It’s going to be legend… wait for it … dary!

Neckdeep at “Riot Fest” 2016 | photo via Flickr

Check out all the fun had at 2016’s Riot Festival. The Fest is notorious for being totally far-out and having literally the coolest looking retro-inspired posters, like this one from 2014’s festival:

Let’s take a look at what the Fest is all about, and what you can expect from this year’s event.

All about the Riot Festival


The Fest was born in 2005. Riot Fest had their very first weekend of punk and rock in Chicago with bands such as Dead Kennedys, The Misfits, and The Bouncing Souls – just to kick things off! It was a multi-venue event and was absolutely stellar – at least from the sounds of it!

In 2012, the Fest decided to venture outside rather than continue to be contained within the walls of a venue – Humboldt Park in Chicago, to be exact. Even other cities! They started to add carnival rides, Lucha Libre, porta potties – you know, all that exciting stuff!

Additionally, the event is generally family friendly – aside from the burlesque dancers, of course! So bring the kids!


Riot Fest is notorious for bringing together “long lost band mates” and making it possible for fans to see some of their favorite bands performing live once again. 2016 brought together the Misfits, so they aren’t joking around!

Catch Jawbreaker reuniting after 21 years at this year’s Riot Fest!

“Carnival for Punks”

The Fest has earned the title of a “carnival for punks,” something that should intrigue even those who steer clear from the punk scene. From totally Rock ‘n’ Roll reunions to fried foods and carnival games, to dreadlocks and offensive shirts, what more could one ask for? Riot Fest allows you to get in touch with your childhood while embracing your punk lifestyle!

Read more on this “carnival for punks” here.

2017 Lineup

This year’s headlining artists include Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age, Jawbreaker, Paramore, MIA, and many others. Check out the full line up below:

Riot Fest 2017 | It’s going to be wicked!
Riot Fest 2017 | It’s going to be wicked!

2017 will mark Riot Fest’s thirteenth anniversary. It’s going to be an absolutely spectacular festival, full of fun and nothing but awesome, so go get some tickets and enjoy life for a few days!




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