Chicago’s Riot Fest & Carnival has announced it’s first wave of bands to play its flagship festival onSept. 11-13, 2015 in Douglas Park. Three-Day passes for the event are now on sale.

No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Motörhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube & Guests, Alkaline Trio, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Flogging Molly, Slightly Stoopid, L7, Alexisonfire, Thrice, The Dirty Heads, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, The Academy Is…, The Lawrence Arms, Kongos, Cypress Hill, Echo & The Bunnymen, Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band, The Devil Wears Prada, Yelawolf, Pennywise, The Airborne Toxic Event, Manchester Orchestra, Eagles Of Death Metal, Anthrax, 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, The Dead Milkmen, FIDLAR, Atreyu, Millencolin, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Lee Scratch Perry, GWAR, Less Than Jake, The Expendables, Living Colour, The 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, The Dwarves, Tommy Stinson, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Real Friends, The Dear Hunter, Kevin Devine, Mustard Plug, The Ataris, Jo Mersa, Into It. Over It., Alvvays, The White Buffalo, Black-Am-I, Skip Marley, Knuckle Puck, Post Malone with FKI, Jazz Cartier, Chef’Special, Marmozets, Modern Life Is War, Fit For Rivals, Barb Wire Dolls, The 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, The Brokedowns, Meat Wave, Psalm One, Northern Faces, Dreamers, Souvenirs, Elway, Indian Handcrafts, Skating Polly, Signals Midwest, Modern Chemis try, Faulkner, Pears, Gateway Drugs, Tasha The Amazon, Foxtrott, Twin River, Clowns, Indian School, Die Selloutz, The Municipal Drainage Project & More To Be Announced!!

In addition to the first wave of bands, several artists have confirmed that they’ll be performing their seminal albums for this year’s rendition:
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)

In previous years, Riot Fest has cultivated lineup that feature reunions and rare appearances—and 2015 is no exception. Bands such as Faith No More, Drive Like Jehu, L7, Alexisonfire, Babes in Toyland, Thrice and The Academy Is…, Mest and The Movielife will be making reunion appearances at Riot Fest & Carnival. Moreover, rare appearances by the Godfather of punk Iggy Pop, Bootsy Collins, Merle Haggard, Lee Scratch Perry, The Damned and more give 2015’s edition it’s unique feel.

In the coming weeks Riot Fest will be making announcements regarding additions to the lineup, maps of the grounds, more logistical information and the unveiling of the Riot Fest Speaks Stage—a stage programmed and designed for interactive panels in the same spirit as last year’s Pussy Riot Panel that was moderated by Henry Rollins and included Nadya Tolokonnikova (Pussy Riot), Masha Alekhina (Pussy Riot), Greg Graffin (Bad Religion), Tim McIlrath (Rise Against), Marcelle Karp (Writer/Activist) and Michael Petryshyn (Founder of Riot Fest) as panelists.

Outside of the announced bands, this year’s festival will also include a stage dedicated to The Rock-afire Explosion, considered by many to be the greatest animatronic rock band of all time. In the 1980s it was synonymous with ShowBiz Pizza Place restaurants, for which it was specifically designed. Combined with a full carnival (rides and games), a circus tent featuring the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue, a miniature golf course, a video arcade hall, dozens upon dozens of unique and diverse food vendors that rival Taste of Chicago and more attractions to be announced in the coming weeks, Riot Fest’s 11th annual Chicago event might be the best event the organizers have produced to date.


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