Relocated to the sprawling Douglas Park on the city's West Side, replete with circus attractions, Riot Fest prides itself on being punk. It's bookings are as diverse as "punk" is difficult to define. There's mall-punk, hardcore, emo, goth, metal, thrash, new-wave, rap and gray-haired indie.
|Venue name:||Douglas Park||Contact:|
2800 W Roosevelt Rd
|Cross street:||at California Ave|
|Opening hours:||Daily 6am–11pm|
|Transport:||El stop: Blue to Kedzie-Homan or Western-Forest Park, Pink to California-Cermak. Bus: 18, 52, 94.|
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This is probably my favorite music festival year after year. Being in September makes it just chilly enough so you don't feel like it's too terribly hot. The people are always interesting and it's always got interesting music to keep you interested all day long.
Riot Fest is so, so much fun. First of all, there's the music—including a bunch of bands you probably used to listen to back in high school. Then there's the carnival atmosphere, complete with snacks and a Ferris wheel. Lastly, there's the fashion. You could go to Riot Fest for the people-watching alone.
I am dying to go to Riot Fest! The line up is as fantastic as it is diverse. When else in life would I be able to catch Snoop Dogg, Modest Mouse, De La Soul, and the queen and kings of the ska-pop soundtrack to my adolescence, No Doubt?! Riot Fest Denver’s lack of Gwen Stefani has made Chicago win out as the ideal weekend to attend. Angsty acts from my younger days include Taking Back Sunday and Coheed and Cambria, but one of my favorites from Gov Ball 2014 will also be in the house: Damian Marley. Cannot wait.