September 24, 2022

Riot Fest 2022 proved to be a joyful musical social gathering, that includes all of your misfit mates and a invoice stacked with almost 100 of your favourite punk, rock, industrial, indie, and hip hop artists. The competition befell over three days (September Sixteenth-18th) at Chicago’s Douglass Park.

This 12 months’s lineup not solely featured rock’s elder statespeople, but additionally the artists they influenced. The place else might you see Glenn Danzig headline one evening at 67 years outdated and the youngsters of the Linda Lindas play the subsequent afternoon?

Friday’s sunny climate matched the temper. “That is the most effective day of my life, and I hope it’s your finest day too,” mentioned Anberlin frontman Stephen Christian. The Florida alt-rockers provided a high-energy set that kicked off with “By no means Take Friendship Private,” conjuring many circle pits. On the Radicals Stage, a technical delay didn’t spoil the nice vibes for Jeff Rosenstock followers. They sang alongside to Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” and Chic’s “Santeria” whereas they waited. The band ripped via a barrage of songs from every of Rosenstock’s 4 albums to the group’s delight, fittingly kicking off with “NO TIME.”

“I’m not a cool man anymore,” declares Descendents singer Milo Aukerman as he sang “Coolidge” whereas joking about his prescription sun shades and sporting a water bottle strapped to his chest. Delivering greater than 20 songs in a set that ranged from their iconic 1982 debut Milo Goes to School to their 2021 LP ninth & Walnut, Descendents proved they’re nonetheless very cool.

On the comfortable Insurgent Stage, Cloud Nothings carried out one of many day’s hardest-rocking units ,together with taking part in “Separation” for the primary time since 2013. As evening fell, Riot Fest veterans Taking Again Sunday obtained the emo followers dancing as Adam Lazzara vamped on stage swinging the microphone round his neck. Chicago natives Alkaline Trio took a second throughout their set to admire town’s skyline. “I’ve by no means seen Chicago look so stunning,” mused Matt Skiba.

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