Pitchfork Music Festival Paris is the French capital's edition of the global music festival series.
Every November thousands of music fans gather en masse in the 19th arrondissement of a crispy and autumnal Paris, filling the palatial Grande Halle de la Villette for three nights. Though it used to be a massive abatorie, now it plays host to some of this city's biggest cultural events, and Pitchfork Music Festival Paris is no exception.
Over the years the festival has reflected the biggest names in indie (Bon Iver, The War On Drugs, The National etc.) and the scene's most inspiring new talent, as well as representing its own French identity with a picking of national treasures.
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North London MC, producer, DJ and runner of the 'Boy Better Know' grime label. As a rapper and MC, Skepta aims to make grime music for the masses!
A veteran of the U.K. grime scene, MC, producer, and record-label owner Skepta was influential in the genre's shift from the underground to the pop charts, as well as its creative and commercial resurgence during the mid-2010s. Born Joseph Junior Adenuga to Nigerian parents, Skepta moved to Tottenham with his family at the age of three. Inspired by both US and UK hip-hop, he started his music career appearing on the pirate radio circuit and performing at various MC battles.
In 2005, he formed the grime label Boy Better Know with brother J.M.E. and Wiley, and a year later joined East London collective Roll Deep, although he left the following year to concentrate on Boy Better Know and his solo career. See 5 tour dates featuring Skepta
Taking a cross section from 70s horror films, a fixation with ancient societies, and a love for percussive electronic music, Chromatics keep it minimal. The synthesizers handle the cosmic elements, the guitar takes care of the moodier edge, and the drums are stripped down to a dirty disco for dancing. See 5 tour dates featuring Chromatics
Belle & Sebastian
Scottish outfit who delight in keeping their profile low and their dedication to the music high. Their Nick Drake inspired acoustic pop has a beautiful subtle sound underpinned by a sharp lyrical and musical backbone. Tuneful pop has rarely been this fulfilling. See Belle & Sebastian tour dates
The performing moniker of singer/songwriter Charlotte Aitchison, Charli XCX straddles the most experimental and mainstream sides of pop with ease; she's just as comfortable working with cutting-edge producers like Ariel Rechtshaid and SOPHIE as she is touring with Taylor Swift and Katy Perry.
As a songwriter and collaborator, she helped create some of the biggest pop singles of the 2010s, including Icona Pop's 2012 smash I Love It and Iggy Azalea's 2014 chart-topping hit, Fancy.
As an artist in her own right, her work spanned the edgy sounds of her 2013 debut album, True Romance, to the more straightforward territory of 2014's follow-up Sucker, which featured the US Top 10 single, Boom Clap.
Her prolific output also includes a string of one-off singles and two mixtapes, while her third proper album, Charli, released September 2019, features collaborations with Lizzo and Christine And The Queens, amongst others. See 5 tour dates featuring Charli XCX
Electronic / hiphop artist, producer and multi instrumentalist. The name Mura Masa comes from infamous Japanese sword-smith Muramasa Sengo. Alex grew up on the island of Guernsey and spent a lot of his childhood jamming in local indie bands. For a while, he immersed himself in indie and rock music until, at the age of 15, he discovered electronic music via Hudson Mohawke's experimental track Thunder Bay.
Soon after that, he stumbled across James Blake, which made him realise the endless possibilities in music production. More internet research ensued and he came across other musicians like SBTRKT, Cashmere Cat and Flying Lotus, who all helped to shape his idiosyncratic mix of sounds. See 2 tour dates featuring mura masa
This Brooklyn five-piece makes dreamy, ambient pop. A true melting pot of a band, Barrie were formed in New York City but have roots in places as diverse as Baltimore, London and Sao Paolo. See 5 tour dates featuring Barrie
Ezra Collective is the award winning London based band born out of Tomorrows Warriors UK organisation for jazz music. The unique blend of young instrumentalists with differing influences means Ezra Collective has a unique sound which is a collection of their inspirations in music. This includes influences ranging from afrobeat, reggae, jazz and hip hop, fused together with a London touch to create the Ezra Collective sound. See 9 tour dates featuring Ezra Collective
British Nigerian artist, rapper and songwriter Flohio (AKA Funmi Ohiosumah) is tearing up UK rap’s template. Building on the foundations of grime and UK hip hop, Flohio’s sound pulls in references that span electronic music. Flohio delivers swift, punchy flow over a huge beat. See 3 tour dates featuring Flohio
One of producer and singer/songwriter Roberto Carlos Lange's numerous monikers, Helado Negro's evocative ambient pop songs honor his Ecuadorian heritage and the diverse sounds he heard while growing up in Florida.
