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September 17 - September 19

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Riot Fest Music Festival

Days at the music festival can feel like a marathon. Especially when you have three days of great bands packed back to back. In the case of Riot Fest, when you’re not partying on stage listening to your favorite artists, you still have a carnival to bounce around in. Plus, you’re going to have the possible barriers to navigating the festival grounds, the possibility of wild weather in Chicago.

Riot Fest Music festival lineup:

My Chemical Romance, The Smashing Pumpkins, Run the Jewels, Pixies , Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Sublime with Rome, Dirty Heads, Lupe Fiasco performing The Cool, Vic Mensa, The All-American Rejects, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, Gogol Bordello, Circle Jerks, Thrice, Circa Survive, K.Flay, Toots and the Maytals, Jawbox, Les Savy Fav, Best Coast, Bayside, L7, Meg Myers, PUP, Mayday Parade, FEVER 333,  Living Colour, Big Freedia, Beach Bunny, Alex G,  Thursday, Saves the Day, Don Broco, Joywave, Hepcat, Fishbone, Fucked Up, Boston Manor, The Sounds, White Lung, KennyHoopla,  Beach Goons, Meet Me @ the Altar, Radkey, Holy Fawn, Chubby and the Gang…. More bands, and headliners, and surprises still to be announced!


Plan ahead:

First of all, know how you’re going to get to Riot Fest. We recommend avoiding driving and using public transit in Chicago. vBus, rail, Metra are the best ways to get to the festival and back every day . If you like, you can even ride a bike! The headache of navigating the area, sitting in traffic, and the hassle and cost of parking will save you time and money. The night before, be sure to map out your route.

At the music festival:

As for the music, check out the schedule of the Riot Fest and the stages where each band performs, so you can prepare which artists you want to see in advance. Get a festival map and work out things by adding your schedule to your smartphone reminder alarm. You don’t want to experience the devastation that comes with missing your favorite band performing. Make sure you have time to check out the carnival rides at the Riot Fest, local stalls, great food, non-profits, and maybe a few signings for bands.

What to bring to Riot Fest:

Since camping and sleeping at the music festival grounds is prohibited, you do not have to think about packing everything but the kitchen sink. Of course, there are some essentials that you should bring to maximize your Riot Fest experience. Be sure to check the weather and prepare for the worst as the weather can be unpredictable.
Here are some the top essential tools to bring.

  • An empty water bottle (to refill inside)
  • Fanny pack or small backpack
  • Light jacket (it can get chilly)
  • Sunscreen (non-aerosol only)
  • Blanket (for sitting in the grass )
  • Portable charger for your phone
  • Poncho or rain jacket (just in case)
  • Comfortable shoes that you don’t mind getting dirty
  • No valuable items
  • Your tickets, your ID, and cash for the vendors

Douglas Park, Chicago

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September 17
September 19
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Riot Fest
Douglas Park
Chicago, IL United States
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