When: Jan. 6-8 2017
Once again spanning the first weekend in January (Fri 1/6-Sun 1/8), the formidable punk-rock-fest staple known as Ian’s Party returns for its ten-year anniversary. What began as little more than an Elgin-based Brokedowns gig honoring their buddy Ian has grown year after year, transforming from a modest, mostly local festival into one much too big for its suburban britches—which helps explain the move into the city a handful of winters ago. This year regulars like the aforementioned Brokedowns (which have played every year), Meat Wave, Sass Dragons, and Absolutely Not will play headliners, while a heap of newcomers fill out a 75-plus-band lineup spread over three Wicker Park venues: 1st Ward, Double Door, and Subterranean. Partygoers on Friday include Minneapolis punks Toys That Kill, gruff postpunks Canadian Rifle, noise rockers Fake Limbs, and the debut set from a Melkbelly/Sophagus side project called Swampers. Saturday features sets by minimal noise trio No Men, snarling hardcore outfit Rash, and shoegaze revivalists Dim as well as the return of local grindcore legends Hewhocorrupts (billed this go-round as Shewhocorrupts). The fest’s final day includes scuzz-rock supergroup Lifestyles, instrumental prog-rock trio JOB, and loud-as-hell noise-rock group High Priests. And that only scratches the surface of the Party’s huge list of performers; check out the complete lineups in our listings, or visit iansparty.com.
Price: $20 per day, $15 Sunday, $40 weekend pass