Riot Fest celebrates 15 years with TBS, Neck Deep, Slayer, blink-182, more
Another Riot Fest has come and gone, but this year’s marked an extra special milestone as the event threw its 15th punk-rock festivities.
It went big this year, even past its lineup including schedule-wrapped beer cans and the return of Punk Rock & Paintbrushes. The latter hosted artwork from Tim Armstrong (Rancid), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Matt Skiba (blink-182, Alkaline Trio), Jim Lindberg (Pennywise) and more.
The festival continued its tradition of full album performances including Senses Fail (From the Depths Of Dreams and Let It Enfold You), Against Me! (Reinventing Axl Rose and Transgender Dysphoria Blues), Glassjaw (Worship And Tribute) and more.
blink-182 made their Riot Fest return Friday night after being forced to cancel the previous year, playing through Enema Of The State and a plethora of other hits. Earlier in the evening, the Flaming Lips delivered a full performance of Yoshimi Battles The Pink Robot, while Dashboard Confessional played through The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most.
The Get Up Kids performed one of their first shows since parting ways with James Dewees, and Neck Deep took a break from their U.S. run with blink and Lil Wayne to rock the Riot Stage. Can’t Swim, Pennywise and Pkew Pkew Pkew also took the stage for energetic sets Friday.
On Saturday, hometown heroes Rise Against hit the stage followed shortly after by Bloc Party playing Silent Alarm in full across the festival grounds. grandson jumped off his tour with nothing,nowhere. one day after releasing a modern tragedy vol. 3 to inspire and entertain the Riot Fest crowd. PVRIS, Masked Intruder and Save Ferris also delivered high-energy sets, whereas Slayer played their final Chicago and Milwaukee show.
Less Than Jake, the Starting Line and This Wild Life rocked through sets Sunday. As the festival came to a close, Riot Fest regulars Taking Back Sunday continued to celebrate their 20th anniversary by playing through Tell All Your Friends and Louder Now in full.
If you’re having serious FOMO, then don’t sweat because the Chicago festival has already announced next year’s dates: Sept. 11-13. In the meantime, check out all of the Riot Fest 2019 performances that you missed below captured by Ryan Bakerink.
[Photos by: Ryan Bakerink]