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Posted at 10:49 AM ET, 07/05/2011

Pitchfork music festival heads to Paris with indie-folk darling Bon Iver


Bon Iver’s founder Justin Vernon. The band’s name is derived from the French phrase bon hiver, meaning “good winter.” The band’s first album was recorded mostly while Vernon spent three winter months in a remote cabin in Wisconsin. (Drew Kaiser)
Pitchfork Music Festival, the summertime go-to concert for hipster indie-rock fans, is expanding to Paris in October. And who better to headline the festival than the band Bon Iver, the darling of the indie folk world who carries a name inspired from French?

Pitchfork is so much bigger than its summer festival, with its ever-expanding music criticism and commentary Web site of the same name, its increasing role in making or breaking artists like indie-rock band Arcade Fire, and its growing collaborations with festivals abroad, including Barcelona’s Primavera Sound Festival and the U.K.’s All Tomorrow's Parties.

But this year, Pitchfork is going international all on its own, and it has chosen Bon Iver to headline its two-day Pitchfork Music Festival Paris, which promises the 5,000 fans who will attend some 20 bands, a multitude of DJs, and several acts hand-picked by Bon Iver frontman Justin Vernon.

Already confirmed bands include Jens Lekman, Wild Beasts, Cut Copy, Kathleen Edwards, and Pantha du Prince. In true Pitchfork style, the full lineup will be released after anticipation ratchets up a bit.

The festival is slated for Oct. 28-29 at La Grande Halle de la Villette, in the center of Paris’s cultural park Parc de la Villette.

While you’re counting down the days breathlessly until October, watch the music video for Bon Iver’s new song, Calgary, which Pitchfork calls “the song's equally opaque visual companion ... just about everything is up for wild interpretation.”

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