Sit back, relax, crack open a cold one and plan out your Riot Fest weekend! Riot Fest has unveiled its daily schedules alongside a new beer courtesy of Goose Island Brewing: Riot Fest Sucks Pale Ale. This tasty beverage features a never-before-seen label design that pulls out to show each day’s hourly schedule, filled with each band’s respective set time and stage assignment.
Riot Fest Sucks Pale Ale is a light amber-colored American Pale Ale that has a crisp, balanced hop aroma, citrus flavor, and notes of lightly toasted malt—a perfect beer for a mediocre festival! The beer will be available for sale in limited quantities at the festival.
Friday’s headliners Blink-182 (performing Enema of the State), The Flaming Lips (performing Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots) and Jawbreaker will be joined by Rancid, Violent Femmes, Descendents and more; Saturday will be helmed by Slayer (playing their final Chicago & Milwaukee area show), Rise Against, and Bloc Party (performing Silent Alarm), joined by Wu-Tang Clan, Manchester Orchestra, The Story So Far and many more; Sunday’s headliners include the recently reunited Bikini Kill, The Raconteurs (their first Chicago show in 11 years), Ween (performing The Mollusk), Patti Smith and her band, and Taking Back Sunday (performing Tell All Your Friends + Louder Now)—leading a slew of killer bands to close out the fest.
Like a lot of good music, Riot Fest began in a basement, when a rabid fan wanted to
connect his favorite bands with like-minded music lovers in Chicago. Fifteen years and
1,500+ bands later, Riot Fest returns to Douglas Park with a stacked array of bands to
score the festivities—featuring many friends of Riot Fest returning to pay tribute to the
festival and its loyal fans, alongside iconic and emerging artists who reflect the broad
musical tastes the festival is known for. Founder Riot Mike is credited with helping to reunite iconic bands like Naked Raygun, the Replacements, the Misfits, and Jawbreaker, among other reunions—a staple feature of Riot Fest, alongside the full album performances, freak shows, carnival rides, and occasional butter sculptures.
Full Album Performances:
Against Me! – Reinventing Axl Rose + Transgender Dysphoria Blues
Avail – Over The James
Blink-182 – Enema of the State (20th Anniversary)
Bloc Party – Silent Alarm (15th Anniversary)
Dashboard Confessional – The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most
The Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots
Glassjaw – Worship and Tribute
The Selecter – Too Much Pressure
Senses Fail – From the Depths of Dreams + Let It Enfold
Taking Back Sunday – Tell All Your Friends + Louder Now
Ween – The Mollusk
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 13
BLINK-182 | THE FLAMING LIPS | JAWBREAKER I RANCID | VIOLENT FEMMES | DESCENDENTS | DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL I PENNYWISE | COCK SPARRER | NECK DEEP | HOT SNAKES | LUCERO | SENSES FAIL I GLASSJAW | THE GET UP KIDS | HOT WATER MUSIC | ANTI-FLAG | H20 | HOT MULLIGAN | I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME | CAROLINE ROSE | MAT KEREKES | ANGEL DU$T I THE GARDEN | PKEW PKEW PKEW | NO PARENTS | THIN LIPS | YOURS TRULY | CAN’T SWIM
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 14
SLAYER (FINAL CHICAGO & MILWAUKEE SHOW) | RISE AGAINST | BLOC PARTY
| WU-TANG CLAN | MANCHESTER ORCHESTRA | THE STORY SO FAR | AVAIL I THE STRUTS | PVRIS | ANTHRAX | TESTAMENT | ANDREW W.K. | GWAR | TURNOVER I SENSES FAIL | THE SELECTER | THE DAMNED THINGS | GRANDSON | TURNSTILE I SURFER BLOOD | CURSIVE | THE HU | PROF | CHERRY GLAZERR | MASKED INTRUDER | DRAKULAS I MICROWAVE | LANDO CHILL | CLEOPATRICK | ELDER BROTHER | MONARCHY OVER MONDAY
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 15
BIKINI KILL | THE RACONTEURS | WEEN
PATTI SMITH AND HER BAND | TAKING BACK SUNDAY | THE B-52S | AGAINST ME!
THE STARTING LINE | STREETLIGHT MANIFESTO | BOB MOULD | AMERICAN FOOTBALL I VILLAGE PEOPLE | RIDE | GUIDED BY VOICES | LESS THAN JAKE | NICK LOWE WITH LOS STRAITJACKETS I FRANK IERO AND THE FUTURE VIOLENTS | SAVE FERRIS | THE ERGS! | WHITE REAPER | TEENAGE BOTTLEROCKET I DAVE HAUSE AND THE MERMAID| THIS WILD LIFE | DEAD SWORDS | THE BEACHES | SINCERE ENGINEER I SKATING POLLY | ULTRA Q | KALI MASI | GANSER | RAMONA