Riot Fest Nabs No Doubt, Snoop Dogg, Faith No More And Iggy Pop For 2015 Lineup
By Selena Fragassi in Arts & Entertainment on May 27, 2015 10:26PM
Hear that noise? It’s Riot Fest coming in loud and clear with another big announcement. Last week we got a confirmed location and this week, we have a lineup! And it’s a beauty with a mix of headliners from No Doubt to Modest Mouse, Rancid and Motorhead, Iggy Pop and Billy Idol, Snoop Dogg and Ice Cube and Faith No More who we got tipped off about after Mike Patton spilled the beans at the band’s show in May. Plus, a helluva lot of other talent to round out the mix.
Following much heated discourse over the fate of the annual three-day punk and rock festival (September 11-13), which prompted organizers to move it from Humboldt Park to Douglas Park on the West Side, Riot Fest is poised to be back in the news with this release. Though this time it’s for far more relevant reasons that recall why it was recently named by USA Today as the #1 festival in the country.
Not only does Riot Fest always have a stand-out eclectic mix of talent on the bill every year (see the full list below), but it also features the just-as-entertaining “and carnival” part with rides and games, local food stands and a tangible community that not only stands behind its music but also its message.
Last year, on its 10th anniversary, founder Mike Petryshyn introduced the Riot Fest Speaks Stage that puts artists in conversation and also welcomed the creation of the Riot Fest Foundation that gives back to the local communities it helps to support. That will no doubt be the case as Riot moves to Douglas Park and begins anew in its second decade of life. And if this lineup is any indication, it’s ready to again turn the tide.
Other notables on the bill include Jack Black's band Tenacious D, three Marleys (Damian “Jr. Gong”, Stephen “Ragga” and Skip), Chicago punks Alkaline Trio and The Lawrence Arms and further local talent from White Mystery and Psalm One, a strong hip-hop presence from Doomtree and Cypress Hill to round out the two headliners, more '80s greats like Echo & The Bunnymen, newbies like Benjamin Booker and The Joy Formidable and the return of bands like Andrew W.K., GWAR, Against Me! and Less Than Jake.
There's also a riot grrrl component with huge reunion tours from L7 and Babes In Toyland landing on the bill. Other special reunions come courtesy of Drive Like Jehu, Alexisonfire, Thrice, The Academy Is , Mest and The Movielife, all of which shows Riot Fest’s continuing diversification and connection to its humble roots as an independent, DIY, for-the-fans operation. Seriously, where else could you find Merle Haggard and Mustard Plug on the same bill?
Several of the artists have also announced they'll be playing their seminal albums in full including Snoop Dogg's Doggystyle, Ice Cube's Straight Outta Compton, and Rancid's ...And Out Come The Wolves.
Also new this year is a stage for The Rock-afire Explosion, aka the animatronic rock band that was a hallmark of ShowBiz Pizza Place restaurants in the '80s. Still no John Stamos though.
Here’s the full lineup:
No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Motörhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube & Guests, Alkaline Trio, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Flogging Molly, Slightly Stoopid, L7, Alexisonfire, Thrice, The Dirty Heads, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, The Academy Is , The Lawrence Arms, Kongos, Cypress Hill, Echo & The Bunnymen, Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band, The Devil Wears Prada, Yelawolf, Pennywise, The Airborne Toxic Event, Manchester Orchestra, Eagles Of Death Metal, Anthrax, De La Soul, The Damned, Andrew McMahon, In The Wilderness, New Politics, Mayday Parade, Jimmy Cliff, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, OK Go, Bayside, Mest, Andrew W.K., Desaparecidos, The Joy Formidable, The Dead Milkmen, FIDLAR, Atreyu, Millencolin, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Lee Scratch Perry, GWAR, Less Than Jake, The Expendables, Living Colour, The Thurston Moore Band, Morgan Heritrage, Lifetime, Benjamin Booker, Fishbone, Death, Doomtree, Hum, Tarrus Riley, Mariachi El Bronx, Civ, Joyce Manor, Every Time I Die, The Movielife, The Dwarves, Tommy Stinson, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Real Friends, The Dear Hunter, Kevin Devine, Mustard Plug, The Ataris, Jo Mersa, Into It. Over It., Alvvays, The White Buffalo, Black-Am-I, Skip Marley, Knuckle Puck, Post Malone with FKI, Jazz Cartier, Chef’Special, Marmozets, Modern Life Is War, Fit For Rivals, Barb Wire Dolls, The Coathangers, Flatfoot 56, Teenage Bottlerocket, Prayers, Chon, Counterpunch, Have Mercy, Speedy Ortiz, Superheaven, White Mystery, Foxing, Direct Hit!, Main Attrakionz, Ground Up, Skinny Lister, Beach Slang, Cayetana, Alex Wiley, Heems, Dirty Fences, Blis, Sleep On It, The Brokedowns, Meat Wave, Psalm One, Northern Faces, Dreamers, Souvenirs, Elway, Indian Handcrafts, Skating Polly, Signals Midwest, Modern Chemistry, Faulkner, Pears, Gateway Drugs, Tasha The Amazon, Foxtrott, Twin River, Clowns, Indian School, Die Selloutz, The Municipal Drainage Project & More To Be Announced!!
Riot Fest is in Douglas Park September 11-13 and tickets are on sale now.