February 29th, 2012 By Mike Breen | Music | Posted In: Local Music, Live Music, Music News, Festivals

Forecastle and Pitchfork Fests Announce Lineups

The two established music events coincide with Cincy's innaugrual Bunbury festival


The Bunbury Music Festival in Cincinnati falls on the same weekend as two other big regional music fests, one 100 miles to our south and the other about 300 miles northwest of the Queen City. Like Bunbury, the Pitchfork Music Festival in Chicago and the 10th annual Forecastle fest are happening July 13-15.

In theory, the proximity (geographically and time-wise) should lead to some crossover, as artists from one event might run their tour route to the other cities to score some of those big festival performance fees. (MidPoint's 2011 fest in Cincy, for example, shared some acts with the somewhat nearby Pygmalion Music Festival in Urbana-Champaign, Ill.) But so far that hasn't happened with Bunbury, which seems to be focusing on more mainstream "Alternative" artists, as opposed to Pitchfork's more esoteric lineup and Forecastle's endearing mishmash of styles.

Louisville's Forecastle previously announced that hometown heroes My Morning Jacket would be curating the event and performing.

This morning organizers announced that joining them will be Dubstep superstar Bassnectar and Dad Rock champs Wilco, plus Andrew Bird, Girl Talk, Atmosphere, Neko Case, Sleigh Bells, A-Trak, Dean Wareham (playing Galaxie 500 songs), Galactic, Clutch, Flying Lotus, Preservation Hall Jazz Band, Mike Doughty, Real Estate, Deer Tick, Charles Bradley, JEFF the Brotherhood and Cincinnati's Walk the Moon, among others. Click here for ticket info and the the full lineup so far.

Meanwhile, here is who Pitchfork announced yesterday for this year's event in Chicago's Union Park: Vampire Weekend, Feist, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Hot Chip, AraabMUZIK, A$AP Rocky, The Field, Liturgy, Kendrick Lamar, Grimes, Cloud Nothings, Tim Hecker and Willis Earl Beal. Thirty more artists will be announced later.

Pitchfork tickets go on sale next Friday, March 9, at noon via the Pitchfork fest's site here.

So if you could go to any of the three festivals, based on the info available so far (and not counting travel costs and lodging arrangements) which one would you attend — Cincinnati's, Louisville's or Chicago's?

02.29.2012 at 07:03 Reply

Dad Rock champs Wilco? Jesus. But yeah, Weezer and Jane's Addiction are still awesome.


02.29.2012 at 09:05 Reply

I would happily go to whichever one my super awesome editor thinks I should check out!

Also: Dad Rock champs Wilco=Awesome.


03.01.2012 at 12:07 Reply

Nice the way you stole the Pitchfork "dad rock" tag in a story using Pitchfork in the headline.  It's almost as though there are no original thoughts left in the music blogosphear.  The irony is that Pitchfork has meanwhile become the "dad blog".  Oh, it's so unhip to be so popular... blah blah blah



03.01.2012 at 03:36 Reply

Are you kidding me? No contest: Forecastle.

Better lineup, more for your money.


03.01.2012 at 07:10 Reply

Exactly. Louisville trumps Cincinnati yet again. I don't think my sarcasm came through on my first comment.