Worldwide icon-chevron-right North America icon-chevron-right United States icon-chevron-right Illinois icon-chevron-right Chicago icon-chevron-right Riot Fest 2019 lineup

Riot Fest 2019 lineup

Check out the complete Riot Fest 2019 lineup and find out when all your favorite bands are playing

Flaming Lips
Photograph: Danny North

The one thing that makes us happy about the end of Chicago's summer music festival season is that we get to cap it all off at Riot Fest. The locally organized event celebrates its 15th anniversary in 2019, bringing thousands of attendees to Douglas Park to take in three days of nostalgic bands, as well as a few new faces.

Riot Fest's 2019 lineup is filled with returning acts, headlined by pop-punk superstars Blink-182 (making up for a canceled appearance in 2018), metal heavyweights Slayer (playing their final Chicago show), reunited riot grrrls Bikini Kill, local punks Rise Against and indie-rock supergroup the Raconteurs (fronted by Jack White and Brendan Benson). The upper-tier of the bill also includes psych-rock weirdos the Flaming Lips, punk legends Jawbreaker, genre-hopping alt-rockers Ween, South African hip-hop duo Die Antwoord and "godmother of punk" Patti Smith.

RECOMMENDED: See photos and coverage of Riot Fest

Other highlights of the lineup include new wave pioneers the B-52s (performing their final show in Chicago), dance rockers Bloc Party, folk punk act the Violent Femmes, prolific indie rockers Guided By Voices and the contemporary incarnation of Village People (the group behind wedding reception staples like "Y.M.C.A." and "Macho Man"). Of course, annual Riot Fest performers Taking Back Sunday, Andrew W.K. and GWAR will also be in attendance.

Take a look at the complete Riot Fest 2019 lineup below and keep an eye out for single-day lineups sometime before the gates open in September.

Riot Fest 2019 lineup

Riot Fest 2017, Jawbreaker
Photograph: Neal O'Bryan

Blink-182, Slayer (final Chicago and Milwaukee show), Bikini Kill, The Raconteurs, Rise Against, The Flaming Lips (performing Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots), Jawbreaker, Ween (performing The Mollusk), Bloc Party (performing Silent Alarm), Die Antwoord, Patti Smith and Her Band, Taking Back Sunday (performing Tell All Your Friends and Louder Now), Rancid, Violent Femmes, Descendents, Manchester Orchestra, The B-52s, Dashboard Confessional (performing The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most), The Story So Far, Avail (performing Over The James), The Struts, Against Me! (performing Reinventing Axl Rose and Transgender Dysphoria Blues), Pvris, Pennywise, The Starting Line, Cock Sparrer, Streetlight Manifesto, Anthrax, Neck Deep, Bob Mould, Hot Snakes, American Football, Guided By Voices, Ride, Lucero, Testament, Andrew W.K., Senses Fail (performing Let It Enfold You and From The Depths Of Dreams), The Get Up Kids, Village People, Less Than Jake, Hot Water Music, Glassjaw (performing Worship & Tribute), GWAR, The Selecter (performing Too Much Pressure), Anti-Flag, Nick Lowe with Los Straitjackets, Turnover, The Damned Things, Cursive, Turnstile, Surfer Blood, The Ergs!, Save Ferris, Frank Iero And The Future Violents, White Reaper, Grandson, H2O, I Don’t Know How But They Found Me, Hot Mulligan, The Hu, Teenage Bottlerocket, Prof, Cherry Glazerr, Dave Hause & The Mermaid, This Wild Life, The Garden, Drakulas, Dead Swords, Can’t Swim, Caroline Rose, The Beaches, Mat Kerekes, Angel Du$T, Microwave, Pkew Pkew Pkew, Sincere Engineer, Skating Polly, No Parents, Ultra Q, Lando Chill, Cleopatrick, Elder Brother, Thin Lips, Chaos Chaos, Kali Masi, Yours Truly, Ganser, Ramona

More to explore