Riot Fest’s first batch of 2018 performers include Blink 182, Blondie, Jerry Lee Lewis and Calpurnia
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Chicago’s annual alt-rock Riot Fest will return to the city’s Douglas Park this year, and late last night its organizers shared a pretty impressive first batch of artists who will take the stages when the multi-day event takes place on the weekend of Sept. 14-16. Blink 182, Beck, Elvis Costello, Incubus, Young The Giant, Interpol and Blondie are some of the big highlight names who appeared on the multi-day festival’s “First Wave Announcement” on Wednesday. Also featured as some of the top-billed names include Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty and 82-year-old classic rock pioneer, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Also included on this year’s rock-heavy lineup are artists including America’s Celtic punk heroes Dropkick Murphys and Flogging Molly, Bleachers, Cypress Hill, Bad Religion, Sum 41, Julian Casablanca’s The Voidz, Bullet For My Valentine and Liz Phair, who recently announced a run of more North American tour dates in support of her 1993 debut album, Exile in Guyville turning 25-years-old in 2018. Some other notable names include Aussie rockers Wolfmother, Smiths guitarist Johnny Marr, Pussy Riot, Calpurnia, the teenage rock group lead by “Stranger Things” actor, Finn Wolfhard. 

“It’s happening. Everybody freak out. The Riot Fest first wave lineup is finally here,” festival organizers said to go with the announcement on Wednesday. “You can stop complaining about when the Riot Fest lineup will be released and start complaining about the actual Riot Fest lineup. And no we don’t know what the weather will be like or when the second wave will be released or when the schedule is coming out, but we do know that we’re excited to see you in Chicago’s Douglas Park on September 14, 15, and 16.”

Riot Fest was initially launched back in 2005 and has since expanded to other cities including Denver and Toronto, although its organizers announced that the event would not return to Denver in 2017. Fans can visit the event’s official website for more information.