Riot Fest is back and holy shit they’ve got a great lineup. The Chicago edition will feature headliners Nine Inch Nails (Friday), Queens of the Stone Age (Saturday), Jawbreaker (Sunday). And if you are wondering who Jawbreaker is, we can help. The three piece from New York were considered leaders in the emo punk movement of the late 80’s and early 90’s, They made it a decade before breaking up and are highly sited by bands like Fall Out Boy, Bayside and Face to Face. This will be their first time on stage in over 20 years.
The full list of initial acts includes Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Jawbreaker, New Order, Paramore, Prophets of Rage, M.I.A., Wu-Tang Clan, Mike D (DJ Set), A Day To Remember, Gogol Bordello, Taking Back Sunday, Vic Mensa, Dirty Heads, TV on the Radio, Ministry, Dinosaur Jr., New Found Glory, FIDLAR, Bad Brains, Death From Above 1979, Action Bronson, Pennywise, Built to Spill, X, Peaches, The Lawrence Arms, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Orwells, Bayside, Say Anything, Mayday Parade, Streetlight Manifesto, Dead Cross, Minus the Bear, The Menzingers, LIARS, GWAR, Buzzcocks, GBH, Real Friends, Hot Water Music, Shabazz Palaces, Andrew W.K., Fishbone, The Story So Far, State Champs, Four Year Strong, Beach Slang, The Cribs, that dog., Knuckle Puck, Chon, Slaves, The Hotelier, The Flatliners, Dessa, Saul Williams, Engine 88, Nothing More, Alice Bag, Tobacco, Sleep On It, Downtown Boys, The Smith Street Band, The Regrettes, HDBeenDope, Gazebos, Kitten Forever, Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue, Ramones T-Shirt, Meat Is Burger, Ughh My Kids Are Here, The Port-A-Parties, plus 25+ bands to be announced…
Thursday, April 20 will bring the announcement of which artist will perform full album shows.
As Consequence of Sound notes, “the inclusion of Bad Brains, which marks the band’s first announced performance since it was revealed that frontman HR needed brain surgery.”
Riot Fest will take place on September 15-17 at Douglas Park in Chicago. TICKETS ON SALE AT NOON CDT.
And one more amusing note from Riot Fest: