Pusha T, Rico Nasty and Valee Bring the Heat & Help Cool Down Crowds During Scorching Day 1 of Pitchfork

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Annually held at Union Park, Pitchfork Music Festival can typically bring out tens of thousands of concert goers from all across the city (and country in some cases). However,  seemingly a direct result of the scorching 95 degrees and Excessive Heat Advisory spanning most of the day, smaller than normal crowds filled the park as they kicked off day one of the festival’s 14th installment.

Emergency response teams and performers alike, paid special attention to the crowds; offering free water (typically $2/bottle) at emergency response stations and tossing bottles to concert goers with from the stages during live performances. 

In additional attempts to counteract the heat wave predicted for the 3-day festival weekend, Chicago transit authority provided buses as cooling stations for over-heated festival goers. Buckets labeled DUNK were stationed between the Red and Blue stages, and tents spewing calculated mists of water were strategically placed across the festival grounds. 

Notwithstanding the scolding temps, concert goers in attendance crowded the Red, Blue and Green stages for high octane performances from fan favorites Rico Nasty, Pusha T, Earl Sweatshirt and Valee.

Despite his hype-man’s best efforts, reluctant concert goers watching Valee, refused to take part in requests to form a mosh pit as the audience stared blankly at Valee for confirmation. Providing none, Valee flamed a blunt, marched to the opposite end of the stage, continuing his performance. 

Instead, Pitchfork staff came to the rescue, providing bottles of water from the photo pit to parched fans as Valee’s set continued with hits from “Runnin’s Rich”, his latest album. 

Rico Nasty’s security team also found cause to assist, sprinkingly the sweaty,yet energetic. crowd with multiple bottles of water to help them cool and managing to take the attention off of the sweltering heat for the remaining 20 minutes of her set. 

By the time Pusha T hit the stage, heat was of no concern as the entirety of the parks attendees crowded the main stage to see the G.O.O.D music headliner performer a myriad of fan favorite songs from his hit album Daytona. 

All in all, the day was a success with only one emergency response call being made throughout the entirety of the day. As of now, the city shows signs of cooling down as temps  are expected to remain in the 90s for the remainder of the festival weekend. Stay hydrated my friends!

The schedule for the remaining days is as follows :

Saturday, July 20

1:00 Lala Lala (Green Stage)
1:45 Ric Wilson (Red Stage)
2:30 CHAI (Green Stage)
2:45 Tirzah (Blue Stage)
3:20 Cate Le Bon (Red Stage)
4:00 Jay Som (Blue Stage)
4:15 Parquet Courts (Green Stage)
5:15 Kurt Vile (Red Stage)
5:15 Amber Mark (Blue Stage)
6:15 Stereolab (Green Stage)
6:30 Freddie Gibbs (Blue Stage)
7:25 Belle & Sebastian (Red Stage)
7:45 Jeremih (Blue Stage)
8:30 The Isley Brothers (Green Stage)

Sunday, July 21

1:00 Dreezy (Green Stage)
1:45 Flasher (Red Stage)
2:30 Black Midi (Green Stage)
2:45 Tasha (Blue Stage)
3:20 JPEGMAFIA (Red Stage)
4:00 Ibeyi (Blue Stage)
4:15 Clairo (Green Stage)
5:15 Khruangbin (Red Stage)
5:15 Amen Dunes (Blue Stage)
6:15 Whitney (Green Stage)
6:30 Neneh Cherry (Blue Stage)
7:25 Charli XCX (Red Stage)
7:45 Snail Mail (Blue Stage)
8:30 Robyn (Green Stage)

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