This past weekend Riot Fest took over Chicago's Humboldt Park in celebration of their 10th year anniversary. The festival, which originated in Chicago, is known for their punk, rock, and more alternative lineups each year. This year, in celebration of their 10th year anniversary, 10 bands performed their classic albums in their entirety. This included: The Offspring performing Smash, Weezer performing the Blue Album, and The Descendents performing Milo Goes to College, Jane's Addiction performing Nothing's Shocking, Slayer performing Reign in Blood, Samhain performing Initium, NOFX performing Punk in Drublic, Naked Raygun performing Throb Throb, The Get Up Kids performing Something to Write Home About, and Cheap Trick performing Heaven Tonight.
In addition to these bands, the line up was heavily stacked with other genre-fitting performances, ranging from older bands like The Cure and The Buzzcocks, to SoCal punk rock staples Social Distortion, to South African group Die Antwoord, all the way to indie rock staples The National. Although Friday was filled with heavy rain and mud, the weather cleared up for Saturday and Sunday, but left Humboldt Park in a state of what seemed would be never ending mud.
All words and photographs by Lindsey Best.
Riot Fest, Day 1:
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