This year is the 10th anniversary of Riot Fest, and it’s once again being held in three different locations: Downsview Park in Toronto on Sept. 6-7, Humboldt Park in Chicago on Sept. 12-14, and May Farms in Denver on Sept. 19-21. And all three Riot Fest events will be headlined by The Cure.
The rest of the Riot Fest lineup varies a little bit at each city. The Chicago Riot Fest features The National, The Flaming Lips, Weezer, Wu-Tang Clan, Patti Smith, Jane’s Addiction, Slayer, Mineral, Mastodon, a reunited Samhain, Kurt Vile, Wavves, Andrew W.K., Thurston Moore, Superchunk, GWAR, Mudhoney, Billy Bragg, Paul Weller, Cheap Trick, The Buzzcocks, Naked Raygun, Hot Snakes and The Pizza Underground, along with many others.
The Toronto festival features the National, The Flaming Lips, Death From Above 1979, Brand New, The New Pornographers, The Afghan Whigs, Death Cab for Cutie, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Paul Weller, Die Antwoord, Tokyo Police Club, Stars, Metric, The Buzzcocks, Hot Snakes, Clutch, PUP and many others.
And the Denver Riot Fest features The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Slayer, Wu-Tang Clan, TV on the Radio, Descendents, Gogol Bordello, Violent Femmes, Failure, Lucero, Hot Snakes, Clutch, Buzzcocks, Dum Dum Girls, Stiff Little Fingers, Mineral, The Menzingers, Big Freedia, Plague Vendor and a bunch more. Check out the flyers for Denver and Toronto below, and Chicago above.
Jeff Terich is the founder and editor of Treble. He's been writing about music for 20 years and has been published at American Songwriter, Bandcamp Daily, Reverb, Spin, Stereogum, uDiscoverMusic, VinylMePlease and some others that he's forgetting right now. He's still not tired of it.