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Riot Fest Pulled It Off In The End

I've been really in the weeds with work lately. Just completely buried in it. Call It Freelancer Syndrome: I just say yes to everything. Recently…
Michael Tedder | September 17, 2018 - 11:32 am

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At Riot Fest 2017, Jawbreaker Finally Became Rock Stars

It began the only way it could have begun. It began with "Boxcar."
Michael Tedder | September 18, 2017 - 3:33 pm

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Queens Of The Stone Age Balance Chaos And Professionalism At Riot Fest

About a decade and a half ago, MTV began taping live specials at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida, where I was born and…
Michael Tedder | September 17, 2017 - 1:08 pm

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Riot Fest Announces 2021 Initial Lineup

Riot Fest is skipping right over 2020 and already planning to return for 2021. The Chicago-based festival, which takes place in September every year, has…
James Rettig | June 16, 2020 - 4:18 pm

Die Antwoord No Longer Playing Festival After Video Of Alleged Homophobic Altercation Surfaces

Earlier this month, footage of an altercation involving Die Antwoord and Andy Butler of Hercules And Love Affair was uploaded to YouTube, Resident Advisor and…
Will Gottsegen / Spin | August 20, 2019 - 11:53 am

Riot Fest 2019 Lineup

The venerable Chicago punk gathering Riot Fest will celebrate its 15th year this September 13-15 at Douglas Park. As usual, they've put together an impressive…
Chris DeVille | May 29, 2019 - 11:00 am

Watch Beck Cover “Cars” With Gary Numan At Riot Fest

Last night, Beck headlined the second night of Riot Fest in Chicago. During his encore, he brought out Gary Numan to perform his late '70s…
James Rettig | September 16, 2018 - 9:48 am

Riot Fest Is Gonna Happen And Everything Will Be OK, Organizers Tell Weary Public

Fear not Chicago music fans. Despite a chorus of online chatter expressing serious trepidation about this year's Riot Fest in Chicago, organizers tell…
Dave Brooks / Billboard | September 6, 2018 - 1:51 pm

Riot Fest Announces Initial 2018 Lineup

The annual Chicago festival Riot Fest has just released its initial 2018 lineup. It includes Blondie, Father John Misty, Beck, the Voidz, Elvis Costello, Interpol,…
Julia Gray | May 30, 2018 - 9:00 pm

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Queens Of The Stone Age Balance Chaos And Professionalism At Riot Fest

About a decade and a half ago, MTV began taping live specials at the Hard Rock Live in Orlando, Florida, where I was born and…
Michael Tedder | September 17, 2017 - 1:08 pm

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Ministry, New Order Demonstrate Their Staying Power At Riot Fest 2017

Halfway through last night's typically intense headlining set at Riot Fest, Trent Reznor took a second to address the crowd. "It's an honor tonight to…
Michael Tedder | September 16, 2017 - 1:24 pm

Jawbreaker Reunite For Riot Fest

'90s punk greats Jawbreaker have been refusing to even discuss reuniting for years, to the point where it's become a running joke. (As in: There's…
Tom Breihan | April 19, 2017 - 10:16 am

Jello Biafra Turns Down Offer To Reunite With Dead Kennedys At Riot Fest

Last year, the organizers of Riot Fest pulled off the impossible, getting former Misfits bandmates and longtime adversaries Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only to reunite,…
Tom Breihan | February 20, 2017 - 9:32 am

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5 Memorable Sets From Riot Fest Chicago 2016 Sunday

No one does exit polls at the end of music festivals or anything, but it's hard to shake the feeling that for a lot of…
Michael Tedder | September 19, 2016 - 1:06 pm

6 Memorable Sets From Riot Fest Chicago 2016 Saturday

Before we get into highlights of day two of Riot Fest, one gripe.
Michael Tedder | September 18, 2016 - 3:22 pm

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5 Memorable Sets From Riot Fest Chicago 2016 Friday

My last Warped Tour was ten years ago this past summer, and even then I knew I was probably too old to be there. I…
Michael Tedder | September 17, 2016 - 2:30 pm
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