28 May, 2015 - RollingStone.com
The multi-city Riot Fest has announced the first wave of artists that will invade Chicago, Denver and Toronto this summer. At the Chicago fest, No Doubt will headline alongside Faith No More, Modest Mouse, Iggy Pop, a still-unannounced act and Snoop Dogg, who will perform his classic Doggystyle in its entirety. Billy Idol, Tenacious D, Motörhead and Taking Back Sunday will also appear at the Windy City faction, taking place at Douglas Park September 11th through 13th.
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Snoop Dogg isn't the only artist digging into their catalog for a full album performance: Ice Cube & Guests will tackle N.W.A's Straight Outta Compton, Rancid will run through ...And Out Come the Wolves and the Academy Is will bring Almost Here to Denver.
Riot Fest Chicago also boasts an incredible array of reggae legends (Jimmy Cliff, Lee "Scratch" Perry, Damian "Jr. Gong" Marley), reunited bands (Babes in Toyland, Swervedriver, L7, Drive Like Jehu) and beloved hip-hop acts (Cypress Hill, De La Soul, Heems). The diverse lineup also features Anthrax, Gwar, Echo & the Bunnymen and Eagles of Death Metal.
Three-day passes for the Chicago and Denver Riot Fests are available now through Ticketfly. The Denver offshoot, hitting the National Western Complex on August 28th through 30th, features many of the same acts as the Chicago fest (Snoop Dogg, Iggy Pop, Rancid and Ice Cube) but adds Pixies, Run-DMC, GZA, Explosions in the Sky and two still-unannounced headliners. Like Chicago, the Denver fest will also feature Bootsy Collins' Rubber Band, Desaparecidos, Yelawolf, OK Go and many more. Check out the Riot Fest site for the complete first wave of artist announcements.
At Toronto's Riot Fest, scheduled for September 19th and 20th, the initial lineup features Wu-Tang Clan, Alexisonfire, Tyler, the Creator, Atmosphere, Against Me!, Rancid and more. With two of the four headlining spots still unannounced, the Toronto fest promises the second wave of artists will be revealed June 16th. For Chicago and Denver, those additions are "coming soon."
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