RIOT Fest 2023

Photograph by Tim Toomey

Riot Fest, a Chicago festival that has been delivering exceptional musical performances and experiences for almost two decades, is back with a lineup that proves to be fantastic. From full album performances to carnival rides, vintage arcade games, and so much more, Riot Fest is ready to take over Douglass Park once again. Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s Riot Fest in Chicago.

A Riotous Weekend in Douglass Park

Douglass Park, the scenic location that hosts Riot Fest, provides the perfect backdrop for a weekend of music. Easily accessible via Chicago’s train and bus lines, the park is surrounded by diverse neighborhoods bursting with culture, incredible food, and drink options, making it the ideal setting for Riot Fest’s festivities.

Full Album Performances

One of Riot Fest’s signature features is its full album performances, and 2023 is no exception. This year, fans will have the chance to experience classic records in their entirety, celebrating their anniversaries in style. Here’s a glimpse of the albums that will be featured:

Band Performing at Riot fest
  • The Postal Service – Give Up (20th Anniversary)
  • Death Cab for Cutie – Transatlanticism (20th Anniversary)
  • Danzig – Danzig
  • The Breeders – Last Splash
  • Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today
  • Quicksand – Slip
  • Rival Schools – United by Fate
  • Braid – Frame & Canvas

More Than Music

Riot Fest is more than just music; it’s an immersive experience. Alongside the incredible performances, attendees can enjoy carnival rides, a wedding chapel, and free vintage arcade games hosted by Riot Pop! This year, Riot Fest has partnered with Logan Arcade to bring you a dose of nostalgia through these classic games.

Get Your Tickets

Don’t miss out on the Riot Fest experience. Get your tickets here and prepare for a weekend of music, memories, and mayhem. Riot Fest is where the past and present collide in a glorious celebration of all things punk, rock, and alternative. See you in Douglass Park!

Riot Fest Weekend Lineup

Friday, September 15th (Click for Friday Tickets)

  • Foo Fighters
  • Turnstile
  • Tegan and Sara
  • Say Anything
  • The Breeders 
  • Kim Gordon
  • The Interrupters
  • Bayside
  • Ani DiFranco
  • Silverstein
  • Parliament Funkadelic ft. George Clinton
  • Code Orange
  • Fake Names
  • Quicksand
  • The Wrecks
  • Hawthorne Heights
  • Braid 
  • Yard Act
  • Screaming Females
  • Sludgeworth
  • Quasi
  • Origami Angel
  • Oso Oso
  • Just Friends
  • Bearings
  • Pinkshift
  • Olivia Jean
  • Calva Louise
  • The Aquadolls
  • FEA
  • The Bobby Lees
  • Young Culture

Saturday, September 16th (Click for Saturday Tickets)

  • The Postal Service
  • Death Cab for Cutie 
  • Queens of the Stone Age
  • Mr. Bungle
  • 100 Gecs
  • Death Grips
  • 070 Shake
  • Viagra Boys
  • PUP
  • Sleep Token
  • Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls
  • Pennywise
  • Insane Clown Posse
  • Head Automatica
  • Nothing,Nowhere.
  • White Reaper
  • Eshu Tune
  • Enter Shikari
  • Bowling for Soup
  • Spitalfield
  • Jehnny Beth
  • Drain
  • Snapcase
  • T.S.O.L.
  • Plosivs
  • Steve Ignorant Band/Crass
  • Warpaint
  • High Vis
  • Rival Schools
  • Corey Feldman
  • Enola Gay
  • Taylor Acorn
  • Pool Kids
  • 1300cadoe
  • Total Chaos

Sunday, September 17th (Click for Sunday Tickets)

  • The Cure
  • The Mars Volta
  • The Gaslight Anthem
  • AFI
  • The Used
  • The Dresden Dolls
  • Flogging Molly
  • Finch
  • Godspeed You! Black Emperor
  • L.S. Dunes
  • Gorilla Biscuits (performing Start Today)
  • Ride
  • Cults
  • Balance and Composure
  • Thursday
  • H2O
  • The Bronx
  • Microwave
  • The Black Angels
  • Nothing
  • Smoking Popes
  • Free Throw
  • Just Mustard
  • Hotline TNT
  • Earth Crisis
  • Empire State Bastard
  • Fleshwat
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