Punx, metalheads, and #EmoRevivalists, rejoice: Riot Fest has announced its first wave of bands, and your 2015 headliners are No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Snoop Dogg, Faith No More, Billy Idol, Motörhead, Rancid, and Iggy Pop.
Other notables at the 11th-annual punk fest fom September 11 to 13 are Ice Cube, Tenacious D, Pennywise, Coheed and Cambria, Flogging Molly, Thrice, Echo & The Bunnymen, Against Me!, Joyce Manner, Kevin Devine, Alvvays, Speedy Ortiz, Superheaven, Foxing, and Beach Slang.
Locals on the bill include Alex Wiley, Psalm One, Benjamin Booker, Alkaline Trio, The Academy Is…, OK Go, Meat Wave, and Into It. Over It.
Like last year, a handful of artists will also play seminal albums front-to-back, including Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle), Rancid (…And Out Come the Wolves), Ice Cube (Straight Outta Compton), and The Academy Is… (Almost Here). See the whole lineup here.
This year is Riot Fest’s first in Douglas Park, where it moved after Humboldt Park residents spoke out against its return in April (charges included damaged parkland, dead birds, clogged cell service, crowded busses, and surge-priced Ubers). Consequently, 2015 could be Riot Fest’s last year in Chicago altogether: Mayor Emanuel has said he’ll boot the festival if it fails to mesh with its new neighbors—ironic, since he’s given Lollapalooza exclusive access to Grant Park, the city’s only nonresidential park big enough to hold Riot Fest’s carnival rides. (Rahm’s brother Ari, by the way, is a co-owner of Lolla.)
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