The name itself sounds like something that most of us might not enjoy or want to take part in, but Riot Fest is a newly formed festival (if since 2005 can be called newly formed) in the Chicago area.
The festival usually contains a very diverse lineup consisting of reunions, one-offs, special guest appearances and popular punk mainstays.
It is known for reuniting bands such as Naked Raygun, WAX, Blue Meanies, Articles of Faith and Plow United.
Previous headliners include Social Distortion, Weezer, Alkaline Trio, NOFX, Bad Brains, The Lawrence Arms, Descendents, Murder City Devils, The Dead Milkmen, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Leftöver Crack and Screeching Weasel, and more.
Having a newly expanded fest to span over three days with the first being at the Congress Theater, it also expanded to other states/cities like Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Toronto, and Dallas.
Never having gone before I tripped over the lineup earlier this spring and was amazed at the amount of solid acts scheduled at such a low cost.
Also the fact that it's in Humboldt Park, a place I'd never expect to see a festival at, it creates a new atmosphere and background for those that always attend Lollapalooza or Pitchfork every year.
The big names I'm looking forward to seeing are Rise Against, Coheed & Cambria, AwolNation, Gaslight Anthem, GWAR, Less Than Jake, and plenty more.
Are you planning on attending? If so, what acts are you looking forward to the most?