Pitchfork Music Festival Paris Recap

Word by / Amantha Dikin

Photo by Alban Gendrot

Photo by Alban Gendrot

When stepping foot in Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, one can’t help but feel the excitement in the air. On the first chilly weekend of Fall in Paris, thousands of music lovers gathered to listen to the likes of Indie powerhouses such as Blood Orange and Bon Iver, as well as up and comers like Snail Mail and Boy Pablo. Since 2011 the festival has made the Grande Halle de la Villette its home, right in the heart of Paris’ 19th Arrondissement. The festival offers a collection of designers and curators showcased in the warehouse alongside the live music. Included are over 40 different vendors offering live screen printing, art of all kinds, and an opportunity to book flash tattoo sessions with some of Paris’ favorite artists.

Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan. Photo by Matt Lief Anderson.

Snail Mail’s Lindsey Jordan. Photo by Matt Lief Anderson.

The fierce and painfully sincere Lindsey Jordan of Snail Mail did not disappoint on Friday, November 3rd. She was accompanied by touring bandmates drummer Ray Brown and bassist Alex Bass at the opening set for the last day of the Pitchfork Paris.

In many ways, Lindsey Jordan’s set was similar to her unofficial SXSW show earlier this year at Cheer up Charlie’s. Her signature crystalline guitar pop was in full force as she dominated the stage and intertwined everyone in the crowd. With hella attitude and the personification of a middle finger, I’m excited to see where Lindsey Jordan goes from here.

Photo by Maria Louceiro.

Photo by Maria Louceiro.

Folk icon Bon Iver closed out the weekend in typical Justin Vernon fashion with his haunting vocals and piercing, confessional lyrics. His electro-folk sound filled the entire warehouse, leaving all listening in awe. As Vernon played guitar, piano and other various instruments, the crowd stood in almost complete silence, slowly swaying along. One of my personal favorites was his lengthy rendition of Woods. It started with a lone spotlight on Vernon as he sang softly. It slowly built up to a full solo production with multiple pedal loops and stark, bright spotlights darting around Vernon. Always touching, and always sincere, Justin Vernon performed for nearly an hour and a half, somehow leaving the crowd wanting more.

Bon Iver- November 3, 2018 Setlist

  1. 666 ʇ

  2. 10 d E A T h b R E a s T

  3. 715 - CREEKS

  4. Heavenly Father

  5. 29 #Strafford APTS

  6. Beach Baby

  7. Wash.

  8. Perth

  9. Minnesota, WI

  10. Michicant

  11. 8 (circle)

  12. 33 “GOD”

  13. Blood Bank

  14. ____45____

  15. Creature Fear

  16. Calgary

  17. Woods

  18. 22 (OVER S∞∞N)

Photo by James Drew Turner.

Photo by James Drew Turner.