With the unveiling of the first wave of the eighth annual Riot Fest's 2012 lineup, the Chicago summer festival scene officially welcomes yet another impressive addition to an already packed season.
In years past, Riot Fest has been largely geared toward the punk genre, but in its latest Chicago iteration, to be held Sept. 14-16, festival organizers are pumping up the volume. The lineup is loaded and the event is heading outdoors -- two of the festival's three days will be held in the city's Humboldt Park -- and incorporating carnival-like attractions, like a ferris wheel, food trucks and even tattoo vendors.
The 2012 lineup in Chicago, announced Tuesday, includes headliners Rise Against, The Offspring, Iggy and the Stooges and Elvis Costello, in addition to a number of other acts including a number with strong local ties, such as Alkaline Trio, Deal's Gone Bad and White Mystery. Additional acts will be announced next month.
(Scroll down to check out more highlights from the Riot Fest lineup and listen to a HuffPost Chicago Riot Fest Spotify mix.)
In a statement, Riot Fest promoter Michael Petryshyn -- who founded the festival with Sean McKeough -- said that a trial run of an outdoor version of his event in Philadelphia proved that the 2012 event in Chicago should go aire fresco as well.
Tickets for the festival are also a bargain: Just $90 for a three-day pass, which includes entry to two days of festivities on the Humboldt Park grounds plus admission to the Congress Theater on Sept. 14. For a limited time, two-day, Sept. 15-16 passes are available for a $36 early-bird special.
Iggy Pop and The Stooges perform during the Hellfest Heavy Metal Music Festival on June 17, 2011 in Clisson, western France. AFP PHOTO/FRANK PERRY (Photo credit should read FRANK PERRY/AFP/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 02: Musical group Dropkick Murphys perform onstage during the First-Ever Call of Duty XP at the Stages at Playa Vista on September 2, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images for Activision)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 02: Singer/songwriter Elvis Costello performs during a Celebration of Paul Newman's Dream to Benefit the SeriousFun Children's Network at Avery Fisher Hall, Lincoln Center on April 2, 2012 in New York City. (Photo by Larry Busacca/Getty Images for SeriousFun Children's Network)
NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 03: Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem performs at Roseland Ballroom on December 3, 2010 in New York City. (Photo by Cory Schwartz/Getty Images)
BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 30: Jim Reid of the Jesus and Mary Chain performs on stage during the V Festival at Avica Resort on March 30, 2008 on the Gold Coast, Australia. (Photo by Jonathan Wood/Getty Images)
INDIO, CA - APRIL 16: Musicians Yuri Lemeshev (L) and Sergey Ryabtsev of Gogol Bordello perform during Day 2 of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2011 held at the Empire Polo Club on April 16, 2011 in Indio, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
US band NOFX performs on July 2, 2010, at the Roskilde Festival some 30 km west of Copenhagen. The festival, which lasts until July 4, 2010, is attended by some 75.000 rock fans. (Nanna Kreutzmann/AFP/Getty Images)
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Dave & Jake at House of Blues Houston
July 2008 at Terminal 5, NYC.
NEW YORK - JUNE 1: Noodles (L) and Dexter Holland of The Offspring appear live on Fuse TV's IMX studio June 1, 2004 in New York City. (Photo by Paul Hawthorne/Getty Images)
IRVINE, CA - JUNE 05: (FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY) Matt Skiba of the Alkaline Trio performs at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater on June 5, 2009 in Irvine, California. (Photo by Noel Vasquez/Getty Images for Rebel Waltz Management)
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