Riot Fest

On Sept.15, summer came to a close with Riot Fest in Humboldt Park, which is the final music festival for 2013. The lineup was impressive and some said that it trumped other similar festivals this season. What sets Riot Fest apart is the theme – mainly rock and punk bands highlighting the fan base of colorful tattooed and spiky-haired attendees. Roller coasters, carnival games and side show tents added to the lively environment. Watchers of Lucha Libre had a treat enjoying wrestlers throwing down on the mat. Fire eaters and twirlers kept fans from being bored with various stages around the area.

Rain also played a part creating mud pits filled with puddles similar to problems that plagued other music festivals in Chicagoland this year. That didn’t force an evacuation or delay set times. Things ran smoothly for music acts like Blondie, Fall Out Boy and Violent Femmes earlier in the weekend. Pixies and the reunion of The Replacements still packed in the crowds.

Humboldt Park was turned upside down for three days with tough parking to compete with local residents and a mosh pit during Blink-182 that injured several people.

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