By Jay Tilles
Last week Riot Fest announced slightly more compact and yet still impressive rosters for their Toronto and Denver shows, both headlined by The Cure. Book-ending the Chicago festival, Toronto’s Riot Fest & Expo is set for Sept. 6-7 at Downsview Park and Denver’s Riot Fest & Sideshow takes over May Farms Sept. 19-21.
The three-day festival returns to Humboldt Park Sept. 12-14.
Dwarfing the lineup of its sister festivals, the Chicago lineup also features sets from Jane’s Addiction, The National, Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, The Offspring, Cheap Trick and Pussy Riot (see poster below).
There will also be a number of reunions including Samhain, Blue Meanies, Saosin with Anthony Green, Failure (previously reunited), RX Bandits and Mineral, as well as “special appearances” by Paul Weller, C**k Sparrer, Mudhoney, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, Gwar, and Thurston Moore.
In addition to music and carnival rides, festival will include interactive panels including a discussion with Russian conceptual artists and formerly-imprisoned activists, Pussy Riot‘s Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina.
Full line-ups and ticket details available now on the Riot Fest website.