Ironically festivals of late have become less about the music and more about the food, the crowd and clothes. Usually not ones to complain, as we love any opportunity to wear fringing. But, sometimes you want your music festival to be, well, about the music. If this is you, then Pitchfork is what you’ve been dreaming of. Like the website that spawned it, this festival calls Chicago home and has a habit of breaking all the need-to-know indie bands. Happening on 18th-20th July, it has a stellar line up that jumps from rap (holla at me Kendrick Lamar) to alt rock (speaking to you Beck) to keep your sound buds satisfied all weekend long.

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Who to Hear: Beck, Danny Brown, St Vincent, FKA Twigs, Neutral Milk Hotel, Wild Beasts, Kendrick Lamar, Schoolboy Q.

What to Wear: The crowd is notoriously well dressed. Last year we saw the winning combo of ankle boots and floral slip dresses. This year, we’re predicting a climate of bandanas and bandeaus.

What to Eat: C’mon this one’s easy – you’re in the Windy City so deep dish pizza is top menu totty.

What else is there to do? Music really is the focus but if you find yourself at a loss check out the festival’s satellite projects – the Coterie Craft fair, where 40-jury selected artist will be selling everything from artisanal home furnishings to unique paper goods, or Flatstock, which is a chance to see and shop the American Poster Institute’s best show-posters.

Get the complete lowdown and your tickets, right here!