Riot Fest Announces Hourly Schedules Sept 15-17, at Douglass Park in Chicago
Foo Fighters, The Postal Service/Death Cab for Cutie and The Cure Headline
Riot Fest has announced the daily/hourly schedules for 2023, with Foo Fighters headlining Friday and The Cure closing out the fest on Sunday, they’ll play mammoth two hour sets.
On Saturday, both of Ben Gibbard’s bands, The Postal Service and Death Cab For Cutie will play full album plays of “Give Up” and “Transatlanticism” respectively. This marks the first live show for The Postal Service in over 10 years! This stellar array of top-billed talent will be rounded out by Queens of the Stone Age, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, The Used, Insane Clown Posse, Sleep Token, Turnstile, The Mars Volta, Mr. Bungle, Tegan and Sara, 100 Gecs, The Gaslight Anthem, Death Grips, AFI and dozens of other fan favorites (full list below). Since the Death Cab for Cutie/The Postal Service show at Salt Shed sold out, Riot Fest is the place to see them live.
Riot Fest has presented nearly 20 years of incredible musical performances, exclusive reunions, and more—including freak shows, Lucha Libre, panel discussions and late night shows, creating unique annual weekend experiences in one of the world’s greatest cities. For 2023, along with the return of carnival rides and last year’s hugely popular wedding chapel, Logan Arcade will be on hand with free vintage arcade games, hosted by Riot Pop!!. Riot Fest takes place in Douglass Park, a scenic, historic park easily accessible on Chicago train and bus lines. In addition to Riot Fest’s music, rides and other attractions, Douglass Park is surrounded by diverse neighborhoods rich in culture, excellent food and drink options and more.
About Riot Fest
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. Riot Fest is independently owned and curated with quirky, original attractions; in 2016, it was named #1 Music Festival by USA Today twice, 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.