Riot Fest 2022 Preview

Last year, festivalgoers wondered whether festivals would be back, but one that was definitely back was Chicago’s Riot Fest, who managed to crush their return even after dealing with...

Last year, festivalgoers wondered whether festivals would be back, but one that was definitely back was Chicago’s Riot Fest, who managed to crush their return even after dealing with acts dropping out. Well, now those acts are finally making it to Douglass Park, Friday-Sunday, September 16th-18th:


Riot Stage

My Chemical Romance, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

One of the most successful emo bands ever, Newark’s own My Chemical Romance (QRO photos) had huge hits such as 2006 concept rock opera The Black Opera, in particular making a star of frontman Gerard Way (QRO photos solo), who forged his own successful solo career (QRO photos at a festival) after the band’s 2013 (including comic book writing, such as the turned-into-a-hit-streaming series The Umbrella Academy). But in 2019, the band announced a reunion – which was most pre-empted by COVID in 2020, including the band’s would-have-been headlining slot at Riot Fest last year. But now they come in full to Douglass Park (QRO photos at a festival) on their big tour (QRO photos the weekend prior).

My Chemical Romance

Taking Back Sunday, 6:20 PM – 7:20 PM

Though the line-up for Amityville’s emo-rockers Taking Back Sunday (QRO photos) has changed since 2002 debut Tell All Your Friends, it returned to the original line-up for 2011’s self-titled album – as well as 2012’s tenth anniversary tour Tell All Your Friends (QRO live review). Since then, the group has shifted and mutated, but is a Riot Fest regular (QRO photos at Riot ’18), playing their eighth Riot!

Taking Back Sunday

Sparta, 4:10 PM – 5:10 PM

When seminal nineties post-hardcore act At the Drive-In broke up in 2001, the band’s guitarist Jim Ward formed the cathartic & epic Sparta. The line-up has changed since then, with hiatuses & reunions, most recently in 2020 with their first record in 14 years, Trust the River. They come to Riot Fest behind this year’s self-titled follow-up.



Aviva, 2:30 PM – 3:00 PM

Carolesdaughter, 12:50 PM – 1:20 PM


Roots Stage


Alkaline Trio, 7:25 PM – 8:25 PM

Chicago’s own reliable punk rockers Alkaline Trio (QRO photos at a festival) return to Riot Fest for a fifth time (QRO photos at Riot Fest ’18), behind recent records This Addiction (QRO review), My Shame Is True, and 2018’s Is This Thing Cursed? (not to mention anniversary release of Damnesia QRO review).

Alkaline Trio

Descendents, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Amid the plethora of indie reunions in the twenty-first century, one of the most welcome has been that of Los Angeles’ Descendents (QRO photos at a festival). One of the seminal punk bands of the eighties, singer/research biochemist Milo Aukerman left the group in 1987, with which the rest of the Descendents recruited a new singer and became ALL, but Aukerman returned in 1995. The group went on hiatus again in 2004, but 2010 saw them return, again – so go see where today’s punk is Descended from (QRO photos), as they come to their sixth Riot Fest (QRO photos at Riot ’19QRO photos at Riot ’16QRO photos at Riot Fest East ’11).


Lagwagon, 3:05 PM – 4:05 PM

It’s now been almost three decades for California punk outfit Lagwagon (QRO live review), and while they’ve never broken into the big-time, have developed a dedicated underground following, and return to Riot Fest (QRO photos at a festival).



Lucky Boys Confusion, 1:25 PM – 2:25 PM

Sincere Engineer, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Lucky Boys Confusion

Rise Stage


Portugal. The Man, 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Riot Fest draws from very farther up north with Alaska/Portland’s Portugal. The Man (QRO photos at a festival). The rambling grunge outfit garnered new fans with 2007 sophomore release Church Mouth (QRO review), and its unhinged alt-rock (QRO live review), though slipped somewhat since then, even while finally playing Europe (QRO photos at a European festival) and becoming a festival favorite (QRO photos at a festival).

Their major label debut In the Mountain In the Cloud (QRO review) was more psych-lite, but they still bring it live (QRO live review), and even went Down Under (QRO photos at a festival) after 2013’s release of follow-up Evil Friends (QRO review), hitting both the festival circuit (QRO photos at a 2013 festival) and live gigs (QRO 2013 live review). They come to Tampa (QRO photos at a festival) touring 2017’s hit Woodstock (QRO review), which has vaunted them in popularity (QRO photos at a 2018 festival) thanks to big, Grammy-winning hit, “Feel It Still”. Now they’re back on the road (QRO photos at a festival just before everything shut down) and finally come to Riot Fest (QRO photos at a festival earlier this month).

