The 10th annual Riot Fest Chicago is about a week away. This will be the third year it is held in beautiful Humboldt Park. The lineup is as strong as the previous two years and I wanted to highlight a few of the bands I think you should check out.
1. Circa Survive – 4:00pm Riot Stage
This won’t be the last time I mention Anthony Green in these Riot Fest posts and with good reason. He’s one of the best frontmen in the scene. His stage presence and vocals combined with the band’s incredibly tight playing will make this one of the highlights of the weekend. The fact that this won’t be the only time we see him on stage at Riot Fest is beyond a treat.
2. The Hotelier – 5:00pm Revolt Stage
The Hotelier, pronounced The Hotel Year have released possibly the first touchstone album in the age of the “Emo Revival”. This year’s “Home, Like No Place is There” runs a range of emotions so wide you’d think you need a bridge to find your way back. Luckily the album ends in cyclical sort of way. I know this might be confusing but you should really just listen to it. I expect their performance at Riot Fest to leave me feeling the same way.
3. Failure – 5:15pm Riot Stage
I first heard Failure while working at a College radio station. Their songs got stuck in my head but I wasn’t in love. But every once in a while I would think of those songs and before I knew it the band had disappeared. I never thought I would get to see them live but at Riot Fest dreams come true. If you’ve never heard “Stuck on You” there must be something wrong with you. Go listen to it, now!
4. Pianos Become the Teeth – 7:00pm Revolt Stage
One of the most intense bands on the planet. To miss this set would be to miss almost the entire point of going to a music festival. Seriously.
5. Title Fight – 3:30pm Roots Stage
Title Fight isn’t quite a hardcore band. Not quite an alternative rock band. I’m not quite sure what they are. I don’t think they do either. Either way they’re a passionate band that is sure to bring a great performance to Riot Fest Chicago.