The end of the Chicago summer music festival season can be a bit depressing, but we can't think of any better way to send off the days of concerts under the sun than Riot Fest. The locally organized event brings thousands of attendees to Douglas Park each September, presenting a lineup of acts that should leave you feeling nostalgic.
Riot Fest's 2018 lineup is one of its most eclectic to date, headlined by pop-punk superstars Blink-182 and genre-hopping singer-songwriter Beck. The upper-tier of the bill also includes new wave heroes Blondie, stalwart rocker Elvis Costello, Chicago punks Alkaline Trio, sardonic indie rocker Father John Misty and rock 'n' roll pioneer Jerry Lee Lewis.
Other highlights of the lineup include reunited post-hardcore act the Jesus Lizard, ‘90s indie star Liz Phair, Strokes frontman Julian Casablancas' new group the Voidz, local rockers Twin Peaks, post-punk legends Killing Joke and hip-hop outfit Digable Planets. Of course, Andrew W.K. and GWAR will also be returning to the stage (it wouldn't really be Riot Fest without 'em).
According to the fest's organizers, this is just the first wave of announcements. We'll update this story with additional acts, daily lineups and the third headlining performer in the coming weeks.
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Riot Fest 2018 lineup
Riot Fest 2018 lineup
Blink-182, Beck, Elvis Costello & the Imposters, Incubus, Young the Giant, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dropkick Murphys, Bleachers, Atmosphere, Flogging Molly, Cypress Hill, Bad Religion, Underoath, Matt and Kim, the Jesus Lizard, Sum 41, the Voidz, the Front Bottoms, Twin Peaks, K.Flay, Suicidal Tendencies, Bullet For My Valentine, Clutch, the Wonder Years, Digable Planets, Liz Phair, Cat Power, Gary Numan, Killing Joke, Hot Snakes, Wolfmother, Moose Blood, SWMRS, Johnny Marr, Superchunk, JD McPherson, Reignwolf, Lagwagon, Pussy Riot, FEAR, Andrew W.K., GWAR, the Aquabats, Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers, Face to Face, the Exploited, the Bouncing Souls, Dillinger Four, Conflict, Piebald, Adolescents, the Avengers, Cobra Skulls, HEALTH, Calpurnia, Kevin Devine, the Frights, the Districts, Arkells, the Audition, Spitalfield, Flor, Speedy Ortiz, Bully, Lower Class Brats, Total Chaos, the Fever 333, Direct Hit!, Mom Jeans., Mannequin Pussy, Pronoun, Beach Goons, the Bombpops, Badflower, Save Face, Super Whatevr, Beach Bunny, No Small Children, Hellzapoppin’ Circus Sideshow Revue