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Iggy Pop, Motorhead, L7, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Merle Haggard among Riot Fest 2015 lineup

Riot Fest tonight announced its first wave of bands for the Chicago festival running Sept. 11-13 at its new location in Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento. The fest was recently relocated to Douglas Park following opposition and complaints from one Chicago alderman and residents of the Humboldt Park neighborhood where the festival had been held the past three years.


Riot Fest leaving Humboldt Park

In addition to the first wave lineup, five artists have confirmed that they’ll be performing their seminal albums during the festival. These include:

—Snoop Dogg (“Doggystyle”)

—Ice Cube & Guests (“Straight Outta Compton” remix)

—Rancid (“… And Out Come The Wolves”)

—The Academy Is… (“Almost Here”)

—The Dwarves (“Blood Guts and P*ssy”)

This year’s festival will also include a stage dedicated to that iconic animatronic animal robot band The Rock-afire Explosion, a full-blown carnival (rides and games), a circus tent featuring the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue, a miniature golf course, a video arcade hall and dozens of food vendors.

Here are the first wave bands:

No Doubt, Modest Mouse, Faith No More, Iggy Pop, Snoop Dogg, Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley, Motörhead, Rancid, Tenacious D, Billy Idol, Ice Cube & Guests, Alkaline Trio, Coheed And Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Drive Like Jehu, Merle Haggard, Flogging Molly, Slightly Stoopid;

L7 Alexisonfire, Thrice, The Dirty Heads, Stephen “Ragga” Marley, The Academy Is…, The Lawrence Arms, Kongos, Cypress Hill, Echo & The Bunnymen, Bootsy Collins’ Rubber Band, The Devil Wears Prada, Yelawolf, Pennywise, The Airborne Toxic Event, Manchester Orchestra, Eagles Of Death Metal, Anthrax;

De La Soul, The Damned, Andrew McMahon, In The Wilderness, New Politics, Mayday Parade, Jimmy Cliff, Against Me!, Babes In Toyland, OK Go, Bayside, Mest, Andrew W.K., Desaparecidos, The Joy Formidable, The Dead Milkmen, FIDLAR, Atreyu, Millencolin, American Nightmare, Swervedriver, Lee Scratch Perry, GWAR, Less Than Jake, The Expendables, Living Colour, The Thurston Moore Band, Morgan Heritrage, Lifetime, Benjamin Booker, Fishbone;

Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez of the Mexican band ‘Rodrigo y Gabriela’ perform in Paris iin 2014. | THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)
Gabriela Quintero and Rodrigo Sanchez of the Mexican band ‘Rodrigo y Gabriela’ perform in Paris iin 2014. | THOMAS SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images)

Death, Doomtree, Hum, Tarrus Riley, Mariachi El Bronx, Civ, Joyce Manor, Every Time I Die, The Movielife, The Dwarves, Tommy Stinson, Steve Ignorant & Paranoid Visions, Real Friends, The Dear Hunter, Kevin Devine, Mustard Plug, The Ataris, Jo Mersa, Into It. Over It., Alvvays, The White Buffalo, Black-Am-I, Skip Marley, Knuckle Puck, Post Malone with FKI, Jazz Cartier, Chef’Special, Marmozets, Modern Life Is War, Fit For Rivals;

Barb Wire Dolls, The Coathangers, Flatfoot 56, Teenage Bottlerocket, Prayers, Chon, Counterpunch, Have Mercy, Speedy Ortiz, Superheaven, White Mystery, Foxing, Direct Hit!, Main Attrakionz, Ground Up, Skinny Lister, Beach Slang, Cayetana, Alex Wiley, Heems, Dirty Fences, Blis, Sleep On It;

The Brokedowns, Meat Wave, Psalm One, Northern Faces, Dreamers, Souvenirs, Elway, Indian Handcrafts, Skating Polly, Signals Midwest, Modern Chemistry, Faulkner, Pears, Gateway Drugs, Tasha The Amazon, Foxtrott, Twin River, Clowns, Indian School, Die Selloutz, The Municipal Drainage Project.

More bands to be announced soon.

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