Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 Day 1: photo highlights

Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 got under way Friday afternoon in Union Park, marking the return

Pitchfork Music Festival 2021 got under way Friday afternoon in Union Park, marking the return of the West Loop staple after COVID forced its cancelation in 2020.

The eclectic lineup promises a mix of hip-hop, R&B, indie rock and more.

And hot on the heels of Lollapalooza last month, the music festival has strict COVID-19 safety protocols in place, requiring proof of full vaccination or a negative test within 24 hours for each day of the fest in order to gain entry. Masks are encouraged at all times, per the festival’s website and signs posted at entry.

In addition to music, a popup art fair featuring the work of local artists made for perfect summertime shopping and browsing.

Here’s a look at the sights and sounds of Friday’s festival:

Yaeji performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Yaeji performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Yaeji performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Yaeji performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Yaeji performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Yaeji performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Yaeji performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Yaeji performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Yaeji performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Phoebe Bridgers performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Festival-goers watch Phoebe Bridgers perform on day one.

Festival-goers watch Phoebe Bridgers perform on day one.
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Festival-goers watch Phoebe Bridgers perform on day one.

Festival-goers watch Phoebe Bridgers perform on day one.
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Festival-goers watch Phoebe Bridgers perform on day one.

Festival-goers watch Phoebe Bridgers perform on day one.
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Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Big Thief performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
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Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Kelly Lee Owens performs on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday in Union Park.
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Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Kelly Lee Owens performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Frances Quinlan of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Frances Quinlan of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Frances Quinlan of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Frances Quinlan of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Frances Quinlan of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Tyler Long of Hop Along performs on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Tyler Long of Hop Along performs on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Joe Reinhart of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Joe Reinhart of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Joe Reinhart of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Joe Reinhart of Hop Along performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Jason Balla of DEHD performs on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Jason Balla of DEHD performs on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday.
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Jason Balla of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Jason Balla of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Jason Balla of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Jason Balla of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Jason Balla of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Jason Balla of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Festival-goers check out art by local artists on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Festival-goers check out art by local artists on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
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Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

Emily Kempf of DEHD performs on day one of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Festival goers shop at a fair on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park.

Festival goers shop at a fair on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival in Union Park.
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A sign asks people to wear a mask when shopping at a fair on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival.

A sign asks people to wear a mask when shopping at a fair on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival.
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Masks are visible throughout the crowd as fans watch DEHD perform on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

Masks are visible throughout the crowd as fans watch DEHD perform on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
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Festival goers wait in line buy a t-shirt on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday in Union Park.

Festival goers wait in line buy a t-shirt on Day 1 of the Pitchfork Music Festival on Friday in Union Park.
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A festival-goer dances with hoops at Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.

A festival-goer dances with hoops at Pitchfork Music Festival, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021.
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