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Riot Fest’s 2014 Lineups Are Everything A Rock Fan Could Wish For

Written by Nastassia Baroni on May 14, 2014

Punk and alt rock extravaganza Riot Fest has revealed hugely impressive lineups for its Chicago and Denver festivals, which once again has many of us seething at our unavoidable geographical handicap. Key players on this year’s bill include the incomparable The Cure, Jane’s Addiction, The National, Rise Against, Slayer and the Wu-Tang Clan.

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, the Chicago instalment of the festival will take place September 12-14, sandwiched between two other Riot Fests, in Toronto on September 6-7 and Denver on September 19-21. The Cure will be headlining all three.

Other notable acts include some of the biggest names from the entire history of the punk and rock scenes. The Flaming Lips are named on the bill, as well as Weezer, The Offspring, Patti Smith, Thurston Moore, The Afghan Whigs, Superchunk, GWAR, Kurt Vile, Mastodon, Metric, The Dandy Warhols plus Macaulay Culkin‘s all-pizza-related Velvet Underground tribute band, The Pizza Underground.

Also scheduled to appear are Pussy Riot members and activists Nadya Tolokonnikova and Masha Alekhina who are expected to participate in an “interactive panel discussion.” Riot Fest first teased the impending lineup announcement with a short black and white video of a family sitting around the radio, featuring song snippets from Social Distortion, Taking Back Sunday and Descendents.

Tickets to all three festivals are now available through the festival’s website. A press release notes that even more bands will be announced soon.

Watch: Riot Fest Teaser

Riot Fest Teaser from Riot Fest on Vimeo.

Riot Fest Chicago 2014 Lineup

The Cure
Jane’s Addiction
The National
Rise Against
Weezer
The Flaming Lips
Social Distortion
Slayer
The Offspring
Wu-Tang Clan
Descendents
Tegan and Sara
Metric
Samhain
Cheap Trick
Pussy Riot (Nadya Tolokonnikova & Masha Alekhina)
Patti Smith
Taking Back Sunday
Die Antwoord
City and Colour
Paul Weller
The Used
Bring Me The Horizon
NOFX
Dropkick Murphys
Gogol Bordello
Of Mice & Men
Mastodon
The Afghan Whigs
Naked Raygun
Cock Sparrer
Dashboard Confessional
Superchunk
Billy Bragg
Blue Meanies
Lucero
New Found Glory
Saosin w/ Anthony Green
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
The Murder City Devils
Mudhoney
Failure
Hot Snakes
The Dandy Warhols
Thurston Moore
Circa Survive
The Get Up Kids
Motion City Soundtrack
Me First and the Gimme Gimmes
Streetlight Manifesto
Clutch
GWAR
Buzzcocks
Andrew W.K.
Bouncing Souls
Stiff Little Fingers
Face to Face
Kurt Vile & The Violators
Marky Ramone w/ the Bouncing Souls
Wavves
Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears
We Came As Romans
Senses Fail
The Orwells
ALL
Mineral
Title Fight
La Dispute
RX Bandits
Samiam
7 Seconds
Anti-Flag
The Menzingers
The Front Bottoms
Silverstein
Emarosa
Citizen
The World is a Beautiful Place…
Bad Suns
The Pizza Underground
The Hotelier
Nostalghia
In The Valley Below
Radkey
Pianos Become The Teeth
Modern Baseball
I Am the Avalanche
Skaters
Laura Stevenson
Cerebral Ballzy
Red City Radio
PUP
Dads
Show You Suck
The Unlikely Candidates
Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas
My Gold Mask
The Bots
Broncho
The American Scene
Baby Baby
Restorations
Wounds
Plague Vendor
Team Spirit
Somos
Rose’s Pawn Shop
Chumped
Archie Powell & The Exports
Ex Friends
UR Lineup Sux Bro
Ughhh, My Parents Are Here

& more to be announced!!

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