Riot Fest is annually one of my favorite weekends in Chicago, and among the country’s most unique music festivals. Although it has grown from a small, multi-venue event into a full-blown destination festival, Riot Fest manages to maintain an outsider, DIY spirit. Some festivals are really about radio hits and quirky outfits these days, but Riot Fest continues to focus on the music and draw attendees that do too. The lineup includes up and comers as well as that band you haven’t blasted since driving to high school.
This year, I teamed up with DNAinfo to shoot a series of Riot Fest features. This included daily artist coverage as well as capturing the die-hard Misfits fans that flocked to see the unlikely reunion. And it wouldn’t be Riot Fest without mohawks.
Check out the articles and some of my favorite snaps from the weekend!
Riot Fest Friday
We grooved to Damien Marley and Jimmy Eat World, saluted the return of Ween, and got weird with the Flaming Lips.
Riot Fest Saturday
The Hives hurled the weekend’s most high-energy set and Morrissey banned the sale of meat.
Riot Fest Sunday
Andrew W.K. did his thing, the Julie Ruin still rules, and the Deftones win for loudest set. Oh yeah, the Misfits played!
The Misfits Reunite
Fans traveled far and wide to see the original Misfits lineup reunite for the second time in 33 years.
A Hair-Raising Weekend
Coifs of every color and style were seen in Douglas park this weekend. No telling how many cans of hair spray were harmed in the making of these mohawks.
What’s the ultimate proof of fandom? labeling your music allegiance with a tattoo.
Who do you hope to see at Riot Fest 2017?