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After finally settling in on a new location, Chicago’s RIOT FEST & CARNIVAL will take place in Douglas Park, September 11-13, 2015. Tonight comes the much-anticipated First Wave Lineup Announcement for this year’s fest, which boasts some big surprises, and like year’s past, features some bands performing seminal albums in their entirety. RIOT FEST might be Chicago’s “second biggest music festival,” but it’s the only one that I care about – and FAITH NO MORE (who revealed their appearance during their recent Chicago stop) would be all that I needed to be on-board, but look at this lineup! THE ROCK-AFIRE EXPLOSION is gonna be there – the house band of ShowBiz Pizza, who I’ve written about multiple times! And the first wave of bands for 2015 are…

Artists in BOLD = Rock Father Picks!

No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Motörhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube and guests, Alkaline Trio, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Flogging Molly, L7, Slightly Stoopid, Alexisonfire, Thrice, Dirty Heads, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, the Academy Is…, the Lawrence Arms, Kongos, Cypress Hill.

Echo & the Bunnymen, Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band, Devil Wears Prada, Yelawolf, Pennywise, Airborne Toxic Event, Manchester Orchestra, AnthraxEagles of Death Metal, De La Soul, the Damned, Andrew McMahon, In the Wilderness, New Politics, Mayday Parade, Jimmy Cliff, Against Me!, Babes in Toyland, OK Go, Bayside, Mest, Andrew W.K., Desaparecidos, the Joy Formidable, Dead Milkmen, FIDLAR, Atreyu, Millencolin, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Lee Scratch Perry, GWAR, Less Than Jake, Expendables.

Living Colour, Thurston Moore Band, Morgan Heritrage, Lifetime, Benjamin Booker, Fishbone, Death, Doomtree, Hum, Tarrus Riley, Mariachi El Bronx, Civ, Joyce Manor, Every Time I Die, the Movielife, Dwarves, Tommy Stinson, Steve Ignorant and Paranoid Visions, Real Friends, Dear Hunter, Kevin Devine, Mustard Plug, the Ataris, Jo Mersa, Into It. Over It., Alvvays, White Buffalo, BlackAmI, Skip Marley, Knuckle Puck, Post Malone with FKI, Jazz Cartier, Chef’Special, Marmozets.

Modern Life is War, Fit For Rivals, Barb Wire Dolls, Coathangers, Flatfoot 56, Teenage Bottlerocket, Prayers, Chon, Counterpunch, Have Mercy, Speedy Ortiz, Superheaven, White Mystery, Foxing, Direct Hit!, Main Attrakionz, Ground Up, Skinny Lister, Beach Slang, Cayetana, Alex Wiley, Heems, Dirty Fences, Blis, Sleep On It, Brokedowns, Meat Wave, Psalm One, Northern Faces, Dreamers, Souvenirs, Elway, Indian Handcrafts, Skating Polly, Signals Midwest, Modern Chemistry, Faulkner, Pears, Gateway Drugs, Tasha the Amazon, Foxtrott, Twin River, Clowns, Indian School, Die Selloutz, Municipal Drainage Project.

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The following artists will perform classic albums in their entirety: Snoop Dogg (Doggystyle), Ice Cube & Guests (Straight Outta Compton Remix), Rancid (… And Out Come The Wolves), The Academy Is… (Almost Here), The Dwarves (Blood Guts and P*ssy)

Stay tuned for further details…

Tickets on-sale at RiotFest.org

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