The ever-expanding Punk music festival known as Riot Fest hosts a myraid of music lovers. This year's lineup of acts like monster Metal GWAR, Hip-Hop legends Public Enemy, reunion shows for Danzig and The Replacements, and dozens of Punks acts like Blink 182, Pennywise, Rocket From the Crypt, