While nearly every summer music festival has a handful of acts that consistently make the lineup, Riot Fest has an entire family of artists that regularly return to the three-day party in Douglas Park. Saturday’s lineup was filled with appearances from old friends, including gypsy punks Gogol Bordello, local legends the Lawrence Arms and Staten Island's most famous hip-hop outfit the Wu-Tang Clan. Even Glenn Danzig (who reunited with the original lineup of the Misfits at last year's fest) showed up to tear through his heavy metal opus, Danzig III.
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While it was nice to see some familiar faces, it was equally exciting to catch some Riot Fest first-timers winning over the crowds. Early in the afternoon Peaches brought anatomically correct costumes, buoyant electro-pop and some sexually explicit lyricism to the main stage, while hip-hop duo Shabazz Palaces unleashed cosmic grooves nearby. Later, Beastie Boys emcee Mike D spun (and rapped) along to his favorite hip-hop tracks, including cuts by Chance the Rapper, Kanye West and Run DMC. The evening closed with a whirlwind set from Queens of the Stone Age—a long overdue appearance that left us hoping that Josh Homme’s next Riot Fest gig isn’t another 13 years in the making.
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