Portugal. The Man

Rocket From the Crypt, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Rocket From the Crypt (QRO photos) broke out of San Diego just as punk was breaking worldwide in the early nineties – MTV VJ Kennedy had a tattoo of their logo on her ankle, and what’s more early nineties than ‘MTV VJ Kennedy’?… The group underwent some line-up and label changes before breaking up in 2005, but was reunited six years later on Yo Gabba Gabba!. It took another couple of years for the group to get a full reunion tour, but 2013 saw it with first a European & Asian tour, then North America – including Riot Fest Toronto (QRO photo at Riot Fest Toronto ’13). They have kept going (QRO photos at a festival), and come to Chicago to perform 2001’s Group Sounds.

Rocket From the Crypt

Anberlin, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

The alt-rock of Anberlin (QRO photos) slowly moved up out of their Florida home (QRO photos in Florida) before disbanding in 2014, but five years later the band reunited (QRO photos in ’19), and have kept it up post-COVID (QRO photos last year), including word of new material.


Foxy Shazam, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Cincinnati’s wild Foxy Shazam (QRO photos at a festival) storms Riot Fest (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s The Heart Behead You.

Foxy Shazam


LS Dunes, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Pale Waves, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Pale Waves

Radicals Stage


Bleachers, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Once upon a time just the guitarist from fun. (QRO live review), Jack Antonoff launched his own indie-pop side-project, Bleachers (QRO photos at a festival) that has quickly become his ‘main’ gig – when he’s not producing pop hits for the likes of Taylor Swift, Lorde (QRO Antonoff-produced album review), St. Vincent (QRO Antonoff-produced album review) & more. He returns to Riot Fest (QRO photos at Riot ’18) behind last year’s Take the Sadness Out of Saturday Night (QRO review).


The Wonder Years, 5:45 PM – 6:45 PM

The Wonder Years (QRO photos at a festival) mix pop-punk with melodic hardcore, and are no strangers to festivals (QRO photos at a festival), this being their fourth Riot Fest.

The Wonder Years


Jeff Rosenstock, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Hot Mulligan, 2:30 PM – 3:15 PM

Boston Manor, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

Holy Fawn, 12:30 PM – 1:00 PM

Jeff Rosenstock

Rebel Stage


Marky Ramone’s Blitzkrieg, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

No one is more punk rock than a Ramone, such as drummer Marky Ramone, who took up the name when he joined the band back in ’78, and he brings his Blitzkrieg (QRO photo gallery) to Bop at Riot Fest.

Marky Ramone

Cloud Nothings, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Dylan Baldi (QRO photos) throws back to music older than he as Cloud Nothings (QRO live review) with 2012’s Attack On Memory (QRO review), 2014’s Here and Nowhere Else (QRO review), 2017’s Life Without Sound (QRO review), and last year’s more mature The Shadow I Remember (QRO review), and brings his power-pop to Riot Fest (QRO photos at a festival).

Cloud Nothings


Destroy Boys, 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Bob Vylan, 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Algiers, 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Wargasm, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Cliffdiver, 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Sitting on Stacy, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM



Riot Stage

The Original Misfits, 8:30 PM – 10:00 PM

Riot Fest is known for three things: classic acts, punk rock, and reunions, but might have outdone itself in all three categories with the one of the greatest class punk reunions ever, The Original Misfits. Formed back in the spirit of ’77 with singer Glenn Danzig, bassist Jerry Only, and later guitarist Doyle Only, they formed the horror-punk sound that has terrified suburban moms worldwide.

They disbanded in 1983, with the Only brothers getting the rights to The Misfits name after legal battles with Danzig (who formed his classic self-titled outfit) in the nineties, adding the likes of Black Flag’s Dez Cadena and Ramones’ Marky Ramone. But at Riot Fest ’16 (QRO recap), Glenn Danzig returned for a riotous performance, and now the horrific Originals return to headline Saturday at Riot ’22, performing the 40th anniversary of Walk Among Us.

