Pitchfork fest reveals six acts for July


March 6, 2006


The Pitchfork Music Festival, scheduled to be held in Union Park on July 29-30, has announced the first six of three dozen acts, and tickets go on sale this morning.

Performers at the underground music festival will include '80s art-rock legends Mission of Burma, emo heroes Ted Leo and the Pharmacists and indie-rock favorites the Mountain Goats, the National, Jens Lekman and Hot Machines.

Promoters promise 30 additional acts to be announced in the coming weeks. But early passes go on sale today -- $20 for one day or $30 for both -- through the popular Webzine that is sponsoring the event, www.pitchforkmedia.com.

One of the highlights of last year's summer concert seasons, the festival drew 30,000 indie-rock fans from around the world to the West Side's Union Park in July, when it was launched as the Intonation Music Festival.

Pitchfork and independent concert promoter Mike Reed subsequently split with their original partners Jon Singer and Mike Simons, who say they will continue with a new Intonation Festival earlier in the summer on June 24-25.

Meanwhile, the summer's other major alternative music festival, Lollapalooza, recently sold out an early-bird offering of 3,000 tickets at $45 each in only 34 minutes. In its second year as a "destination festival" on the Chicago waterfront, Lollapalooza is branching out to include a third day, from Aug. 4 to 6, and a much larger section of Grant Park, stretching from Hutchinson Field in the south to the Petrillo Band Shell in the north.

Lollapalooza promoters promise to announce the lineup of 130 bands when more tickets go on sale on March 16 via their Web site, www.lollapalooza.com. But veteran West Coast funk-punks the Red Hot Chili Peppers already have confirmed that they are among the headliners, and sources say the roster will also include Oklahoma psychedelic-popsters the Flaming Lips.