Riot Fest

Riot Fest 2013 Day 2 Recap
If opening day of Riot Fest Chicago was all about originators -- Joan Jett, Danzig, Bad Religion -- Saturday (Sept. 14) showcased agitators and innovators, artists behind bastard sub-genres and styles difficult to peg. The theme extended from noontime openers Mephiskapheles to main attractions Ranci…
Riot Fest 2013 Day 1 Recap
Some festivals are all about what's new. Not Riot Fest. At stop No. 2 of the 2013 traveling punk weekender, which kicked off yesterday (Sept. 13) in Chicago's Humboldt Park, there were no 22-year-old techno wizards hunched over laptops, double-clicking up twitchy variants of house music. The only pe…
10 Reasons Riot Fest Chicago Is Gonna Rule
Riot Fest Chicago is less than a week away, and the second of the festival's three weekend-long stops promises to be one of the year's finest rock 'n' roll outings. As in Toronto last month, the big story is the Replacements, but their return to the stage after more than two decades is just one reas…
More Riotous
Riot Fest organizers have added a number of top-name acts to this year’s initial lineup, among them Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Suicidal Tendencies, Andrew W.K., T.S.O.L. and the Pixies.
Replacements Reuniting!
The Replacements will reunite for Riot Fest shows in Toronto (Aug. 24-25), Chicago (Sept. 13-15) and Denver (Sept. 21-22), according to a press release that's sure to have fans of the legendary Minneapolis punk band scrambling to make summer travel plans. The group hasn't performed live in 22 years,…
Riot Fest
Back for its ninth annual run, the Riot Fest & Carnival makes a return to Chicago’s Humboldt Park from Sept. 13-15. This year’s three-day bash boasts sets by the likes of Fall Out Boy, Blink-182 and Violent Femmes, plus a wealth of rides and other fun attracti…