Moving ahead with their plans for an encore of last summer's best
underground music festival, as well as the goal of competing with the new
Pitchfork Music Festival and the revitalized Lollapalooza, the promoters of
the Intonation Music Festival have announced two headliners for the two-day
concert. The event will take place in Union Park (at Randolph and Ashland)
on June 24-25.
Topping a bill of 20 bands will be South London art-punks
Bloc Party, who sold a quarter-million copies of their 2005 debut, "Silent
Alarm," and English rapper the Streets, making his only Chicago appearance
in support of his new album "The Hardest Way to Make an Easy Living."
Intonation promoters promise to announce additional acts in the coming
weeks -- they are reportedly negotiating with heralded English rapper Lady
Sovereign, former Guided by Voices bandleader Robert Pollard, ork-pop hero
Jon Brion and Dead Prez, among others -- and the fest is being curated by
New York's Vice Records label, which is the home of the Boredoms, Death From
Above 1979 and the Stills, as well as Bloc Party.
Tickets for Intonation will be $20 for a one-day pass and $35 for a
two-day pass, but a limited number of two-day passes will go on sale at noon
Monday for $25 through www.intonationmusicfest.com.
Earlier last week, the curators of the first Intonation festival,
Pitchforkmedia.com, announced headliners Mission of Burma, Ted Leo and
the Pharmacists, the Mountain Goats, the National, Jens Lekman and Hot
Machines for their new Pitchfork Music Festival July 29-30 in Union Park (www.pitchforkmusicfestival.com).
On Thursday, they added several more performers to the bill -- Spoon, Yo La
Tengo and Tapes 'n Tapes -- and promised to name all of the 36 bands Monday.
The promoters of Lollapalooza at Grant Park on Aug. 4-6 also say they
will announce the 130 bands performing there next week, as tickets go on
sale through www.lollapalooza.com on Wednesday.