As per usual, Riot Fest does not suck. The acclaimed punk festival released the first wave of its lineup that will be playing at Douglas Park from September 15 to 17, and boy it’s a doozy.
The punk festival routinely provides a balanced lineup, from the headliners, down to the bands that kick off each day’s festivities. But they may have outdone themselves this year when it comes to headliners. Don’t believe me, we’ll, the top three headliners for the 2017 festivities include Nine Inch Nails (Friday), Queens of the Stone Age (Saturday) and Jawbreaker (Sunday, no seriously!)
Riot Fest usually pulls a rabbit out of their hat and gets an unimaginable band to reunite every year. Last year, it got the original Misfits lineup to put their differences aside to headline, and they’ve also gotten The Replacements, Naked Raygun and Screeching Weasel to come out of retirement. Rumor swirled Dead Kennedys were asked to play this year, but they took a hard pass. Instead, Riot Fest may have gotten the next best thing in seminal punk rock group Jawbreaker, who broke up in 1996. I don’t want to take all the credit for the Jawbreaker reunion, but if you must…
@RiotFest You did the impossible and got The Replacements back together. I say top yourselves and get Jawbreaker. I know you can do it!
— Chris Zois (@zoischicago) January 1, 2014
But putting nostalgia to the side, Riot Fest unveiled nearly 70 other bands that will be shredding in Douglas Park from September 15 to 17. Other heavy hitters include Wu-Tang Clan, Paramore, New Order, Prophets of Rage and M.IA.
Riot Fest offers a wide array of genres that everyone can enjoy from hip hop artists (Action Bronson, Vic Mensa, Dessa), to classic punk (Bad Brains, X, Buzzcocks), indie rock (Dinosaur Jr., TV On The Radio, Built to Spill) and pop punk (Chicago’s own The Lawrence Arms, The Menzingers, Taking Back Sunday). And it wouldn’t be Riot Fest if GWAR and Andrew W.K. didn’t show up.
The festivities should be a blast this year, and the fun doesn’t stop there, as 25-plus bands are still to be announced. You can check out the full lineup here and purchase tickets here, which go on sale at Noon today (April 19).