Live report: Pitchfork Music Festival Paris 2015
For a couple of years now, at least as far as we are concerned, Halloween and all its celebrations have been replaced by a far more important event: the Pitchfork Music Festival held at the Grande Halle de la Villette in Paris. The city of lights becomes for three days the haunt of artists, bloggers and music lovers, driven to book flights and hotel rooms by the great quality and the large variety of bands and performers offered by the festival.
The success of the festival is tied hand in glove by its host city: Paris is not only one of the world most beautiful cities, but is also situated in a convenient location, easily accessible from anywhere in Europe. For the second year in a row, we have been able to enjoy an unusual, but pleasant, almost springlike sun, which has blessed us in our daily walks along the Bassin de la Villette, before finding refuge in the huge structure made of iron and glass that answers to the name of Grande Halle de La Villette.
With an audience that could be estimated as half French and half from other countries, the Pitchfork Festival provides a very laid-back experience, far from the chaotic situations that can occur in events that gather thousands of people. It is well established that Pitchfork Festival is not only about music: The Playground, with its weird swings and pinball/table tennis stations, offers at any time a space to relax and have fun, while in the market located on the opposite balcony, people can take a look and buy handmade t-shirts, vintage clothing, fabulous tote-bags and a wide variety of trinkets.
Last but not least, the dining area offers a decent variety of food (including the best fries of the district) without the usual neverending queues that are a common view basically everywhere.
And what about the music? In the end, if every year we come back here is because we love the festival’s lineup. So here’s our thoughts about the Parisian three-days.
[See the next page for Day One]