Pitchfork Music Festival 2010 Sunday Sold Out! Festival Announces Green Initiatives

Article Contributed by Pitch Perfect PR | Published on Monday, June 14, 2010

Sunday single-day tickets to the Pitchfork Music Festival (PMF), held at Chicago’s Union Park on July 16-July 18, have sold out, joining three-day passes on the roll-call of extinct opportunities. Saturday looks to be next on the list, as tickets vanish with palpable urgency. Be sure to get single-day passes for the Friday and Saturday festivities before it’s too late! Tickets can be purchased here.

In addition to providing a rewarding experience to music fans, PMF takes its responsibility to the environment seriously, and we encourage our audience, musicians, and vendors to do the same.  Last year, PMF recycled 46% of waste by weight (12 tons), and this year, the goal is to break 50%. Following are some steps we’re taking to ensure that our environmental “footprint” is as small as possible.


Managing waste is a very important part of any large gathering, and PMF has put together a comprehensive recycling program to limit what we send to the landfill.  Our recycling crew works with all of our vendors to help them recycle as much as possible, but we need YOUR help as well!!

If you come to PMF, please recycle your plastic cups and bottles, along with any cans and paper you come across.  We will have more recycling receptacles than ever this year, and your participation is greatly appreciated!

Biking, Walking, and Public Transportation

We're happy to announce an enhanced bike parking area under the Chicago Reader's biker village brought to you by Clif Bar. Free, secure bicycle parking will be available at the south end of the festival site, which will help aid less traffic congestion. We encourage you to bike, walk, or take the bus or train to and from the festival.  For folks coming from the Chicago area, please visit the following to plan your trip: www.transitchicago.com, www.pacebus.com, www.metrarail.com

If you are traveling from outside Chicago, please consider using a bus or train for your journey:  www.amtrak.com, www.greyhound.com, www.megabus.com | Thank you for being responsible in planning your trip!

Sustainable Power

All power for the festival comes from biodiesel fuel, which is cleaner than normal diesel fuel and reduces demand for foreign (or Gulf of Mexico) oil.  For more information on this energy resource, please visit www.biodiesel.org.

Carbon Offsets

The nature of an international music festival creates the need for a LOT of travel.  All the plane, train, van, and car miles that bring bands and fans from around the globe contribute significantly to the pressing problem of climate change. One way to fight this is to purchase “carbon offsets” that help fund actual projects which reduce emissions causing climate change. Individuals, companies, and other groups can buy these carbon offsets.

We’ve researched different companies that do good work in the carbon offset market. TerraPass is one of the best companies out there; you can visit their website to calculate your travel emissions, and then buy reasonably priced offsets to cover your trip.  You can also see TerraPass’s past and present projects on their website.

PMF Artist Offsets

PMF is putting our money where our mouth is: This year, we are buying carbon offsets to cover the travel of all our musicians.  Please consider purchasing your own!

The 2010 Pitchfork Music Festival Lineup:


Modest Mouse

Broken Social Scene




The Tallest Man on Earth

Sharon Van Etten


LCD Soundsystem

Panda Bear

Wolf Parade

The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion


Titus Andronicus



Real Estate

Bear In Heaven

Free Energy

The Smith Westerns


Kurt Vile

Freddie Gibbs

Sonny & The Sunsets




Big Boi

Major Lazer

St. Vincent

Lightning Bolt

Beach House


Sleigh Bells

Neon Indian

Cass McCombs

Here We Go Magic

Surfer Blood

Local Natives

Washed Out

Best Coast



Set times will be published mid-June.

About the Pitchfork Music Festival:

The Pitchfork Music Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary this year at Union Park in Chicago. The three-day event will once again showcase a variety of cutting-edge, global performers on three stages in one of the most comfortable and positive festival environments in the country, all brought to fans at a fraction of the price of any other nationally renowned music festival. In previous years, the Pitchfork Music Festival has provided a diverse audience the opportunity to see performances by some of the world’s most innovative and flourishing young acts, often acting as a barometer for what will be popular in the coming years, while also presenting a wide range of internationally renowned and beloved acts.

An independently run, consistently sold-out event, the Pitchfork Music Festival attracts 50,000 fans of all ages from 45 states and 11 countries. In addition to presenting an outstanding musical line-up at a reasonable price, the festival also offers a vast array of other activities for attendees to enjoy. With 50 individual vendors, as well as specialty fairs, the fest not only supports local businesses and the local economy, but also promotes the Chicago arts community as a whole.