The eighth annual RIOT FEST--the music festival which celebrates rock, indie, punk and underground artists from every era--wrapped a successful run in its flagship home of Chicago drawing over 65,000 fans in its inaugural 3-day run this past weekend (September 14-16).
Expanding into an outdoor music event and carnival in Humboldt Park for the first time, RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL proved to be a triumphant and celebratory event featuring full-throttle performances from Rise Against, Iggy and The Stooges, Elvis Costello, The Offspring, Descendents, The Jesus And Mary Chain, NOFX, A Day To Remember, The Promise Ring, Dropkick Murphys, Alkaline Trio, The Gaslight Anthem, Chiodos, Awolnation, Built To Spill, Gogol Bordello, Neon Trees, Fishbone, GWAR, Hot Water Music, Slapstick, Andrew W.K., Cursive, Imagine Dragons, The Adicts, NoBunny, Of Mice & Men, Minus The Bear, Frank Turner, Coheed and Cambria, Less Than Jake, Japanther, A Wilhelm Scream, Screaming Females, The Henry Clay People, Fireworks and many more.
After stops in Brooklyn, Toronto and its Chicago homebase, RIOT FEST heads south to Dallas, TX for its final show of 2012 on Saturday, September 22 at Gexa Energy Pavilion. Artists featured on Saturday’s stop include: Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX, The Gaslight Anthem, Less Than Jake, Andrew WK, The Sword, Municipal Waste, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads, Messengers, The News Can Wait, Fever Dreamer, Mouth Of The South, The American Heist, Venomous Maximus and Not In The Face.
For up to date information regarding all RIOT FEST events, follow online at: www.riotfest.org
Chiodos at RIOT FEST. Photo Credit: Ashley Osbourn