It’s been a busy month for Riot Fest organizers as they went from facing problems with Humboldt Park to being named USA Today’s top summer music festival to eventually relocating to Douglas Park for their flagship Chicago festival. Finally, after incessant badgering on Twitter, the first wave of the Riot Fest 2015 lineup has been revealed. Some of the announced headliners are a bit surprising, considering the festival’s typical M.O. However, it just further illustrates how large and popular the festival has grown over the past few years.
Some of the artists announced may seem like better fits for Pitchfork and/or Lollapalooza, such as No Doubt, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, and Ice Cube. At the same time, however, their inclusion to this year’s Riot Fest truly shows the festival’s growth and depth by reaching out to festival-goers that have been burnt out by the lackluster Pitchfork and Lollapalooza lineups in previous years. Hardline and long-time Riot Fest attendees may not be thrilled with some of the headliners, but should find solace knowing that organizers truly know their audience and can make practically any artist fit within the scope and vision they’ve consistently practiced since Riot Fest’s inception in 2005.
Riot Fest Chicago highlights include a few bands performing full albums like Rancid playing …And Out Come the Wolves, Snoop Dogg playing Doggystyle, Ice Cube (and guests) performing NWA’s Straight Outta Compton, The Academy Is… performing Almost Here, and The Dwarves performing Blood Guts and Pussy. Other musical highlights include No Doubt, Tenacious D, Modest Mouse, Motorhead, Alkaline Trio, Less Than Jake, Modern Life is War, Lifetime, Cypress Hill, and local acts like Alex Wiley, Into It. Over It., and Psalm One.
Pre-sale 3-Day passes are already at their third tier price of $169.98 (at press time) and can be purchased here. You can see the full first wave of artists below.