The Original Misfits

Bad Religion, 6:20 PM – 7:20 PM

Riot Fest has recruited a ton of veteran punk acts, and there might not be a more veteran punk act than Bad Religion (QRO photos outdoors). Born in the eighties punk scene of southern California, Bad Religion’s aggressive yet intellectual, and socially minded, punk has inspired/influenced so many bands that those bands are even influencing new acts today. While they peaked commercially in the early nineties with Recipe For Hate and Stranger Than Fiction, guitarist Brett Gurewitz’s 1994 departure only lasted until 2001, and even if they’ve basically been making the same record for years now (most recently 2019’s Age of Unreason), it’s a good record, with singer Greg Graffin’s literate lyrics still on target. Oh, and they founded Epitaph Records, which has been home to big names like Riot Fest ‘22’s Alkaline Trio and Descendents (see both above), and play Riot Fest for a fifth time (QRO photos at Riot ’18QRO photos at Riot ’16QRO photos at Riot ’13).

Bad Religion

7 Seconds, 4:25 PM – 5:10 PM

Reno, Nevada’s 7 Seconds (QRO photos) helped start the straight edge scene in the eighties. Their shift to more complex music wasn’t well received, and they’ve since moved back to their bread & butter punk rock, and play their third time (QRO photos at Riot Fest East ‘11).

7 Seconds

FEAR, 2:50 PM – 3:35 PM

Creating and defining California hardcore has been FEAR. Lee Ving’s outfit brought hardcore (and themselves) to national prominence in an infamous Saturday Night Live appearance with slamdancing John Belushi & Ian MacKaye, and are much more badass than any ‘No Fear’ t-shirt. For their return to Riot Fest, they play fortieth anniversary of The Record.


Poorstacy, 1:25 PM – 1:55 PM


Roots Stage


Gogol Bordello, 7:25 PM – 8:25 PM

From Eastern Europe & elsewhere, through the Lower East Side comes ‘gypsy punks’ Gogol Bordello (QRO live review). The many, many-person outfit is fronted by singer/guitarist Eugene Hutz (also of the film version of Everything Is Illuminated), but there’s so much going on on-stage, you won’t know where to look (QRO photos outdoors). The band followed up debut Underdog World Strike with the not-quite-as-impressive Super Taranta! (QRO review) in 2007, and even less so with 2010’s Trans-Continental Hustle (QRO review), but were revived in 2013 on Pure Vida Conspiracy (QRO review) & 2017’s Seekers and Finders (QRO review) – and the band still brings it live (QRO live review), including at festivals like Riot Fest (QRO photos at Riot Fest ’17QRO photos at Riot Fest ‘14). They return to their second Riot in a row (QRO photos at Riot Fest ’21) the day after the release of Solidartine.

Gogol Bordello

Yungblud, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Though he first got notice for dating pop star Halsey and releasing single “11 Minutes” with her and Blink-182’s Travis Barker, Doncaster’s Dominic Harrison has since made his own name as Yungblud (QRO photos at a ’21 festival), like with 2020’s Weird!.


jxdn, 3:40 PM – 4:20 PM

Chattanooga’s Jaden Isaiah Hossler, or jxdn, burst to fame via TikTok, then getting the notice of Travis Barker with single “Comatose”. His debut album Tell Me About Tomorrow, produced by Barker and featuring Machine Gun Kelly came out last year.


Ukraine Tribute, 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM

The Joy Formidable, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Even in their early years, Welsh powerhouse The Joy Formidable (QRO spotlight on) had already taken Europe (QRO photos at a European festival), Canada (QRO photos at a festival in Canada), Australia and even The States (QRO photos) by storm with expertly played opening slots alongside Passion Pit, Temper Trap, and Editors. The impressive trio (QRO interview) got a killer live show (QRO live review) to go with 2010’s killer The Big Roar (QRO review), 2013’s Wolf’s Law (QRO review), 2016’s Hitch (QRO review), 2018’s AAARTH (QRO review), and last year’s Into the Blue (QRO review) – so be ready for a jolly good time (QRO photos at a festival) as the band (QRO live review) delivers! Be sure to catch killer frontwoman Ritzy Bryan (QRO interview) as she returns to rock Riot Fest (QRO photos at Riot ’15QRO photoshoot at Riot ’15) with bassist Rhydian Dafydd (QRO interview) and exuberant drummer Matt Thomas (QRO live review).


Jake Hill, 12:50 PM – 1:20 PM

The Joy Formidable

Rise Stage


Yellowcard, 8:30 PM – 9:45 PM

Riot Fest has been around long enough for acts to play it, break up, and reunite years later – like Yellowcard (QRO photos at a festival), who played Riot in 2013, broke up in 2016 (QRO photos in ’16), and now are reuniting – violin included – to play Ocean Avenue.


