Live Review: Riot Fest 2015 in Chicago

Tens of thousands descended upon Douglas Park last weekend for the 2015 edition of Riot Fest, braving rain and a whole lot of mud to see an absolutely stacked lineup of music ranging from punk to reggae to metal to funk. Despite mucked up shoes and odd logistical issues, Riot Fest was absolutely worth the battle with the elements, or in my case the there-and-right-back journey from Los Angeles.

While our preview of the festival didn’t address headliners (as you know damn well who they are), acts across the spectrum made amazing appearances throughout the weekend. Here are photos from some of our favorite acts, although this hardly does justice to the talent at this weekend’s event.

Friday

Dirty Fences, these rockers from NYC started the afternoon off strong

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Angelo Moore Fishbone Riot Fest Chicago 2015 Review Festival
Angelo Moore
Fishbone Guitarist Rocky George Chicago Riot Fest 2015 Review
Rocky George
Fishbone Horn Player Dirty Walter Kibby III Chicago Riot Fest 2015 Review
“Dirty” Walter Kibby III
Jay Armant Fishbone Trombone Riot Fest Chicago 2015 Review Festival
Jay Armant

Angelo Moore Fishbone Riot Fest Chicago 2015 Review Festival

Eagles of Death Metal

Jesse Hughes Eagles of Death Metal Riot Fest Chicago 2015 Review Festival
Jesse Hughes
Eagles of Death Metal Dave Catching Riot Fest Chicago 2015 Review Festival
Dave Catching

Coheed and Cambria

Claudio Sanchez Coheed and Cambria Guitarist Riot Fest Review Rabbits Black Chicago
Claudio Sanchez

Dirty Heads

Dirty Heads Jared Dirty J Watson Jon Olazabal Riot Fest 2015 Review Rabbits Black Chicago
Jared “Dirty J” Watson and Jon Olazabal
Dirty Heads Jared Dirty J Watson Dustin Duddy B Bushnell Riot Fest 2015 Review Rabbits Black Chicago
Dirty J and Dustin “Duddy B” Bushnell
Dirty Heads Crowd Roots Stage Riot Fest 2015 Review Rabbits Black Chicago
Roots Stage crowd for Dirty Heads

Flogging Molly

Flogging Molly Dave King Riot Fest 2015 Review Rabbits Black Chicago
Dave King

 

Flogging Molly Nathen Maxwell Bassist Riot Fest 2015 Review Rabbits Black Chicago
Nathen Maxwell
Riot Fest 2015 Crowd Surfer Chicago
Crowd Surfer

Anthrax

Anthrax Riot Fest 2015 Crowd Chicago
Faith No More

Faith No More Riot Fest 2015 Mike Patton Chicago
Mike Patton
Faith No More Riot Fest 2015 Roddy Bottum Chicago
Roddy Bottum

No Doubt

No Doubt Riot Fest 2015 Chicago Review

No Doubt Gwen Stefani Riot Fest 2015 Chicago Review
Gwen Stefani
No Doubt Tom Dumont Riot Fest 2015 Chicago Review
Tom Dumont
No Doubt Gwen Stefani Riot Fest 2015 Chicago Review
Gwen Stefani shedding the restraints of the patriarchy and gravity during “I’m Just A Girl”

Saturday

Gwar

 

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