The 11th year of Riot Fest is shaping up to be pretty epic (at least in my opinion).  What started in 2005 as a smaller punk and rock festival in Chicago has since branched out to include Denver and Toronto––creating an international extravaganza taking place over three weekends in August & September.  Chicago’s first wave of bands were announced yesterday giving us a good idea of what the entire festival will look like––headliners include No Doubt (Chicago), Rancid (All 3), Modest Mouse (Denver & Chicago), Faith No More (Chicago), Tenacious D (Denver & Chicago), and both Iggy Pop (Denver & Chicago) and Billy Idol (Chicago).  I keep staring down at this line-up asking myself, “Is this even real?” It is impossible to list all of the amazing acts that are playing all three installations of Riot Fest (mostly because I have yet to process all of this in my brain), so I included the lineups and PASS INFORMATION behind this cut.

2015 RIOT FEST & RODEO (Yes, it’s also a RODEO) DENVER
at National Western Complex in Denver, CO
Friday, August 28, 2015 – Sunday, August 30, 2015
3-Day GA & VIP Passes available here

2015 RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL (Yes, it’s also a carnival) CHICAGO
at Douglas Park in Chicago, IL
Friday, September 11, 2015 – Sunday, September 13, 2015
3-Day GA & VIP Passes available here

at Downsview Park in Toronto, ON, CANADA
Friday, September 19, 2015 – Sunday, September 20, 2015
Tickets on Sale June 16 at

FOLLOW @RiotFest on Twitter for all late-breaking information.  I may see you in Chicago!


Written by Conor

Photojournalist based in Philadelphia. Occasional writer. Always wondering what became of Luke Skywalker's X-Wing after he arrived at Cloud City.

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