In case you missed the big news, the Chicago-based Riot Fest (And carnival!) announced its first wave of bands recently. An absolutely massive punk, rock, and alternative lineup will descend upon Humboldt Park the weekend of September 13-15. Blink-182 and Fall Out Boy are headlining, along with what can only be described as a smorgasbord of awesomeness.
(Deep breath now)… Violent Femmes, Motörhead, Rancid, AFI, Sublime with Rome, Blondie, Public Enemy, Brand New, FLAG, Guided by Voices, All Time Low, Pierce the Veil, Taking Back Sunday, Rocket from the Crypt, Bad Religion, Atmosphere, The Dismemberment Plan, Dinosaur Jr., X, DeVotchKa, Yellowcard, Screeching Weasel, Pennywise, with more to come!
2012 saw Riot Fest expand to other cities, including Toronto. The city with the crack-smoking mayor is back on the docket again this year, and will actually take place before Chicago – August 24th & 25th to be exact. No acts are known yet, nor if Fort York: Garrison Common will host again. Denver is joining the party too, with its dates being September 21st & 22nd. Riot Fest’s Facebook page has a pretty cool contest going on where you can win VIP tickets, round-trip airfire, and a pile of other goodies to all three events!