2012 Pitchfork Music Festival First Performers Announced

10:24 AM PST 02/28/2012 by Jason Lipshutz, Billboard
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Vampire Weekend at Bonnaroo in 2008

Vampire Weekend, Feist and Hot Chip are set for the annual three-day summer event in Chicago.

NEW YORK -- Vampire Weekend, Feist, Hot Chip and A$AP Rocky are among the first acts announced for the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival, which reveals its lineup bit-by-bit each year. The three-day indie music mecca will take place July 13-15 at Union Park in Chicago.

Indie rock mavericks Vampire Weekend issued their sophomore album, Contra, at the top of 2010, while Leslie Feist released her fourth studio effort, Metals, last October. Other notable artists on the first lineup reveal include Black Hippy rapper Kendrick Lamar, Canadian post-rockers Godspeed You! Black Emperor, art-pop chanteuse Grimes and hip-hop DJ AraabMUZIK.

Three-day passes for the festival, which cost $110, go on sale Friday, March 9.

2012 marks the seventh year for the Pitchfork Music Festival, which has always been held at Union Park. Last year's lineup featured Animal Collective, Fleet Foxes, TV on the Radio and Odd Future, among many other acts.

Here is the initial lineup to the 2012 Pitchfork Music Festival:

Vampire Weekend
Feist
Godspeed You! Black Emperor
Hot Chip
AraabMUZIK
A$AP Rocky
The Field
Liturgy
Kendrick Lamar
Grimes
Cloud Nothings
Tim Hecker
Willis Earl Beal

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