Riot Fest began in 2005 as an indoor festival designed to pay tribute to punk rock, but it has grown each year and blossomed into one of the nation’s biggest, and most anticipated, outdoor rock festivals. 

This year’s events will take place September 16-18 in Chicago’s Douglass Park. 

My Chemical Romance will headline the Friday festivities, with the original Misfits lineup  performing their debut album Walk Among Us headlining Saturday, and Nine Inch Nails finishing things up on Sunday. Other notable names amongst the hundred or so bands already booked include Ice Cube, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Bleachers, Sleater-Kinney, Jimmy Eat World, Yellowcard, Bauhaus, Alkaline Trio, Portugal. The Man, Descendents, and Placebo

Single-day, two-day and three-day tickets are available at

Sunny Day Real Estate reunite

Sunny Day Real Estate is also on the list of bands for Riot Fest, reuniting for the first time in 12 years for a large-scale 2022 North American tour. 

Original vocalist/guitarist Jeremy Enigk, guitarist Dan Hoerner, and drummer William Goldsmith will be performing with additional musicians on a 25-date tour that also includes a stop at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit on Sept. 18 and the House of Blues in Cleveland on Sept. 27. 

Support for the tour will come from The Appleseed Cast.

Pumpkins, Addiction partner

Chicago natives Smashing Pumpkins aren’t scheduled to play Riot Fest, but are touring and will be joined by Jane’s Addiction for the Spirits on Fire Tour, beginning in October. 

The Smashing Pumpkins have sold over 16 million albums, with Siamese Dream, Mellon Collie and the Infinite Sadness, and Adore  creating the most sales, while Jane’s Addiction’s first two albums, Nothing’s Shocking and Ritual de lo Habitual make up the bulk of their hits. 

Poppy will open things up when the pair of legendary bands make their way to Cleveland’s Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse on Oct. 29, Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on Nov. 2 and Chicago’s United Center on Nov. 5.

Country icons join Judds tour

When Naomi Judd tragically passed away a couple of weeks ago, it was assumed The Judds reunion tour would be cancelled. But, as Freddie Mercury once proclaimed, “the show must go on.” 

The Judds: Final Tour will take place with a cavalcade of music superstars that includes Brandi Carlile, Faith Hill, Little Big Town, Martina McBride, Ashley McBryde, Trisha Yearwood, and others joining the tour.  

“I am humbled, once again, by the loyalty of the fans who have been with us for 38-plus years, who continue to show up for me when I need them the most,” said the other half of The Judds, Wynonna Judd. “I am grateful that we will continue to honor The Judds legacy, together.” 

The 11-date arena tour will kick-off  at Van Andel Arena in Grand Rapids on Sept. 30 and head to Toledo’s Huntington Center on Oct. 1.

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