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UPDATE: Pitchfork Music Festival Gates Reopen After Evacuation

Pitchfork attendees evacuate festival grounds Saturday, July 20.

After being evacuated around 4:55 p.m. due to severe weather, gates for the second day of Pitchfork Music Festival reopen around 6:20 p.m. The schedule will continue as planned.

Artists Kurt Vile and Amber Mark were supposed to perform during the time of the evacuation but after gates reopened, they were not rescheduled. Stereolab, Freddie Gibbs, Belle & Sebastian, Jeremih and The Isley Brothers are still able to perform during their originally planned set times after the reopening.

Festival organizers had interrupted artists’ sets to announce the evacuation and asked everyone to safety leave Union Park, the park on Chicago’s West Side where the three-day indie music festival is taking place. 

“Due to dangerous weather conditions, Pitchfork Fest is evacuating,” festival organizers wrote on Facebook. “Please calmly and quickly leave the festival grounds and find shelter.”

Dream pop artist Jay Som and indie punk-rock group Parquet Courts were in the middle of performances when the announcement was made. Attendees were urged to seek shelter at one of the businesses on Randolph Street.

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