This morning, organizers behind Chicago’s Riot Fest — set to take place September 15-17 at Douglas Park — unveiled over 70 artists in their first-wave-lineup announcement with headlining performances by genre-breaking artist NINE INCH NAILS, desert rock ruffians QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE and the exclusive reunion of seminal punk rock band JAWBREAKER.
Other special inclusions on the lineup include’ 80s post-punk pioneers NEW ORDER, PARAMORE, PROPHETS OF RAGE, the inimitable M.I.A., WU-TANG CLAN, a DJ set from BEASTIE BOYS‘ Mike D, an exclusive 40th-anniversary set by punk hardcore legends BAD BRAINS and special appearances by Chicago brethren MINISTRY and VIC MENSA.
Riot Fest three-day passes will go on sale today (April 19) at noon CDT with general admission and VIP options via Ticketfly.
In addition to the remaining 25+ bands that will be announced in May, on Thursday, April 20, organizers will be revealing select artists who will be performing their seminal album for the festival. Riot Fest will also once again feature a full-scale carnival with rides, games of chance, and, of course, the Hellzapoppin’ Sideshow Revue freak show, which will see a much-extended footprint from prior years. And to satisfy the refined palates of Riot patrons, there will be over 40 unique and diverse food vendors from which to choose.