Image via the Blink-182 Facebook page
"What's My Age Again?" Blink-182 are collectively 130 years old, which makes them a little young to be so high on the bill at Riot Fest.
Today Riot Fest
made its first lineup announcement for 2018, and the 82 acts in this wave include Blink-182, Cypress Hill, Blondie, Pussy Riot, the Jesus Lizard, Atmosphere, and Beck—as well as the Killer himself, Jerry Lee Lewis, the only artist at the fest who was putting out records way back in the 1950s.
As you'd expect from Riot Fest, there are the usual suspects (Andrew W.K.
and Gwar) and several repeaters, among them Chicagoland pop-punk heroes Alkaline Trio (whose front man, Matt Skiba, will pull double duty in Blink-182). Riot Fest gets much of its charm from the bonkers juxtapositions on its bills—artists who'd never cross paths out in the "real" world, many of them big enough to headline their own shows in front of thousands of people, can end up playing across the park from each other. Who else would cram together new-wave master Gary Numan, pop-rock auteur Cat Power, indie-pop darlings Bleachers, and Bay Area punk legends the Avengers? Riot Fest has also done its Chicago roots proud by booking two artists who changed pop-music history here in the 90s: Liz Phair and the Jesus Lizard. Phair is touring behind the 25th anniversary reissue of her breakthrough debut album, Exile in Guyville
, which I hope she plays at Riot Fest—tickets to next month's Empty Bottle show
where she's doing that sold out in a flash.
For this year Riot Fest hasn't yet announced an earth-shattering reunion or trophy headliner—nothing like Jawbreaker
in 2017 or the original Misfits
in 2016. But even the portion of the bill that's been announced is so dense with acts I want to see that I'm already preparing myself for the inevitable cross-bookings, when the festival schedule forces me to pick between two sets I consider equally unmissable. Maybe at least a band I love will get booked to play opposite indie-rock meme Father John Misty, which would at least mean I didn't have to hear Father John Misty.
Riot Fest runs Friday, September 14, through Sunday, September 16, in Douglas Park. These are all the acts that its organizers announced today, linked to previous Reader
coverage where relevant. Three-day tickets are on sale
Bullet for My Valentine
& the Imposters
Face to Face
Father John Misty
Hobo Johnson & the Lovemakers
Jerry Lee Lewis
Lower Class Brats
Matt & Kim
No Small Children
Young the Giant