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Riot Fest

What is so G**damn Special About Riot Fest Anyway?

Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.23.2016 | Entertainment
Joseph Erbentraut

At a time where most of the major music festivals are seriously lacking in diverse talent, Riot Fest somehow managed to showcase one of the year's more varied and unusual collections of musicians despite (or perhaps because of) its punk-centric ethos.

Riot Fest and Public-Private Partnerships

Kenzo Shibata | Posted 05.06.2016 | Chicago
Kenzo Shibata

Chicago's annual Riot Fest was once a long weekend where punk bands from all over the country along with hordes of merry pranksters took over Chicago (well at least Chicago north of Lake Street and east of Rockwell).

Katla McGlynn

Al Madrigal: 'Daily Show' Offered Counseling After Charlie Hedbo Attack | Katla McGlynn | Posted 01.14.2015 | Comedy

As a correspondent for "The Daily Show" who tackles sensitive issues and a stand-up comedian who dares to make fun of Los Angeles gang members, Al Mad...

Riot Fest Music Festival 2014: Up Close (Photos)

Lindsey Best | Posted 11.18.2014 | Entertainment
Lindsey Best

This year, in celebration of their 10th year anniversary, 10 bands performed their classic albums in their entirety.

Patti Smith Tells It Like It Is, Continues To Be Our F*****g Hero

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 09.16.2014 | Arts

If anyone was wondering whether 67-year-old "godmother of punk" Patti Smith has lost her rebellious edge, this video should put any doubts to rest. ...

Kim Bellware

Have A Look At The Freakiest Music Fest In America | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.15.2014 | Entertainment

Large-scale music festivals have become a staple of summertime fun, but none of them get quite as weird or wonderful as Riot Fest. Among the marqu...

The Only Music Festival Worth Your Time

The Huffington Post | Joseph Erbentraut | Posted 05.14.2014 | Entertainment

Sure, there are many very real reasons why going to a music festival can sometimes be the worst. Ticket prices are high and the musical lineups are al...

Kim Bellware

LOOK: This John Stamos Butter Sculpture Will Amaze You | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.17.2013 | Chicago

With all the excitement over The Replacements reunion, it's easy to forget that some of the most amazing parts of Riot Fest 2013 had nothing to do wit...

Kim Bellware

LOOK: Riot Fest Day 1 Was Loud, Dark And (Fake) Bloody | Kim Bellware | Posted 09.15.2013 | Chicago

Riot Fest 2013 kicked off Friday with a loud, spirited and (fake) bloody start. Bodies streamed into Humboldt Park late Friday afternoon for the f...

Replacements Returning To U.S. Stage After 20 Years Away

Reuters | Posted 11.13.2013 | Chicago

By Rob Cox NEW YORK, Sept 13 (Reuters) - The velvet curtain had yet to open at the Ritz night club in New York's East Village when the...

21 Reasons Why Riot Fest's Twitter Feed Is The Best Thing Ever

The Huffington Post | Joe Erbentraut | Posted 09.13.2013 | Chicago

On Friday, Riot Fest is set to take over Chicago's Humboldt Park before traveling to Denver a week later and we here at HuffPost couldn't be more exci...

WIN TICKETS! Riot Fest 2013

Posted 09.04.2013 | Chicago

Sure, some folks would say summer ends with Labor Day. Those people need to get out more. In Chicago, the busy festival season has still far from o...

Riot Fest Adds Joan Jett, Pixies, Andrew W.K. & More

Posted 07.24.2013 | Chicago

While most music lovers in Chicago were preoccupied with a certain other festival over the weekend, Riot Fest announced some big changes to the lineup...

Beloved Band Reuniting After 22 Years

The Huffington Post | Madeline Boardman | Posted 06.14.2013 | Entertainment

The '80s are officially back as alternative favorite The Replacements are set to reunite. Formed in 1979, The Replacements are scheduled to perfor...

WIN TICKETS To Riot Fest 2013!

Posted 06.07.2013 | Chicago

As summer festival season is already in full swing, we're in a giving mood here at HuffPost Chicago. With tickets selling out fast, Riot Fest is on...

Riot Fest 2013 Lineup Announced

Posted 06.07.2013 | Chicago

The initial Riot Fest lineup for 2013 dropped late Wednesday to much fanfare and the general approval of its punk rock-leaning audience. Fall Out...

A Pleasant Sunday Afternoon Riot (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post | Brandon Wetherbee | Posted 09.18.2012 | Chicago

CHICAGO -- The final day of Riot Fest was anything but riotous. Perfect weather, a friendly crowd, old timer headliners and enough snarky t-shirts to ...

Battle Of The Fests: Riot Fest vs. A.V. Fest Hideout Block Party

Posted 09.14.2012 | Chicago

It's usually good news for music-loving Chicagoans when the city gets to play host to just one high-caliber music festival -- and with those prospects...

GIVEAWAY: Win 3-Day Passes To Riot Fest

Posted 09.11.2012 | Chicago

Who says that the summer festival season ended with Labor Day? Chicago's own Riot Fest, a punk-geared festival in its eighth year, is set to begin ...

Rock Out At Riot Fest

Centerstage | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago

Four rockin' shows spread out across four venues over three days. We're talking mosh-inducing rock....