PHOTOS: Pitchfork Music Festival 2013 – Day 2
Words by Evan La Ruffa, Images by Abel Arciniega / Tequila Graphics
Day Two of Pitchfork Music Festival was as hot as the first, with even more people packing into the festival grounds. The layout at Union Park is basic without being a huge swath of land, making it easy to bounce from set to set. On this day, there was as diverse a smattering of music as one could ever hope for. Ryan Hemsworth made the first notable entry of the day, coaxing a set that got the blood flowing. He played the Blue Stage, which is tucked into the southwest corner of the park, with trees looming, making it feel more private than the other stages.
In all fairness, we’d be in the wrong not to mention the fact that Solange certainly was THE highlight of Day 2. Her set was funky and celebratory. She engaged with the fans, thanking them, injecting energy into the crowd who for once was able to enjoy a set at the Red Stage in the shade. Her band kicked out tight jams that served as a perfect background for Solange’s soulful vocals. Beyonce’s little sister impressed, that’s for sure. Andy Stott started half-way through her set and brought his dirty blend of ethereal sounds. (I’d love to see him in Goa). It was fun to shift his way after Solange did her thing.
The night concluded with Belle and Sebastien on the Green Stage, followed by Rustie back over at Blue. Rustie eased into his set, truly lulling the crowd into a sense calm before hitting with his pulsating and driving rhythms. He’s an example of modern producers who seem to be increasingly aware of arc, especially during their live sets. This has to be the the keynote skill of playing music in a live setting when you’re not a band. Traveling between those two stages evidenced the wide ranging palette Pitchfork brought together at this year’s festival.
Check back for photos of Day 3!