Riot Fest Chicago
For anyone that doesn't know: Riot Fest is a music festival that started in 2005 as a multi-venue event in Chicago. Since then, it has grown to be a destination festival and separate festivals were added in Denver and Toronto. Known for hosting band reunions and full-album sets, every year offers something that you don’t want to miss.
This year, Riot Fest made the unthinkable happen and brought together the original Misfits to headline the Denver and Chicago weekends. With other recognizable acts like Brand New, Deftones, Dee Snider, Morrissey, The Flaming Lips, and many more; we were very fortunate to have the opportunity to cover the festival.
As I arrived at Douglas Park on day one of the three day festival, I took the time to just enjoy where I was at. I left my camera at the hotel and wanted to take it all in. With some great performances throughout the day from Set Your Goals, All Time Low, GWAR, and The Flaming Lips; I am really glad I just spent the day enjoying the music rather than running back and forth between stages to get pictures.
Day 2: After an eventful first day, the real fun was about to begin. Morrissey was headlining and some very recognizable names were scheduled to hit the stage. Day two was going to be a packed day.
The stage that played host to all the pop punk bands on day one, now became the go-to spot for the best hip hop at the festival. Starting off with an awesome, from the heart, rapper Dee-1; and closing out the night would be Method Man & Redman and NAS. Across the park, on the main stages, Brand New had the whole place singing, Fitz and the Tantrums brought the dance party, Motion City Soundtrack played one of their final shows, and Morrissey (despite being 30 minutes late to the stage) shut down all food vendors serving meat and the bars stopped serving alcohol.
Day 3: As the sun rose over the the empty festival, line had already started forming at the gates. Day three was what everyone was waiting for, the original Misfits. It was the hottest day of the whole festival for sure, with no breeze or clouds to help either. By the time I arrived at the venue, there were already as many people inside as there were at the end of day one. of the fest. Which didn't surprise me at all. With a lineup including Deftones, Underoath, Dee Snider, Bad Religion, Thursday, Rob Zombie, and Billy Talent; who wouldn't want to get there early? I also expected to see people camping out along the barrier in front of the Riot stage, where Misfits would eventually play in front of tens of thousands of people.