From September 14th to the 16th, Chicago will once again host Riot Fest, a punk music festival that originated in our fair city eight years ago and has since expanded to Philadelphia, Toronto, Dallas, and Brooklyn. As the flagship location, Chicago’s lineup reigns supreme in quantity and quality, showcasing a wide range of artists that satisfy the musical appetite of at least three generations of fans with varying levels of punk credibility and taste. This is what makes Riot Fest different from, say, Warped Tour.
Not only do you have the opportunity to bow at the altar of the influential (Iggy & the Stooges, Elvis Costello, etc) but this festival offers a smorgasbord of artists that cover the full spectrum of the term “punk”. From the troubadour folk of Frank Turner to the fist-raising anthems of Dropkick Murphy’s; the party-‘til-you-puke fun-mongering of Andrew W.K. to the shock-and-awe campaign waged by GWAR; fans will have the chance to spend three days doing a case study on a highly fragmented genre that is united by one thing, attitude.
This year the festival moved the dates up a few weeks, potentially to accommodate the biggest change from last year—2012 finds the traditionally indoor fest trading the stuffiness of a venue (with the exception of Friday night’s opening ceremony at Congress Theater) for an outdoor carnival setting in Humboldt Park. The doors open Friday at 8 pm at the Congress and Saturday / Sunday at 11:30 am in the park.
Check out the lineup by day:
Friday, September 14, 2012:
The Offspring, Neon Trees, Pegboy, Dead Sara
Saturday, September 15, 2012
Rise Against, Coheed and Cambria, Descendents, Dropkick Murphys, Slapstick, The Gaslight Anthem, Andrew W.K., Hot Water Music, Minus The Bear, Less Than Jake, August Burns Red, GWAR, Frank Turner, The Adicts, Nobunny, A Wilhelm Scream, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads, Deals Gone Bad, Larry and His Flask, The Story So Far, Fireworks, Environmental Encroachment and more to be announced.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Iggy and the Stooges, Elvis Costello, A Day to Remember, Gogol Bordello, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, The Jesus and Mary Chain, AWOLNATION, The Promise Ring, Chiodos, Built to Spill, Imagine Dragons, Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, Screaming Females, White Mystery, The Henry Clay People, Sister Crayon, Japanther, Environmental Encroachment, The Infected and more to be announced.
PopMatters will be on the scene and in the mosh pit for full coverage of the event, so stay tuned for a full report.
Two day passes are still available.