Riot Fest Chicago Begins Today


I really wish I had the money to attend, but alas life college loans kick me in the pants again.

Here’s the map of the event:

Man this looks like so much fun; all rights to Riot Fest. I own nothing.

Man this looks like so much fun; all rights to Riot Fest. I own nothing.

But if I WERE THERE! Here are the bands I would definitely see, maybe see, give a chance to, and would skip.

(I realize there’s a schedule for each day, but for the sake of this post let’s just assume every band is performing on one day and I will be able to see them all! Huzzah!)

Now before I begin, if a band you happen to like is in the ‘Would Skip’ category please let me know in the comments why you think they deserve to be in another category. These are not in alphabetical order, nor are they ranked.

Definitely See:

  • Taking Back Sunday (Obviously the first on my list!)
  • Brand New
  • Blink-182
  • AFI
  • Fall Out Boy
  • Pixies
  • Pierce The Veil
  • All Time Low
  • DeVotchKa
  • Andrew W.K. (This would be awesome)
  • New Beat Fund
  • Danzig
  • Public Enemy (This would be surreal; I’m not sure how good it’d be but like I said SURREAL!)
  • Saves the Day
  • Maps & Atlases (Never heard of this band, but since I love geography I have to go see them)
  • Rocket From The Crypt
  • The Wonder Years

Maybe See:

  • Bayside
  • Bad Religion
  • The Replacements
  • X
  • Touche Amore
  • Memphis May Fire
  • Chuck Ragan
  • Dinosaur Jr.
  • Direct Hit!
  • Environmental Encroachment
  • Mission of Burma
  • Saul Williams
  • Sublime with Rome
  • The Broadways
  • The Crombies
  • The Interrupters
  • The Silks

Give a chance:

  • The Sidekicks
  • Twin Peaks
  • Violent Femmes
  • Against Me!
  • Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
  • Kitten
  • Off With Their Heads
  • On Your Marx
  • Atmosphere
  • The Lawrence Arms
  • The Lillingtons
  • Bad Books
  • Best Coast
  • Bob Mould
  • Deal’s Gone Bad
  • Dessa
  • Mephiskapheles
  • Nativ
  • Quicksand
  • Radkey
  • Smoking Popes
  • White Mystery

Would Skip:

  • Devil Wears Prada
  • Rancid
  • Pennywise
  • Blondie
  • Dear hunter
  • Flag
  • GWAR
  • Hatebreed
  • Flatfoot 56
  • Peelander-Z
  • Pet Symmetry
  • Hostage Calm
  • Implants
  • Glassjaw
  • Guided By Voices
  • Gunner’s Daughter
  • Last False Hope
  • Masked Intruder
  • Reggie and the Full Effect
  • Screeching Weasel
  • Selecter
  • Stars
  • Suicidal Tendencies
  • Surfer Blood
  • T.S.O.L.
  • The Dismemberment Plan
  • The Flatliners

I am by no means taking away the talent of any of the bands that I would skip, but I just would not go see those bands when put up against the myriad bands that are listed.

Which bands would you go watch if you were attending Riot Fest in Chicago?

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