Butthole Surfers, Teen Idols, New Bomb Turks, 88 Fingers Louie added to Riot Fest

Music News | Jun 17th, 2009

Round two of Chicago’s Riot Fest line up was announced today: Butthole Surfers, Naked Raygun, 88 Fingers Louie, Riverboat Gamblers, Pegboy, No Empathy, New Bomb Turks, Youth Brigade, Teenage Bottlerocket, Lower Class Brats, Teen Idols, Off With Their Heads, The Arrivals, Shot Baker, Flatfoot 56, Fear City, The Frankl Project, Anxiety High. Screeching Weasel, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Murder City Devils,The Dead Milkmen & Cock Sparrer were previously confirmed. This makes me want to fly over to Chicago and check out this festival of shows! But I’ll probably be too broke to go.

Five years. What does it all mean? Five years equals 25,336 fans, over 150 bands, 946 stage dives, 4 asshole bouncers, 2632 cases of beer, 172 hours in line, 1 FBI Sting, 23 business suits and too many broken ribs. That, my friends is something.
In 2005 Mike Petryshyn started Riot Fest, creating his dream festival, the one he would want to attend. With one eye on the legendary Chicago punk scene and the other on the bands that inspire them, he started building the festival, with an ambitious multiple show/venue format despite his inexperience. He put special emphasis on reuniting influential punk and underground bands who hadn’t shared the stage in years and chicago’s rich punk history has always been a huge part of the Riot Fest roster, this year 11 bands from the area are confirmed so far.

A plethora of incredible bands are announced here, including the legendary Butthole Surfers, Naked Raygun, 88 Fingers Louie, Riverboat Gamblers, Pegboy, No Empathy, New Bomb Turks, Youth Brigade, Teenage Bottlerocket, Lower Class Brats, Teen Idols, Off With Their Heads, The Arrivals, Shot Baker, Flatfoot 56, Fear City, The Frankl Project and Anxiety High. The Butthole Surfers are well known for their long association with Chicago’s Touch and Go Records, they haven’t performed in Chicago in eons. Riot Fest also marks Naked Raygun’s triumphant return to the Metro – it is their first show at the venue they helped become a landmark since 1997.

Previously announced bands included Screeching Weasel, NOFX, Alkaline Trio, Murder City Devils, Cock Sparrer and the Dead Milkmen.

Venue line ups are being leaked from Riot Fest headquarters in the dark of night – check these out:

METRO SHOWS:
Wednesday, October 7 (Riot Fest 2009 Kick-off)
Butthole Surfers
The House That Gloria Vanderbilt

Friday, October 8
Naked Raygun
No Empathy

Saturday, October 10
Dead Milkmen
Teenage Bottlerocket
Teen Idols
Anxiety High

Sunday, October 11
Cock Sparrer
Lower Class Brats
Flatfoot 56
Fear City

***MORE METRO SHOWS COMING SOON***

CONGRESS THEATER:

Friday, October 9
Murder City Devils
Dead Milkmen
Riverboat Gamblers
New Bomb Turks
The Frankl Project

Saturday, October 10th
NOFX
Cock Sparrer
88 Fingers Louie
Youth Brigade
Shot Baker
Off With Their Heads

Sunday, October 11th
Screeching Weasel
Alkaline Trio
Pegboy
The Arrivals

More shows to be announced soon! Riot Fest released 5-day passes that were snapped up in record time, a new batch are now on sale, along with single tickets and Metro passes. Five day pass holders will have the opportunity to win tickets to one of 4 secret shows planned beginning in August and running until the Fest kicks off.

Riot Fest West takes its bow on November 12th – it runs through the 14th at four venues, Palladium, The Wiltern, Key Club and The Roxy in Los Angeles, the line-up will be announced shortly.

Visit www.riotfest.org for all things Riot Fest

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