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Riot Fest 2018 dates & holiday presale

Riot Fest returns to Chicago in September, 2018.

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Riot Fest 2017 - Sunday
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Paramore’s Hayley Williams covered Jawbreaker’s “Accident Prone” (watch)

At Riot Fest this past weekend, Paramore played right before the reunited Jawbreaker headlined, and after their set, Hayley Williams encouraged the crowd to all go watch them. She also showed her Jawbreaker love with a cover...

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Riot Fest 2017 - Sunday
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Riot Fest 2017 day 3 pics (Paramore, MIA, Dino Jr, Built to Spill, Say Anything, more)

In addition to Jawbreaker and Cap'n Jazz, Riot Fest Sunday included Paramore, Dinosaur Jr (playing You're Living All Over Me), Built to Spill (playing Keep It Like A Secret), Prophets of Rage, TV on the Radio, GWAR, and more...

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Riot Fest 2017 - Sunday
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Cap’n Jazz played Riot Fest (review, pics, video)

Jawbreaker wasn't the only highly anticipated emo/punk reunion at Riot Fest 2017. Two slots before them on the same stage was Cap'n Jazz, who broke up one year before Jawbreaker and are back for a few shows, which are their first since a brief 2010 reunion and might be their last.

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Jawbreaker
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Jawbreaker made a triumphant return at Riot Fest (review, pics, videos, setlist)

Could Jawbreaker really jump from not being a band to headlining a festival? The answer, it turned out, was a resounding "yes."

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Riot Fest 2017 - Saturday
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Riot Fest 2017 Saturday pics/recaps (Danzig, Dead Cross, Wu-Tang, more)

In addition to At the Drive In and Queens of the Stone Age, day two of Riot Fest included Danzig playing 'How the Gods Kill,' Mike Patton and Dave Lombardo's Dead Cross, Gogol Bordello, Wu-Tang playing '36 Chambers,' Taking Back Sunday and much more...

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Riot Fest 2017 - Saturday
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Queens of the Stone Age brought the feel good hits to Riot Fest (review, setlist, pics)

From their sharp outfits to their polished instruments to the visuals and their massive-sounding performance, everything about QOTSA was so professional.

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Riot Fest 2017 - Saturday
photo by Aaron Peipert
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Review: At the Drive In rocked Riot Fest 2017 (pics, videos)

At the Drive In rocked as hard and wild as ever with their 'Relationship of Command'-heavy set at Riot Fest.

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Riot Fest 2017 - Friday
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more Riot Fest 2017 Friday pics (Vic Mensa, X, Death from Above, more)

Riot Fest kicked off its 2017 edition with sets from New Order, Ministry, Vic Mensa, X, Liars, The Hotelier, Death from Above, The Cribs, Tobacco, and more. We posted a recap and photos from Friday at Riot Fest, and here's a second set of pictures.

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Riot Fest 2017 - Friday
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Riot Fest 2017 Friday pics/recap (NIN, New Order, Buzzcocks, Ministry, more)

We've already applauded Chicago's Riot Fest 2017 for its stacked lineup, but praise is also due for its schedule. Of the festival's five stages, the two main stages (Riot Stage and Roots Stage) are right next to each other, meaning you're never waiting around for music to start and you hardly have to move...

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