Riot Fest, one of the longest running independent music festivals, has announced its 2022 lineup with tickets going on sale next week. The three-day festival will return to Douglass Park in Chicago, IL this fall with headliners that include My Chemical Romance, Nine Inch Nails and The Original Misfits performing their debut album Walk Among Us which turned 40 years old this year. Riot Fest will be spread across five stages and features a vast array of music that is rich in punk, indie rock, hip hop, goth, industrial and more.
Attendees will also enjoy reunion sets from Yellowcard (performing their sole 2022 show), The Academy Is… and Midtown—as well as returning punk heroes like Alkaline Trio, Bad Religion, and Descendents, hip-hop acts like Ice Cube and Action Bronson, and fest favorites Sleater-Kinney, Jimmy Eat World, The Front Bottoms, and The Wonder Years. “I think this year’s lineup really speaks to who we are,” says festival founder Mike Petryshyn, “It’s been a minute since we’ve gotten to curate a lineup like this. I’m especially excited for what this is leading into: the stuff that’s happening in the next few weeks, and the years to come.”
Founded in 2005, Riot Fest is an independent music festival featuring the best of punk, rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop, metal, alternative, and just about everything in between. Founder Riot Mike is credited with helping to reunite iconic bands like Naked Raygun, the Replacements, The Original Misfits, and Jawbreaker, among many other reunions—a staple of Riot Fest, alongside full album performances, carnival rides, and the occasional butter sculpture. It was named #1 Music Festival by USA Today, and in 2021 it was voted Best Music Festival in a poll for Chicago Reader. In addition to the festival, Riot Fest promotes shows year-round at a myriad of music venues across Chicago.
Tickets are now on sale for Riot Fest 2022 and can be purchased through the festival’s website here. Options for 1-day, 2-day and 3-day tickets are all available.