Riot Fest Sparked in Toronto, Dallas, Brooklyn
Riot Fest has been a punk festival staple in Chicago for the past eight years, and the festival expanded to include a Philadelphia version last year. But that wasn’t enough for organizers, who have now announced Riot Festivals in Toronto, Dallas and Brooklyn in addition to Chi-town and Philly.
While the Chicago event will take place over three days, all other festivals will be one-day versions, and each will feature a unique lineup. First up will be Philadelphia, which will take place at Festival Pier at Penn’s Landing on July 19. Notable acts that will appear at the Philly show include Refused, The Promise Ring, August Burns Red, Off!, Gameface, Boy Sets Fire and Hirs.
After that, fans will have to wait a few months before the next Riot Fest, which will take place in Brooklyn on September 8 at Williamsburg Park. That event will include the Descendents, Hot Water Music, The Bronx, Screaming Females, The Menzingers and Larry and his Flask.
The following day the first Canadian version of the festival will be held at Fort York: Garrison Common in Toronto. The Descendents will make the trip north of the border following their Brooklyn performance, and will be joined by NOFX, Hot Water Music, Less than Jake and Andrew W.K., among others,
Next up is the Chicago version, which will be held over three days from September 14 to the September 16. The first concerts (Friday, September 14) will be at the cities Congress Theater, while the other two days will find the festival moving outside for the first time to Humboldt Park. The expanded lineup also expands beyond the punk genre, and featured performers will be Iggy & the Stooges, Elvis Costello, Rise Against, the Offspring, Coheed and Cambria, Gogol Bordello, NOFX, Gaslight Anthem, Alkaline Trio, Built to Spill, Reverand Horton Heat and the Jesus and Mary Chain.
Finally, the Dallas version of the event will close things out on September 22 at the Gexa Energy Pavilion. This show will include Rise Against, Descendents, NOFX, Gaslight Anthem and Less Than Jake, among others.