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Punkfork: Riot Fest Takes Humboldt Park

"As reported here Monday, the eighth annual Riot Fest will take place in Humboldt Park from Sept. 14 to 16, as well as its usual venue, the decaying Congress Theatre," Jim DeRogatis writes on his Pop N Stuff WBEZ blog. "Now it's tapped some of the biggest names yet for its raucous stages.

"Included in the first round of acts announced by promoters: Rise Against, Iggy and the Stooges, Elvis Costello, the Offspring, A Day to Remember, Coheed and Cambria, the Descendents, Gogol Bordello, the Jesus and Mary Chain, the Dropkick Murphys, NOFX, the Gaslight Anthem, the Alkaline Trio, AWOLNATION, the Promise Ring, Gwar, August Burns Red, Frank Turner, Built to Spill, Less Than Jake, Reverend Horton Heat, Fishbone, NOBUNY, A Wilhelm Scream, Screaming Females, Teenage Bottlerocket, Off With Their Heads, Deals Gone Bad, White Mystery, Larry and His Flask, The Story So Far, Japanther, and reunions from Chiodos and Slapstick."

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DeRo's report picks up this from the Humboldt Park Advisory Council's blog:

"This is a big development for the park, since it hasn't hosted any music festivals of this scale in recent memory."

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Here's the ticket information from Riot Fest's website.

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"Riot Fest surreptitiously dropped a bomb with last night's announcement that its 2012 incarnation would be its most ambitious yet," Tankboy writes at Chicagoist.

"[T]o those who have been complaining that our concert festival season has stopped yielding surprises as the institutions have grown we offer this as proof that you can still switch it up and catch everyone pleasantly offguard."

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Here's the gig poster:

riotfest2012poster.jpg

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Posted on May 15, 2012


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