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Riot Fest 2014 Lineup Confirmed for Chicago Festival's 10th Anniversary

May 15, 2014 by Alyssa

Festival Announcement

This year marks the 10th anniversary of Riot Fest in Chicago, and the festival has delivered an amazing 2014 lineup to celebrate the landmark occasion. This summer, Riot Fest will again return to Humboldt Park from Sept. 12-14, (in addition to other variations in Toronto and Colorado), and the new lineup has excited festivalgoers with several big players scheduled to perform. As of May 15, daily schedules have not been announced, but you can purchase Riot Fest tickets now in the Vivid Seats marketplace to secure your spot in the audience with single- or three-day passes.

Riot Fest 2014 Lineup


The 10th anniversary lineup was released on May 13, and top billing was given to The Cure, who also headlined Lollapalooza last summer. Perry Farrell’s Jane’s Addiction also is set to headline the Humboldt Park festival, as is The National, which released the critically acclaimed Trouble Will Find Me last year. There will also be sets from punk outfit Social Distortion, thrash metal band Slayer, rap collective Wu-Tang Clan, “Godmother of Punk” Patti Smith, actor Macaulay Culkin’s parody band The Pizza Underground, and countless more acts. Riot Fest also has a handful of special shows up its sleeve, as the festival will host two members of the Russian feminist band Pussy Riot, as well as a reunion of Danzig’s post-Misfits horror punk group Samhain, which released its debut album 30 years ago.

In honor of Riot Fest’s 10th anniversary, 10 bands—including Samhain—will be performing full-album sets featuring some of their most memorable releases. All the acts—save one that is still TBA as of May 15—are featured in the image below, but most notably, albums from The Offspring, NOFX, and Weezer will all be celebrating 20-year anniversaries in 2014. The Offspring will perform 1994’s Smash, which features memorable hits like “Self Esteem” and “Come Out and Play,” and NOFX will celebrate its most successful album to date, 1994’s Punk in Drublic. Weezer also is celebrating the 20th anniversary of its self-titled debut, affectionately known as “The Blue Album” among fans.


A handful of Chicago-based bands will return home for the festival this summer as well. One of those is headliner Rise Against, a hardcore band aiming to release its seventh studio album this summer. Naked Raygun will be one of the bands performing a full-album set this year, and local acts like The Orwells, Archie Powell and the Exports, and My Gold Mask will also take the stage in Chicago.

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