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Riot Fest 2015, Sunday: Faces in the crowd

Modest Mouse and the Prodigy capped off a music-filled weekend in Douglas Park at the final day of Riot Fest Chicago

Zach Long
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Zach Long
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The lead up to this year’s Riot Fest was fraught with accusations, venue changes and a last-minute lawsuit, but the summer’s last music festival went off without a hitch. The event wasn’t without problems—namely the muddy conditions and a stupid food ticket currency system—but the abundance of great music made up for any shortcomings.

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Sunday kicked off with a buoyant set from Alvvays, some high volume riffs from Illinois space rockers Hum and the relentlessly enthusiastic hip-hop of De La Soul. Later in the evening, attendees were treated to an L7 reunion devoid of unsavory projectiles, a giant Tenacious D sing-along and 30 minutes of Snoop Dogg (half an hour late, naturally) phoning it in. By the time headliners Modest Mouse began reaching into its back catalog, a large portion of the audience was already floating on out of the park.

Obviously, it will take some work to get Douglas Park back to its pre-festival glory, but that’s something organizers were undoubtably aware of. With any luck, they'll be able to make repairs quickly, without inconveniencing the community that hosted the event. Aside from some minor complaints, Riot Fest’s first year in North Lawndale was its best yet. Here’s hoping that the majority of the people directly affected by the festival felt the same way.

Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Modest Mouse turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Snoop Dogg turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Tenacious D turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Damian "Jr Gong" Marley turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Snoop Dogg turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Modest Mouse turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

De La Soul turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Alvvays turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

De La Soul turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

L7 turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Taking Back Sunday turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Andrew W.K. turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Tenacious D turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Yelawolf turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Snoop Dogg turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Jimmy Cliff turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Modest Mouse turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

L7 turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Tenacious D turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Andrew W.K. turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Rodrigo y Gabriela turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Yelawolf turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Andrew W.K. turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Taking Back Sunday turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Yelawolf turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Carolina Mariana Rodriguez

Hum turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

De La Soul turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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Photograph: Max Herman

Punks and rockers gathered in Douglas Park for the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
Photograph: Max Herman

Snoop Dogg turned in a set on the final day of Riot Fest, September 13, 2015.
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