Written By Braddon S. Williams aka “The Concert Critic”
Riot Fest finally returned after a veritable eternity of waiting that included an agonizing number of cancellations and substitutions of major bands. The long running Chicago showcase of musical diversity celebrated its 16th anniversary (once again in Douglas Park), providing four days of entertainment spread out across five stages, virtually guaranteeing that no two attendees have the exact same experience. When all was said and done, it was well worth the wait, and Riot Fest 2021 resulted in a marriage, new friends, tons of smiles, laughs, and unforgettable performances. I will be writing a separate review for each day of the festival in order to spotlight the major events as they happened.
The performers for Riot Fest 2021:
Thursday – Morrissey, Alkaline Trio, Patti Smith And Her Band, Joyce Manor, WDRL, Kristeen Young.
Friday – The Smashing Pumpkins, NOFX, Lupe Fiasco, Coheed And Cambria, Circle Jerks, Dirty Heads, Beach Bunny, Motion City Soundtrack, Thrice, The Lawrence Arms, Sublime With Rome, Eyedress, Pinegrove, Circa Survive, Anti-Flag, Living Colour, Beach Goons, Meg Myers, The Sounds, Radkey, Fishbone, Kississippi, Envy On The Coast, Oxymorrons, Amigo The Devil, Jackie Hayes, Meet Me @ The Altar, Seratones, Girlpuppy, Senor King.
Saturday – Run The Jewels, Rise Against, Taking Back Sunday, Dropkick Murphys, Andrew W.K., Vic Mensa, Gogol Bordello, Mayday Parade, Rancid, Bayside, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, The Bollweevils, Best Coast, Les Savy Fav, State Champs, Hepcat, Ganser, Big Freedia, Joywave, Four Year Strong, GWAR, Night Moves, Just Friends, Man On Man, Citizen, The Bronx, Bearings, Action/Adventure, Spider, The Orphan The Poet, Devon Kay & The Solutions.
Sunday – Slipknot, The Flaming Lips, NewFound Glory, Machine Gun Kelly, The Weak Days, Devo, Anthrax, Knuckle Puck, The Ghost Inside, Ratboys, Body Count, K. Flay, Thursday, Simple Plan, Bleached, Health, Alex G, The Bled, Fever 333, Melkbelly, Facs, The Gories, Mother Mother, KennyHoopla, Gymshorts, 3OH!3, BLACKSTARKIDS, Airstream Futures, Pet Symmetry.