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Just a quick reminder for all Chicago-based users and Riot Fest attendees that we will be hosting an unofficial after-party on Saturday night at Five Star Bar with PropertyOfZack. Zack and I will be playing pop-punk and emo songs and we would love to meet everyone from the AP.net/POZ community who's in town! Riot Fest Chicago begins tomorrow and while three-day passes are sold out, you can still nab single-day and two-day passes.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/11/14 - 01:36 PM
Riot Fest set times for Chicago (Sept. 12-14) and Denver (Sept. 19-21) are now up on their website. Tickets are still available too.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/05/14 - 10:32 AM
While this is the last installment of our must-see series for Riot Fest's Chicago bash, don't fret -- we've got two big preview pieces coming next week as well! In the meantime, you can scope out our five must-see acts for Sunday of Riot in the replies. We've already done Friday and Saturday's picks, plus a sneak peek at the Toronto festival that starts tomorrow. Tickets for Riot Fest are available here for Toronto, Chicago and Denver.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/05/14 - 09:45 AM
As Riot Fest Chicago inches closer and closer, we're ready with another day of previews for you guys. We've already chosen our must-see acts for this weekend's Toronto festival as well as Friday picks for the Chicago event -- you can now hit the replies to check out Saturday's selections. Additionally, our ticket giveaway for Chicago is going to go on for one more day because of the problems the site is currently experiencing; and remember, tickets are still available!
Thomas Nassiff on 09/04/14 - 02:00 PM
We're still nine days away from the kickoff of Chicago's Riot Fest on Friday, Sept. 12 -- don't forget that Toronto is going down this weekend! -- but we're starting our preview series of the festival today. In the replies you can scope out our five must-see acts for Friday of Chicago's event, as selected by fellow AP.net staffer Caitlin DeWeese and myself. We'll both be on hand next weekend to check out an incredible lineup, and we'll have more day-by-day selections for you guys this week as well as a couple of bigger features next week. Let us know who you're excited to see at Riot Fest, and pick up your tickets here.
Thomas Nassiff on 09/03/14 - 10:17 AM
I find myself being extremely picky with music festivals in my old age, but the ridiculous(ly awesome) lineup at Riot Fest Toronto left me no choice but to make plans to attend. Over the past few weeks, I have been trying to finalize a schedule so I can make sure to catch every band I'm eager to see, but it took me only a few minutes upon starting on an actual list to say "Screw it, I'm just going to roam around, enjoy good music as I go, and have some delicious food and beer." That seems about as solid of a plan as it gets with my experience at festivals, except there are 5 bands at this year's Toronto Riot Fest that I will most definitely make sure to see -- rain or shine. Head to the...
Lueda Alia on 09/02/14 - 03:19 PM
Edit: This contest is over! Thanks to everyone who entered and if you didn't win, remember tickets are still available!

Riot Fest is set to hit Chicago for its 10-year anniversary next weekend, on September 12-14. If you somehow haven't been keeping up with our coverage of the festival, here's everything we've posted about it so far. We're happy to be giving away two pairs of general admission, three-day passes today in this thread. This includes only entry into the festival, so if you enter to win the passes, you have to be sure that you can attend. To enter, just paste the best sports-related GIF that you can find on the Internet in this thread. I will choose two winners to receive...
Thomas Nassiff on 09/02/14 - 09:15 AM
Just like last year, we'll be hosting an unofficial Riot Fest afterparty during all the festivities on September 12-14 in Chicago. Glamour Kills is presenting three straight nights of DJ sets at Five Star Bar, and Saturday is the AP.net / PropertyOfZack party. Zack Zarrillo and I will be playing pop-punk and emo songs just like we did last year, and it was great to meet a BUNCH of community members, so we invite everyone to come out and say hi. Friday night will be hosted by Bob Nanna (Braid) and Mark Rose (Spitalfield), while Sunday night will be anchored by booking agent wunderkind Ryan Soroka. There's a flier in the replies!
Thomas Nassiff on 08/28/14 - 10:02 AM
So much for watching bands play! To celebrate its tenth year in Chicago (Sept. 12-14), Riot Fest organizers have moved the festival to the northern section of Humdoldt Park, with an expanded footprint, more stages and more rides. The full press release is in the replies and you can find me playing mini-golf all weekend next month. Also, tickets are still on sale.
Thomas Nassiff on 08/21/14 - 01:38 PM
Check the replies or head here to see all the after-parties going on in Chicago during Riot Fest weekend (Sept. 12-14). Riot Fest tickets are available on their website.
Thomas Nassiff on 08/14/14 - 11:06 AM
Riot Fest has announced its day-by-day lineup for Chicago (Sept. 12-14); check it out in the replies. Single-day tickets are on sale now as well.
Thomas Nassiff on 07/24/14 - 12:02 PM
Riot Fest's Denver stop (Sept. 19-21) has been moved to Sports Authority Field at Mile High Stadium after Byers, CO recently denied the festival a permit. The festival will recreate the original May Farms campground aesthetic at the new location and all original tickets will be honored of course (and tickets are still available). They're also giving free passes to all Byers residents who want them and are allowing Byers businesses to set up booths at the festival at no cost. Check out the full press release in the replies, which includes a statement from the festival and details about a new college scholarship initiative. Yay!
Outside of bringing the May Farms aesthetic to the new site,...
Thomas Nassiff on 07/18/14 - 10:24 AM
The Denver Post writes that Riot Fest's Denver stop (scheduled for Sept. 19-21) could be in trouble this year. People from the town where it's held complained at an open house / community forum about noise (one man said he had to close his windows!), drug use, traffic and other "nasty things."
The future of Riot Fest in Colorado, held for the first time in the state last year at May Farms near Byers, remains uncertain as Arapahoe County officials wrestle with whether to allow the event to continue this year. No decision on the event's future was made Tuesday evening.

