Live Review: Riot Fest 2015 in Chicago

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Faith No More Riot Fest 2015 Mike Patton 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

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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

 


Steph

Music lover and danceaholic. Contributing writer since 2011. Cut my teeth on ska and punk shows in a church hall, can now be found getting down to everything from funk and deep house to metal. Reach out about whatever makes you dance like a monkey.

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