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Riot Fest Announces 10th Anniversary Chicago Lineup

By Tankboy in Arts & Entertainment on May 14, 2014 12:45AM

An excited Riot Fest fan.

Had you asked me ten years ago if Riot Fest would grow into my favorite Chicago festival I'm sure my response would have been a blank look of disbelief. Look, I like the punk rock, and I'm old enough to realize just how broadly the phrase "punk rock" should be stretched before you start passing judgement on someone.*

But here we are ten years later and it has grown into my favorite Chicago festival. There are lots of reasons behind this, but I think the biggest one is how proud I am that a truly independent and still DIY organization would build something this big out of love for music and the neighborhood they live in (because I do think those things are intertwined).

This is no small feat, especially since Riot Fest remains in the control of a small crew of true music lovers and hasn't fallen under the sway of popular opinion or demand of return against the bottom dollar. Now that is punk rock.

With the announcement of the 10th anniversary bill taking place in Chicago's Humboldt Park Sept. 12-14, the little festival that could has turned into the big 'ol festival that does. What other festival mixes The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Cheap Trick, The Wu Tang Clan and ?????? (still more to come?!) as headliners while providing an undercard including Afghan Whigs, Superchunk, Naked Raygun, Patti Smith, Pussy Riot, 7 Seconds, The Dandy Warhols, and so many other bands it is ridiculous. Holy mackerel.

Riot Fest wins the Chicago festival line-up for the summer of 2014. Seriously. Hell, they even have the Mighty Might Bosstones! Who knew they were even still together? And I can't wait to see them? Because, with this line up, I'm 17 again!

Oh wait, and what? The Pizza Underground? Is there anyone Riot Fest CAN'T get to play for them? Probably not at this point.

Check in tomorrow for our interview with Riot Fest founder Mike Petryshyn a.k.a. Riot Mike about the history of Riot Fest, its move to Humboldt Park, and who he's most looking forward to on this year's bill.

Get your tickets NOW.


Ready for the full line-up? Here you go.


Looking to cut and paste? Here it is again.

The Cure * Jane's Addiction * The National * Rise Against * Weezer
The Flaming Lips * Social Distortion * Slayer * The Offspring * Wu-Tang Clan
Descendents * Tegan and Sara * Metric * Samhain * Cheap Trick * ????
Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina) * Patti Smith
Taking Back Sunday * Die Antwoord * City and Colour * Paul Weller * The Used
Bring Me The Horizon * ???? * NOFX * Dropkick Murphys * Gogol Bordello
Of Mice & Men * Mastodon *The Afghan Whigs * Naked Raygun * Cock Sparrer
Dashboard Confessional * Superchunk * Billy Bragg * Blue Meanies * Lucero
New Found Glory * Saosin w/ Anthony Green * ???? * Mighty Mighty Bosstones
The Murder City Devils * Mudhoney * Failure * Hot Snakes * The Dandy Warhols
Thurston Moore * Circa Survive * The Get Up Kids * Motion City Soundtrack
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes * Streetlight Manifesto * Clutch * GWAR
Buzzcocks * Andrew W.K. * Bouncing Souls * Stiff Little Fingers * Face to Face
Kurt Vile & The Violators * Marky Ramone w/ the Bouncing Souls * Wavves
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears * We Came As Romans * Senses Fail
The Orwells * ALL * Mineral * Title Fight * La Dispute * RX Bandits
Samiam * 7 Seconds * Anti-Flag * The Menzingers * The Front Bottoms
Silverstein * Emarosa * Citizen * The World is a Beautiful Place... * Bad Suns
The Pizza Underground * The Hotelier * Nostalghia * In The Valley Below
Radkey * Pianos Become The Teeth * Modern Baseball * I Am the Avalanche
Skaters * Laura Stevenson * Cerebral Ballzy * Red City Radio * PUP * Dads
Show You Suck * The Unlikely Candidates * Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
My Gold Mask * The Bots * Broncho * The American Scene
Baby Baby * Restorations *Wounds * Plague Vendor * Team Spirit * Somos
Rose’s Pawn Shop * Chumped *Archie Powell & The Exports * Ex Friends
UR Lineup Sux Bro * Ughhh, My Parents Are Here & more to be announced!!

Riot Fest is in Humboldt Park from Sept. 12-14 and tickets are on sale now.

*The TRULY punk rock NEVER pass judgement; not based on a band's "sound" anyway.