Riot Fest (Chicago, IL)

Joel Voorman

Oh, my, my. Oh, hell yes! No, the ghost of Tom Petty isn’t going to be at Riot Fest, but that would play second fiddle to this powerhouse lineup anyway!

My kind of town, Chicago is! And, it’s also the hometown of Night One headliners, The Smashing Pumpkins. CleveRock caught these alt-rock Gods on the road in 2019, and, damn, they are STILL one of the best in the biz. Expect them to kick it into an even higher gear (if there is such a thing for them) at their hometown festival.

Also on Friday? How about sets from Dinosaur Jr, Dirty Heads, and somewhat-recently reformed Motion City Sooundtrack!

Run The Jewels, Faith No More, and Rancid are set to blow the metaphorical roof of on Saturday, with earlier sets from CleveRock favorites Gogol Bordello, Bayside, and The Mighty Mighty Bosstones.

Sunday, Sunday, Sunday! My God, Sunday. Single-day passes are already sold the F*** out. And, why wouldn’t they be? It will be one of just a handful of appearances from Nine Inch Nails in 2021, along with rock legends, The Pixies, and two artists who call Northeast Ohio home, Machine Gun Kelly and DEVO!

Don’t forget to keep the party going at the Late Night Shows (separate tix required!)

With a shitty Lollapalooza lineup this year, Riot Fest is hands down the reigning champ in the Windy City this year.


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UPDATE: ONLY SINGLE DAY PASSES FOR FRIDAY AND SATURDAY REMAIN!! SUNDAY PASSES AND 3-DAY = SOLD OUT!! Single day GA: $125; Single day VIP: $180; Single day Deluxe: $400 (plus fees). GET THEM WHILE YOU CAN! YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!

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