What should I see at Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015?

Pitchfork Music Festival in Paris is up in less than a month and we can’t be more excited to head back to the city of lights. Last year we had a fantastic time and we felt very welcomed into the Grande halle de la Villette, where the festival was hosted.

We can even say now that this year there will be no differences at all. We know for sure that it’ll be awesome in Paris, maybe even better than last time because there will be some news. The main one is that the Opening Night has expanded: with only one ticket (at the price of 16€, tickets still available here) you’ll be allowed access to three different venues, located close to each other in the 11th arrondissement. On October 27th, LA Priest, Empress Of, and BØRNS will perform at Café de la Danse; Neon Indian, Mura Masa, SG Lewis, and DJ Allie Teilz at Badaboum and Speedy Ortiz, Bully, and Mild High Club at La Mécanique Ondulatoire.

Not a bad start huh?

But the piece de resistance will come after a day of rest, starting from Thursday and then continue until late Saturday night at the Grande halle de la Villette. The main line-up consists of some of the best acts in the world, for whom not even worth writing more words. No one will argue if we say that Beach House‘s comeback LP Depression Cherry can be considered as one of the best releases of the year or if we affirm that Battles are finally returned to the highest level of excellence of their beginnings. We’ll dance like nobody’s watching with Four Tet and Ratatat, we’ll fall in love listening to Rhye and then there will be Thom Yorke doing his stuff (and hopefully dance in this way). You can check out the full line-up here and buy your three day pass, as well as a single day pass, here.

On the nights of 29 and 30 October (Thursday and Friday), the close venue Trabendo will host the afterparties. The lineup includes Rustie, Nosaj Thing (live), Stwo, Gilligan Moss, Keight, John Pope,Omar S, André Bratten (live), Galcher Lustwerk, Cosmo, and k2k. If you won’t be too tired of dancing, Trabendo is the place for you. Tickets for each night can be purchased here.

As in any other festival, also here you may be forced to make choices between the various acts. Big names have no need for an introduction, but what about the ones with the initial spots in the bill? Here’s a short guide that we hope will help you.



Tuesday, October 27.

This is probably the toughest advice to give. That’s because the Opening Night looks really amazing. We’re pretty sure that the reverb in Bully’s guitars will mess up your hair and SG Lewis will fill the room with the best vibes. But if, for any reason, you have to miss a live performance, make sure that it is not that of Empress Of. In fact, Lorely Rodriguez has dropped one of the finest pop record of the year. And the gig promises to be truly explosive!



Thursday, October 29.

Au contraire, this is the easiest advice: show up early any day. Because there’s a high chance that you will listen a future star. Last year happened with Tobias Jesso Jr., this year we are curious to find out who will take up his legacy. Musically speaking, HÆLOS are too far apart from Tobias’ delicate songwriting, but the liquid electronic sound delivered by this cryptic trio is too charming to remain ignored.



Friday, October 30.

If Dornik represents the youngest side of the funky side of the festival, Rome Fortune is his counterpart regarding rap and hip-hop. Run The Jewels will burn the stage on Saturday, but we’re pretty sure that also the fluid flow of the Atlanta’s artist will earn a lot of respect due to his performance on Friday.



Saturday, October 31.

Opposites attract. If the festive and rough temper of Spanish guitar-pop quartet Hinds is able to open the last day of the festival with a huge bang, on the other hand the seductive, R&B-infused electro-pop offer of British singer NAO guarantees the meeting with a futuristic and visionary sound.