Day 3 of the Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park Chicago – July 19th 2015

chance the rapper on Day 3 of the Pitchfork Music Festival @ Union Park Chicago – July 19th 2015

Sunday afternoon at Pitchfork saw the return of clear skies. While the torrential rain of Saturday was becoming a fading memory, there were a few reminders of the soaking experienced by festivalgoers the previous afternoon. Pitchfork organizers made use of the free carpet square samples being provided by Flor, to “patch” any remaining mud holes spread sporadically throughout Union Park. While making it easier to navigate, the park took on the appearance of a patchwork quilt in the Sunday afternoon sunshine.

The day started with Canadian punk band Single Mothers, whose high-intensity performance helped everyone shake off the post-brunch fatigue and got the blood flowing. The Canadian invasion continued with Viet Cong cranking through their set of blistering post-punk on the red stage. Another notable early afternoon set was turned in by Waxahatchee, who were bathed in bright sunshine on the main stage. Kathleen Hanna drew a big crowd to the smaller blue stage as she led the Julie Ruin through an upbeat performance that mixed the raw grit of Bikini Kill with the synth and handclap dance vibe of Le Tigre. The later afternoon highlights included Jamie XX delivering his diverse mix of musical influences, Courtney Barnett playing a ferocious head-turning set on the main stage that even had fans at other stages taking notice, and Dan Snaith leading Caribou, through extended takes on their otherworldly digital tunes.

The day, and the festival, as a whole, culminated with the one-two punch of Run The Jewels followed by Chance the Rapper. Rap duo Run The Jewels have built a reputation for fierce live shows, and Sunday would be no exception. El-P and Killer Mike raised the bar even higher with an intense performance that included a guest appearance from Rage Against The Machine’s Zack De La Rocha. Closing out the weekend was Chicago’s own Chance the Rapper. Chance had the swagger to command the big stage and he put on a show that mixed hip-hop with gospel, soul, and a bit of jazz thrown in. It was clear that it was a big night for Chance and he seized it fully.

Check out the photos from Day 3 below.

Photos © Dan Kulpa

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