Riot Fest is currently in its 14th year, a three-day celebration of punk, rock ‘n’ roll, hip-hop, metal, indie rock, and roots music in Chicago’s Douglas Park. Along with its carnival-like atmosphere underneath the Ferris wheel, Riot Fest is also well known for another prominent event— the full-album plays. Riot Fest has an annual tradition of inviting a selection of notable artists to perform their most impactful albums front-to-back—often in celebration of an LP’s anniversary. The selection of acts is diverse as ever, with the range of music represented unequivocally diverse.
The performances for 2018 Riot Fest include: Bad Religion, (Suffer, 1988, 30th Anniversary) who will play the Surf City Blitz festival on October 27th and 28th; Cypress Hill (Black Sunday, 1993, 25th Anniversary) will appear at the Tecate Coordenada on October 19 and 20; Suicidal Tendencies (Suicidal Tendencies, 1983, 35th Anniversary) are releasing their upcoming, as-of-yet untitled thirteenth record this September. Other artists scheduled to appear are Digable Planets (Reachin,’ A New Refutation of Time and Space, 1993, 25th Anniversary), Fear, (The Record, 1982), Lagwagon (Let’s Talk About Feelings,1998, 20th Anniversary), and Spitalfield (Remember Right Now, 2003, 15th Anniversary).
Bad Religion – Suffer
Cypress Hill – Black Sunday
Suicidal Tendencies – Suicidal Tendencies
Digable Planets – reachin’ (A New Refutation Of Time And Space)
Following the recent cyber attack on its ticketing partner Ticketfly, for a limited time, the festival is giving back to inconvenienced fans by offering three-day passes for $99.98. Any fans who’ve already purchased tickets will receive a complimentary bonus single-day pass for the day of their choice, to give to a friend or relative, as well an opportunity to purchase a $99.98 three-day pass for Riot Fest 2019. This offer will only be available to current 2018 ticket holders. Tickets can be purchased here.
In the coming weeks more announcements are expected, including the 2nd wave line-up announcement, single-day lineups, daily schedules, and more surprises.
Riot Fest 2018 will take place on September 14-16.
Photo credit: Sharon Alagna