The US Festival season is finally heating up again as Covid restrictions start to lift and that promised “Hot Vax Summer” becomes a reality in the Northern Hemisphere.
With the last 15 months being live music free in most of the country, music fans are chomping at the bit to see their favourite bands perform again – with many of these massive festivals selling out in record time. No exception to that is the three day iconic Riot Fest – with a stacked lineup of some of Rock and Hip Hop’s biggest names heading to Chicago this September.
Headliners for this year’s event include The Smashing Pumpkins, Coheed and Cambria, Lupe Fiasco (performing The Cool), NOFX, Run The Jewels, Nine Inch Nails, Pixies, Devo, Sublime with Rome, Vic Mensa – plus Mike Patton appearing not once but twice, in both Faith No More AND Mr. Bungle. And that’s only scratching the surface of the incredible, envy inducing, very sold out lineup.
With international travel off the cards for most Australians this year – the good news is that Riot Fest will be returning to Chicago in 2022, and two of the headliners have already been announced, in what will mark 18 years since the festival’s founding.
The festival’s opening night will be graced by none other than My Chemical Romance – who were originally supposed to headline the festival’s 2020 event – while night two will see a rare performance from The Original Misfits, with Glenn Danzig and Jerry Only set to perform their 1982 debut record Walk Among Us in full. Surely worth the trip alone!
So consider this your warning to get your tickets early (as it will absolutely sell out) and start planning a visit to the Windy City in September. Naturally, many more names will be revealed in the months to come.
With 2021 all sold out, Limited 3-Day Tickets for the 2022 event are on sale now. Head HERE for all the details.
The 2022 event runs September 16-18, while the 2021 event runs September 17-19.
Getting to Chicago
Qantas was supposed to launch the first ever direct flight between Brisbane and Chicago last April, but this launch was postponed for obvious reasons.
There’s no direct confirmation on when this route – which was set to be the 4th longest in the world – will now commence, but fingers crossed by September 2022, it will be well and truly underway.
Failing that though, Chicago is one of America’s most popular destinations and regular flights can be found via transit at any other US entry port.