food vendors and private specialty bars.

More Pitchfork Music Festival information is available here.