The Story So Far, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Pop punk artists The Story So Far play their third Riot Fest (QRO photos at Riot ’19), behind 2018’s Proper Dose.

The Story So Far

The Menzingers, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Coming from the home of The Office & Joe Biden, Scranton’s ska-punks The Menzingers bring their ska-punk back to Riot Fest (QRO photos at Riot Fest East ’11), playing the 10th anniversary of On the Impossible Past.

The Menzingers

Movements, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

Rancho Santa Margarita post-hardcore outfit Movements comes to move Riot Fest.



together PANGEA, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ukraine Tribute, 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM

Charlotte Sands, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Mothica, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Skating Polly, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

together PANGEA



Radicals Stage


Sunny Day Real Estate, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

One of the founders of emo music around the turn of the millennium (and even before), Sunny Day Real Estate have had a long legacy, and that’s included numerous reunions, finally coming to Riot Fest.

Sunny Day Real Estate

The Front Bottoms, 6:15 PM – 7:15 PM

New Jersey punks The Front Bottoms have only been growing since their 2011 self-titled debut full-length (QRO review), and rock their third Riot Fest behind 2020’s In Sickness & In Flames.

The Front Bottoms

Alexisonfire, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Canada’s own emo breakthroughs Alexisonfire had their own break-ups & reunions, including when frontman Dallas Green had his own band, City & Colour (QRO photos at Riot Fest ’14), but now return to Riot Fest off of this year’s Otherness.


The Get Up Kids, 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Kansas City was ground zero for the second wave of emo in The Get Up Kids (QRO live review), who of course broke up, and of course have gotten back together with 2011’s There Are Rules (QRO review), as good as ever, returning to Riot Fest to perform the 25th anniversary of 4 Minute Mile.

The Get Up Kids

Ukraine Tribute, 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM

Bully, 1:45 PM – 2:30 PM

Nashville’s Bully (QRO photos at a festival) rock loudly and carry a big axe as they come back to Riot Fest.


Mannequin Pussy, 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM

Smash your body on the punk rock of Philadelphia’s Mannequin Pussy (QRO photos at a festival).

Mannequin Pussy

Rebels Stage


GWAR, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

There is no band as unique as GWAR (QRO spotlight on). Somewhere between Motörhead, Tenacious D, George Romero, KISS, and Gallagher, GWAR combines thrash metal with sci-fi/horror spectacle, including massive costumes & massive amounts of stage gore (QRO photos), plus taking on about every taboo there is for one of the most amazing spectacles out there (QRO live review), including at Riot Fest the last eight times (QRO photos at Riot Fest ’19QRO photos at Riot Fest ’17QRO photos at Riot Fest ’16QRO photos at Riot ’15QRO photos at Riot Fest ’14QRO photos at Riot Fest ‘13).

The group (QRO live review) survived longtime member Flattus Maximus (Cory Smoot) departing to the intergalactic heavens in 2011, recruiting a new scumdog of the universe from the Maximus clan, putting out Battle Maximus in 2013 – only to lose singer/frontman extraordinaire Oderus Urungus (a.k.a. Dave Brockie – QRO interview) the following year. The band could have folded their tent, but instead have kept defiling the universe (QRO ’22 photos) – and Riot Fest (QRO interview at Riot Fest).



Madball, 6:00 PM – 6:45 PM

War On Women, 5:00 PM – 5:30 PM

Bridge City Sinners, 4:00 PM – 4:30 PM

Surfbort, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Ukraine Tribute, 2:30 PM – 2:50 PM

Thick, 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

No Trigger, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Cumgirl8, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM



Riot Stage

Nine Inch Nails, 8:15 PM – 9:45 PM

The most successful and well-known industrial band ever, Trent Reznor’s Nine Inch Nails (QRO photos) are legends in quality as well. The group was loud & angry in debut Pretty Hate Machine and “Head Like a Hole” before grunge was a ‘thing’, and has kept up that spirit ever since. Yes, they inspired countless imitators, but NIN themselves never fell into a Downward Spiral. The iconic nineties act (QRO spotlight on) managed to stay relevant in the new century/millennium with such creations as the inspired underground viral alternate reality game/marketing campaign Year Zero, but went into hiatus in 2009 while Reznor worked on other projects, such as the Oscar-winning score for The Social Network (and American version of Girl With a Dragon Tattoo), work on Dave Grohl’s Sound City documentary (QRO soundtrack review) and …Like Clockwork (QRO review) by Queens of the Stone Age, plus new group How To Destroy Angels (QRO album review).

