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THIS IS WHY WE LOVE RIOTFEST!

Summer may be winding down in the Windy City, but the thermostat continues to rise in anticipation of Riotfest’s return to Humboldt Park in Chicago. The calm, picturesque, tree-filled park and neighborhood will once more be transformed into an energy-filled, alcohol-fueled, rambunctious mix of five stages of live music, carnival rides and some of Chicago’s best food trucks. With an ever-growing lineup of more than 80 bands from classic to modern punk, old school to new school, and everything in between, the bill has rapidly expanded in recent years since its inception in Chicago in 2005.

After a three year hiatus, Chicago’s own Fallout Boy will be stopping by for the hometown, headlining on Friday night and pushing their new album. “Yeah, first off playing Chicago is awesome. It always feels like a welcome back every time we play,” says front man Pete Wentz. “The festival itself is so cool. There are so many awesome bands there…I‘d like to see Quicksand, Flag, The Replacements, Rocket from the Crypt, our friends in Blink 182. It’s a good festival to be part of and a cool festival to be associated with and we are really looking forward to be part of it.” Fallout Boy is no stranger to Chicago music festivals, “I think Chicago seems to do a good job at festivals; by expanding, better bands, bigger bands.” With this year’s expanded lineup for Riotfest, we couldn’t agree more, Pete!

A festival known for its penchant to reunite bands, Riotfest 2013 doesn’t look like it will disappoint. The Replacements re-popped their concert cherry after a 22 year break last week at Riotfest Toronto and will take up the main stage for the final night of the music fest. The Pixies were added to the lineup in mid-July, replacing Motörhead after members failing health caused the band to backdrop out of the festival. This show will be first live performance for The Pixies in more than 2 years and will be an early kick off to a European tour later this year. Rumor has it there might even be a new song that comes out of the get together; it would be only the second new song in 20 years.

Other noteworthy performances to come include: Blink 182 closing on Saturday night, Blondie, Against Me!, Rancid, Violent Femmes, Sublime with Rome, GWAR, The Devil Wears Prada, Peelander-z and so many more. And don’t think the ride is over just because the carnival rides close at the end of the night! There is a full line up of official after shows scheduled at other (indoor) local venues.

Full lineup and ticket information on the festival and after-shows are available at www.riotfest.org. Tickets for the festival are still available in limited quantities. Since you wouldn’t want to miss this, we suggest you head over there now and pick some up and we will see you Sept 13-15 for Riotfest Chicago 2013!

-Cara Campbell

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