Where: Chicago, Illinois
When: September 13-15
Why you should go: If you're a fan of emo, alt rock, and pop punk music, Riot Fest is the festival to go to. The event continues to steadily grow from its humble origins as a series of showcases in venues around Chicago to a major event in Douglas Park, meaning its lineup keeps getting more exciting to include the best bands just on the cutting edge of breaking out. Where most fests stray away from underground emo groups, Riot Fest revels in their tunes.
Headliners: Blink-182, Slayer, Bikini Kill, The Raconteurs, and Rise Against, and if that wasn’t great enough, other big names include Patti Smith, Ween, Violent Femmes, and many, many, more
Other acts to check out: Ultra Q, the Oakland band formerly known as Mt. Eddy and fronted by Billie Joe Armstrong’s son Jakob Danger Armstrong, is a young, ecstatic group that makes weird, new wave-ish rock you might not expect from Gen-Zers, but they do, and do it so, so well. You also best see White Reaper whose rip roaring garage punk is as self-indulgent as '80s arena rock and all in good fun to get you dancing.