But the unholy Nine Inch Nails has risen again, from 2013’s excellent Hesitation Marks (QRO review) to 2020’s Ghosts V: Together & Ghosts IV: Locusts. Be sure to catch NIN (QRO photos) headlining Riot Fest (QRO photos headlining a ’22 festival) after having to cancel last year, as it’s an experience you will never forget, guaranteed.

Nine Inch Nails

Sleater-Kinney, 6:05 PM – 7:05 PM

One of the bands that defined the Riot Grrrl alt-rock feminist movement of the nineties, Sleater-Kinney (QRO live review) reunited in 2015 behind new album No Cities To Love (QRO review), as vital as ever, including playing Riot Fest (QRO photos at Riot ’16). And unlike some reunions, they’ve kept it up, with 2019’s The Center Won’t Hold (QRO review) & last year’s Path of Wellness (QRO review) and powerful live show (QRO live review in ’21).


Poliça, 4:15 PM – 4:55 PM

Minneapolis indie/electronic/R&B outfit Poliça (QRO photos at a festival) got serious attention (and not just for the ‘ç’…), and come to Riot Fest (QRO photos at a festival) behind this year’s haunting Madness (QRO review).


Zola Jesus, 2:50 PM – 3:30 PM

Goth-chill got very big, including acts like the blowing up Zola Jesus (QRO photos at a festival). Fronted by the haunting Niki Roza Danilova, they seriously impressed with 2011’s Conatus (QRO review), 2013’s Versions, 2014’s Taiga, 2017’s Okovi (QRO review), and this year’s ARKHON (QRO review). They are, however, better suited for playing indoor classy places like sponsored space (QRO live review at House of Vans), museums (QRO photos at The Guggenheim), but unfortunately it’ll still be daylight when they play Boston Calling (QRO photos outdoors in the daylight), not nighttime (QRO photos outdoors at a festival at night).

Zola Jesus

Roots Stage


Yeah Yeah Yeahs, 7:10 PM – 8:10 PM

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs (QRO photos) emerged out of the same wave of New York alt-acts at the beginning of this century/millennium as The Strokes and others, but YYYs have managed to just keep going. They broke through with 2004’s Fever To Tell and hit single “Maps”, and while they’ve been sparing with their releases (2007’s Show Your Bones, 2010’s It’s Blitz!QRO review – and 2013’s MosquitoQRO review), they’ve stayed hot, mixing in dance-punk and electronica, and come to Riot Fest in the run-up to the release of their hotly anticipated Cool It Down. They’re also one of the most fashionable (QRO photos) acts around in singer/frontwoman Karen O.

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Jimmy Eat World, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Jimmy Eat World (QRO photos) set the standard for emo-rock in 2001 with Bleed American and “The Middle” (QRO video). Though have never lived up to that (but did play it & prior Clarity in full – QRO live review), 2010’s Invented (QRO review) and songs like “Movielike” (QRO video) and “Coffee and Cigarettes” (QRO video) still kept the band in the top tier of emo – though they’ve kept repeating themselves with 2013’s Damage (QRO review) and the subsequent tour (QRO live review). They come back to Riot Fest (QRO photos at Riot ’16) behind 2016’s Integrity Blues (QRO review) and 2019’s Surviving (QRO review), returning to the festival stage (QRO photos at ’22 festival).

Jimmy Eat World

Lunachicks, 3:25 PM – 4:10 PM

New York’s nineties punk rock outfit Lunachicks were all prepared to reunite in 2020, but of course that was canceled, so of course they’re doing it now at Riot Fest.


Jawbox, 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM

Post-hardcore heroes Jawbox of course didn’t get the attention they were due during the first  life in the nineties, but inspired a ton of other bands, and now bring their reunion to Riot Fest.


The Linda Lindas, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Punk rock stills speaks to the kids – kids like The Linda Lindas (QRO photos at a festival). Just teenagers (even tweens), the four girls were winning lots of fans, from Bikini Kill to Amy Poehler, even before blowing up last year thanks to their viral kiss-off hit “Racist, Sexist Boy”, and now come to Riot Fest (QRO photos at a ‘22 festival) behind this year’s debut full-length, Growing Up.