Those who packed the American Legion Hall in this small, rural town 40 miles east of Denver to address the Arapahoe...
Thomas Nassiff on 07/02/14 - 09:07 AM
Riot Fest is now offering layaway plans for all three of its events in Chicago, Denver and Toronto. This means you can pay for your tickets in three or four-part installments. Check out the details here and if you've missed any news about one of the greatest festivals of the year, find all our updates about Riot Fest here.
Thomas Nassiff on 06/03/14 - 09:16 AM
Ten bands will take part in a new feature at Riot Fest called "10 Years. 10 Essential Albums." The Offspring will play all of Smash in Chicago; Weezer will tackle the entire Blue Album in Chicago and Denver; Descendents will perform Milo Goes To College in Chicago and The Get Up Kids will do Something To Write Home About in Chicago. Those are just a few of the full-album performances, so head to the replies to see the full slate and buy tickets here.
Thomas Nassiff on 05/15/14 - 10:18 AM
Riot Fest will celebrate its 10th anniversary this year in Toronto (Sept. 6-7), Chicago (Sept. 12-14), and Denver (Sept. 19-21). The lineup has been announced and bands include The Cure, Weezer, Rise Against, The National, and more. Check out the full lineups so far for each date in the replies (with more announcements to come) and buy tickets here.
Ryan Gardner on 05/13/14 - 07:00 PM
Tickets for Riot Fest Toronto are on sale now and can be purchased here. The full (awesome) lineup, which was announced last week, is available on their website.
Thomas Nassiff on 05/11/14 - 06:09 PM
City and Colour, The National, Rise Against, Death Cab For Cutie, Billy Talent, Brand New, Taking Back Sunday and a bunch of other bands that you like are going to play Riot Fest 2014 in Toronto on Sept. 6-7. It's an honor to have AP.net sponsoring this festival again, and remember that you can buy tickets here. The full lineup so far is in the replies; more announcements are still expected.
Thomas Nassiff on 05/06/14 - 08:10 AM
Riot Fest has announced each weekend of its 2014 incarnation: It will hit Toronto on Sept. 6-7, Chicago on Sept. 12-14 and Denver on Sept. 19-21. Also, this is the 10th year of Riot Fest.
Riot Fest is back at it again! We’re hard at work putting together three rock & roll carnivals that will hit Toronto, Chicago, and Denver. To kick things off, we’re coming through Toronto September 6 & 7, then on to Chicago to celebrate our 10 year anniversary September 12-14, and wrapping up the party in Denver September 19-21.

With the help of friends and partners at Union Events and Soda Jerk Presents, Toronto and Denver will feature an expanded footprint with more carnival rides and...
Thomas Nassiff on 04/17/14 - 12:39 PM
Early bird tickets for Riot Fest 2014 are now on sale.
Jason Tate on 11/27/13 - 02:15 PM
In probably the best use of Black Friday week ever, Riot Fest is offering $70 three-day passes to its 2014 festival, which will take place Sept. 12-14 in Chicago. The festival, which AbsoluteVoices sponsored last year, is promising to go bigger than ever as it celebrates its 10th anniversary. More info can be found on their website.
Thomas Nassiff on 11/26/13 - 09:14 AM

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