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It’s entering its fourth edition this year, and boy oh boy does the line-up sound finger-licking awesome. We’re proud to submit here the essential guide to the artists showing up this year as well as some very practical information you might need to make your journey / stay here in my neck of the woods THAT much easier in terms of transportation, accommodation and general information on what is going on around the venue and in the beautiful neighbourhood of mine : The 19th arrondissement of the City Of Lights. Paris that is.


So the Fourth installment of Pitchfork Music Festival is taking place over three days with some of the most upcoming, great and generally awesomest acts to hits the interwebs, airwaves and to have rocked the global music scene this year and past. With emphasis on acts that have not had the chance to play at the American edition of Pitchfork Music Festival in recent years to keep things fresh and tasty for us Europeans.

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<strong>Opening Party</strong><strong>Day One</strong><strong>Day Two</strong><strong>Day Three</strong>

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3-Day Pass Day 1 Day 2 Day 3  Tickets + Hotel

The festival is a brilliant indoor venue, not to mention HUGE and people who have attended before will tell you that it’s one of the best festivals around because it is still pretty much human sized, it’s not mammoth like a Glastonbury and above all it is indoors. In November : it better be. And usually sees one of the best line-up around if you are looking for something a little more progressive, avant-garde, upcoming than any other festival holding place out there. The venue itself is great, sound, lights and scenography is top notch. Not to mention it takes place inside a big park in my neighbourhood. in the cosmopolitan center of Paris. The French capital :

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Le Bastringue is my personal favorite joint for cheap drinks, quick, lovely food served with a smile and that authentic-without-being-overly-Over-The-Top Parisian feel. Located just along the canal from the Grande Halle de la Villette (where the festival takes place) this ‘Bistrot’ ranks highly in my local dives if not on the top spot… It’s also very close to the St-Christopher Inn youth hostel if you want an better alternative to the downstairs bar (Belushi’s). See on Google maps / Facebook
Le Perchoir follows on my must-do list of bars this year. Weather permitting, the rooftop terrace located in the 11th arrondissement of Paris offers great panoramic views with great shots to be taken of Sacré-Coeur, Montmartre, Père Lachaise cemetery and sprawling typical Parisian skyline and endless roof sights. Go there for real nice cocktails and generally good food. Expect to queue to get up there after 5.30pm. The place fills up fast. See on Google maps / Facebook
Le Motel, besides being a great tiny concert venue with an on par line-up offers a brilliant ‘Aperitif’ type watering hole for early evening unwind before you hit the venue for more shenanigans. Cheap wines by the glass, as well as cocktails, Le Motel offers a large selection of snacks too. Enjoy the company of your travel companion, or a festival soul you’ve managed to pick up the previous day with great music always on the soundsystem. See on Google maps / Facebook
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St Christopher’s Inn Paris is a purpose built hostel – opened in 2008. This Paris hostel is only two stops away from the Gare du Nord Eurostar station on the Paris Metro and it’s super close to Montmartre. We are proud to be one of the most modern Backpacker Hostels in Paris with the best tours, packages and facilities for the most clued up travellers in the city. See website.
The Loft boutique hostel is located in Belleville, a vibrant Parisian neighborhood full of funky bars, restaurants and clubs. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is ready to welcome and help you have THE TIME OF YOUR LIFE!  See website.
For those with deeper pockets and wanting to indulge over 3 days go for Mama Shelter. Created by the Trigano family and French philosopher Cyril Aouizerate, MAMA SHELTER was designed by Philippe Starck to offer an eclectic and electric ambiance thanks to its friendly, warm and casual common areas. See website.

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Jump on Line 5 of the underground and get off at “Porte de Pantin – Parc de la Villette” you will exit and immediately see where you’ll be heading. Aim towards the huge metal structure behind the fountain with lions guarding the park entrance. Once you enter the festival grounds, you will not be able to exit for amenities. Bringing in food and drinks is not permitted. You will be able to purchase festival tokens to then buy bevvies, and munchies. But you’ve been warned, it can get pricey !

Most sights in Paris are within a half-hour tube ride. The network is very easy to get around and runs every 3/5 minutes at all hours of the day. Metro/underground runs from 5.40 am to 12.30 / 1am every day of the week and extend to 2am on weekends. Getting around IS easy. Choose your destination on the map, workout the best way to get there with a combination of changes, lines, and aim for a direction on each line (usually the end stop or terminus) , get off at your desired location/station. Dodge any Parisians on your way.

Paris Metro Tube Map - sodwee.com

Velib’ or bike-sharing IS THE WAY FORWARD. Get yourself kitted out with a weekly pass and ride as much as you want around Paris for free if you keep your journeys under a half-hour (30 minutes). You can also walk around the city for free.

Taxis are a rip off unless you’ve missed your last metro. Avoid at all times.

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  1. Hi there
    I’ll be in Paris for the Pitchfork festival this year – this guide is so helpful! As I’ll be on my own I wondered if you knew of any forums or places I could get in touch with other people heading to the fest in advance? I know how friendly Parisians can be… 🙂

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