On early albums such as 2009's Awe Owe, Lange's blend of folk, jazz, electronic, and Latin elements felt like a natural evolution from his collaborations with Prefuse 73 and Savath & Savalas.
As time went on, Helado Negro's tone poems grew increasingly focused and eloquent. Lange delved into childhood memories on 2014's Double Youth and earned a wider audience with 2016's Private Energy, thanks in part to the singles Young, Latin and Proud and It's My Brown Skin. On 2019's This Is How You Smile, he reflected on the complex relationship between immigrant parents and their children in poetic and timely ways. See 3 tour dates featuring Helado Negro
Born and raised on the Southside of Chicago, Jamila Woods grew up in a family of music lovers. It took a surprise poetry class with a high school arts program for Jamila to finally find her metaphorical and literal voice. 'Through poetry, I realised you are the expert of your own experience,' she says. Her poetry studies continued in college and in her professional career with Young Chicago Authors.
Music, like poetry, is personal. 'It became a way to stop hiding, to actually be the most honest with myself through writing,' she says. 'It helps me check in with myself.' And that honesty translated to HEAVN, an album she describes as a collection of, 'nontraditional love songs pushing the idea of what makes a love song'. You’ll find the bits and pieces of her past and present that make Jamila: family, the city of Chicago, self-care, and the black women she calls friends.
Jamila is an artist of substance creating music crafted with a sturdy foundation of her passions and influences. True and pure in its construction and execution, her music is the best representation of Jamila herself: strong in her roots, confident in her ideas, and attuned to the people, places and things shaping her world. See 6 tour dates featuring Jamila Woods
After a collection of demos and early studio recordings earned her a small, dedicated audience, Jesica Pratt moved from San Francisco to Los Angeles and recorded her first intentional album in her bedroom in a matter of months. That album, On Your Own Love Again (Drag City, 2015), would bring her around the world many times, leading many to fall under the spell of Jessica Pratt the performer, the songwriter, the singer with the heavy-lidded voice that feels alien and familiar at the same time. See Jessica Pratt tour dates
A soulful indie solo artist from London. At the age of 13 she was inspired to pick up a guitar by her Irish / Bajan / Turkish parents who are both artists, and took her influences from bands including The Stoke and The Libertines. See 4 tour dates featuring Nilufer Yanya
Combining the lulling ambiance of shoegaze with the iconic melodies and vocal prowess of classic American country music, outlaw cowboy, Orville Peck croons about love and loss from the badlands of North America. The resulting sound is one entirely his own - taking the listener down dusty rose-colored desert highways; through a world where worn out gamblers, road-dogs, and lovesick hustlers drift in and out of his masked gaze. See 6 tour dates featuring Orville Peck
Northampton-bred wordsmith Slowthai has built his name over the past few years with relentless flows, aggressive tones and witty wordplay. His energy is elevated during his live shows, giving the audience an up close and personal experience with an infectious mood, either leaving the audience raging with excitement or simply shocked at how one man can radiate so much confidence and energy in any circumstance or crowd. See 19 tour dates featuring Slowthai
Multi-instrumentalist Natalie Mering cut her teeth in the world of noise and experimental rock, playing bass in Portland-based freak rock collective Jackie-O Motherfucker for a time before venturing out solo around 2006. Originally billing herself as Weyes Bluhd, Mering's earliest releases arrived in the form of limited-edition cassettes, a great testing ground for her darkly folky songs that twisted around noisy, electronic undercurrents. See 4 tour dates featuring Weyes Blood
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