Chance the Rapper Credit: Alison Green

Sound issues, poor sight lines, and overstuffed schedules can make outdoor music festivals a drag. But the unexpected blast of rain that hit the Pitchfork Music Festival on Saturday afternoon added an extra layer of irritation, turning the fields into mud traps for the free gigantic carpet squares attendees dragged around Union Park all weekend.

Such setbacks proved minor and forgettable, however, in light of the fantastic lineup Pitchfork assembled for its tenth festival. After three days of idiosyncratic rap, wispy folk, hypnotic postpunk, and whatever you want to call A.G. Cook, it became easier to forget about the weather and remember the performances. I wish I could’ve spent a little more time watching Sleater-Kinney close out the night on Saturday, Ryley Walker kick off the fest on Friday, or Chance the Rapper bid the fest adieu on Sunday, and it often felt like the musicians wanted a little more time on the stage as well. If you missed one of the acts you really wanted to see or if you just couldn’t make it to park, we’ve got you covered: the Reader‘s ace photo staff swarmed the festival all weekend and captured the onstage magic and the spirit of the enthusiastic, colorful crowd. Leor Galil


Friday

Ryley WalkerCredit: Alison Green
Ryley WalkerCredit: Alison Green
Ryley WalkerCredit: Alison Green
Natalie PrassCredit: Logan Javage
Natalie PrassCredit: Logan Javage
Natalie PrassCredit: Logan Javage
Jessica PrattCredit: Rosario Zavala
Jessica PrattCredit: Rosario Zavala
Jessica PrattCredit: Rosario Zavala
iLoveMakonnenCredit: Logan Javage
iLoveMakonnenCredit: Logan Javage
iLoveMakonnenCredit: Logan Javage
iLoveMakonnenCredit: Logan Javage
iLoveMakonnenCredit: Logan Javage
Mac DeMarcoCredit: Rosario Zavala
Mac DeMarcoCredit: Rosario Zavala
Panda BearCredit: Logan Javage
Panda BearCredit: Logan Javage
Panda Bear crowdCredit: Logan Javage
IceageCredit: Alison Green
IceageCredit: Alison Green
IceageCredit: Alison Green
IceageCredit: Alison Green
ChvrchesCredit: Rosario Zavala
ChvrchesCredit: Rosario Zavala
ChvrchesCredit: Rosario Zavala
ChvrchesCredit: Rosario Zavala
ChvrchesCredit: Rosario Zavala
WilcoCredit: Alison Green
WilcoCredit: Alison Green
WilcoCredit: Alison Green
WilcoCredit: Alison Green
WilcoCredit: Alison Green
WilcoCredit: Alison Green
WilcoCredit: Alison Green
WilcoCredit: Alison Green

Saturday

Jimmy WhispersCredit: Logan Javage
Jimmy WhispersCredit: Logan Javage
Jimmy WhispersCredit: Logan Javage
Jimmy WhispersCredit: Logan Javage
Jimmy WhispersCredit: Logan Javage
Jimmy WhispersCredit: Logan Javage
ProtomartyrCredit: Rosario Zavala
ProtomartyrCredit: Rosario Zavala
ProtomartyrCredit: Rosario Zavala
ProtomartyrCredit: Rosario Zavala
Ex HexCredit: Alison Green
Ex HexCredit: Alison Green
Ex HexCredit: Alison Green
Ex HexCredit: Alison Green
Ex HexCredit: Alison Green
Ex HexCredit: Alison Green
Kurt Vile & the ViolatorsCredit: Rosario Zavala
Kurt Vile & the Violators crowdCredit: Rosario Zavala
Kurt Vile & the ViolatorsCredit: Rosario Zavala
Kurt Vile & the ViolatorsCredit: Rosario Zavala
Ariel PinkCredit: Alison Green
Ariel PinkCredit: Alison Green
Ariel PinkCredit: Alison Green
A$AP FergCredit: Rosario Zavala
A$AP FergCredit: Rosario Zavala
A$AP FergCredit: Rosario Zavala
The New PornographersCredit: Logan Javage
The New PornographersCredit: Logan Javage
The New PornographersCredit: Logan Javage
Future IslandsCredit: Rosario Zavala
Future IslandsCredit: Rosario Zavala
Future IslandsCredit: Rosario Zavala
Sleater-KinneyCredit: Alison Green
Sleater-KinneyCredit: Alison Green
Sleater-KinneyCredit: Alison Green
Sleater-KinneyCredit: Alison Green
Sleater-KinneyCredit: Alison Green

Sunday

Viet CongCredit: Logan Javage
Viet CongCredit: Logan Javage
Viet CongCredit: Logan Javage
WaxahatcheeCredit: Logan Javage
WaxahatcheeCredit: Logan Javage
WaxahatcheeCredit: Logan Javage
The Julie RuinCredit: Andrea Bauer
The Julie RuinCredit: Andrea Bauer
The Julie RuinCredit: Andrea Bauer
The Julie RuinCredit: Andrea Bauer
Madlib & Freddie GibbsCredit: Alison Green
Madlib & Freddie GibbsCredit: Alison Green
Madlib & Freddie GibbsCredit: Alison Green
Perfume GeniusCredit: Rosario Zavala
Perfume GeniusCredit: Rosario Zavala
Perfume GeniusCredit: Rosario Zavala
Courtney BarnettCredit: Andrea Bauer
Courtney BarnettCredit: Andrea Bauer
Courtney BarnettCredit: Logan Javage
Courtney BarnettCredit: Logan Javage
Jamie XXCredit: Rosario Zavala
CaribouCredit: Logan Javage
Run the JewelsCredit: Alison Green
Run the JewelsCredit: Alison Green
Run the JewelsCredit: Alison Green
Chance the RapperCredit: Alison Green
Chance the RapperCredit: Alison Green
Chance the RapperCredit: Alison Green
Chance the RapperCredit: Alison Green
Chance the RapperCredit: Alison Green
Chance the RapperCredit: Alison Green