Look out, there might be a new king in town. Twelve days after North Coast Music Festival announced its fifth Labor Day weekend lineup, the final piece of the Chicago summer music festival puzzle fell into place this evening when Riot Fest released the nearly complete bill for its 10th anniversary bill.
And what an impressive lineup it is, one that continues to inch towards Lollapalooza in scale and scope. The Cure and Jane's Addiction headline, both quite familiar to Lollapalooza Chicago audiences, the former having played Grant Park in 2013. The National, Weezer, the Flaming Lips, Slayer, Tegan & Sara, Metric and many, many more populate the three-day slate of rock acts. It leans rather heavy on 1980s punk (Descendents, Social Distortion, Naked Raygun, Samhaim, etc.) and 1990s alternative (Thurston Moore, Superchunk, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Mudhoney, etc.). And it looks a lot like my CD collective in high school.
Other notable acts include the Chicago debut of Pussy Riot, the Russian protestors who has been a far more interesting story than band to date, and, er, Macaulay Culkin's The Pizza Underground, a Velvet Underground tribute band with a pizza theme. Better change that to deep dish, bro.
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Here is the complete lineup:
The Cure, Jane's Addiction, The Nationa, Rise Against, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Slayer, The Offspring, Wu-Tang Clan, Descendents, Tegan & Sara, Metric, Samhain, Cheap Trick, Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina), Patti Smith, Taking Back Sunday, Die Antwoord, City and Colour, Paul Weller, The Used, Bring Me The Horizon, NOFX, Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, Of Mice & Men, Mastodon, The Afghan Whigs, Naked Raygun, Cock Sparrer, Dashboard Confessional, Superchunk, Billy Bragg, Blue Meanies, Lucero, New Found Glory, Saosin with Anthony Green, Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Murder City Devils, Mudhoney, Failure, Hot Snakes, The Dandy Warhols, Thurston Moore, Circa Survive, The Get Up Kids, Motion City Soundtrack, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Streetlight Manifesto, Clutch, GWAR, Buzzcocks, Andrew W.K., Bouncing Souls, Stiff Little Fingers, Face to Face, Kurt Vile & The Violators, Marky Ramone with the Bouncing Souls, Wavves, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, We Came As Romans, Senses Fail, The Orwells, ALL, Mineral, Title Fight, La Dispute, RX Bandits, Samiam, 7 Seconds, Anti-Flag, The Menzingers, The Front Bottoms, Silverstein, Emarosa, Citizen, The World is a Beautiful Place..., Bad Suns, The Pizza Underground, The Hotelier, Nostalghia, In The Valley Below, Radkey, Pianos Become The Teeth, Modern Baseball, I Am the Avalanche, katers, Laura Stevenson, Cerebral Ballzy, Red City Radio, PUP, Dads, Show You Suck, The Unlikely Candidates, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, My Gold Mask and more