The Bombpops, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

The Linda Lindas

Rise Stage


Ice Cube, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

Ice Cube (QRO photos at a festival) is one of the most significant figures in rap. He was one of the core members of the seminal N.W.A., whose life story came to the silver screen in Straight Outta Compton. While Cube has done much more since then, including a solo career and many acting gigs, he comes back to Riot Fest after forming the rap supergroup Mt. Westmore with Snoop Dogg, E-40, and Too Short.

Ice Cube

Action Bronson, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

From Flushing, Queens, Action Bronson (QRO live review in Brooklyn) moved from gourmet chef to rapper with panache on his 2014 major label debut, Mr. Wonderful. He still keeps his hand in the foodie game thanks to his own television shows, but comes back to Riot Fest (QRO photos at Riot ’17) behind this year’s Cocodrillo Turbo.

Action Bronson

Alice Glass, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Once one-half of fiery electro duo Crystal Castles (QRO live review), Alice Glass has since broken free of that controlling relationship to forge her own solo career, finally putting out solo debut Prey//IV this year.

Alice Glass

Coolio, 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM

It’s long been a “Gangster’s Paradise” for Coolio. The rapper came up in the nineties with that universal hit single & album of the same name (and video with Michelle Pfeiffer), but since even had a cookbook!



Josh A, 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM

Mom Jeans., 2:00 PM – 2:30 PM

Joey Valence & Brae, 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM

Reece Young, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

Mom Jeans.

Radicals Stage


The Academy Is…, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

In 2015, The Academy Is… (QRO photos in ’15) reunited for a special farewell tour that hit Riot Fest – and that was it. Until now, of course, because they’re reuniting, of course, and playing Riot Fest again, of course.

The Academy Is…

The Maine, 7:05 PM – 7:50 PM

Tempe, Arizona’s The Maine (QRO photos at a festival) come to Riot Fest off of last year’s eighth full-length, XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time.

The Maine

Midtown, 5:50 PM – 6:35 PM

Rutgers University’s Midtown burst on the scene and then disappearing in the early aughts, with a reunion in 2014, and now in 2022 – at Riot Fest.


PVRIS, 4:35 PM – 5:20 PM

Massachusetts’ synth-pop PVRIS (QRO photos at a festival) come back to Riot Fest behind 2020’s strong Use Me.


Less Than Jake, 3:20 PM – 4:05 PM

Gainesville natives, Less Than Jake (QRO spotlight on) emerged out of the ska and punk revivals of the early-to-mid-nineties, combining both and managing to stick around through seven-and-counting albums. Fronted by singer/guitarist Chris Demakes & singer/bassist Roger Manganelli (QRO interview) – though their words are written by drummer Vinnie Fiorello – the band has gone through many line-up changes, but still keeps to ska roots with a trombonist, Buddy Schaub, and saxophonist, Peter ‘JR’ Wasilewski. They return to Riot Fest for a fourth time.

Less Than Jake


The Juliana Theory, 2:10 PM – 2:50 PM

Treaty of Paris, 1:00 PM – 1:40 PM

Night Spice, 12:00 PM – 12:30 PM

The Juliana Theory

Rebel Stage


Real Friends, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Illinois pop-punksters Real Friends (QRO photos) play their third Riot Fest.

Real Friends

renforshort, 6:15 PM – 6:45 PM

Catch the catchy alt-bedroom pop of Lauren Isenberg, a.k.a. renforshort (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).



Save Face, 5:15 PM – 5:45 PM

Weathers, 4:15 PM – 4:45 PM

Kid Sistr, 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM

Concrete Castles, 2:15 PM – 2:45 PM

Chastity, 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM

Moon Kissed, 12:15 PM – 12:45 PM

Concrete Castles

Alkaline Trio @ Metro

Anberlin @ Reggies
Obscura @ Empty Bottle
The Maine @ Bottom Lounge
PVRIS @ Cobra Lounge
Sunny Day Real Estate, The Appleseed Cast @ Metro
Action Bronson @ Concord Music Hall
The Get Up Kids, Sparta @ Chop Shop

Thursday, Anthony Green @ Reggies
Bully @ Empty Bottle
Alexisonfire, War on Women @ Bottom Lounge
Jawbox, Bird Hands @ Cobra Lounge
Jimmy Eat World, Charity Bliss @ Metro
The Academy Is…, Midtown and Jon Walker @ Concord Music Hall

Jeff Rosenstock, Small Crush @ Bottom Lounge
FEAR @ Reggies


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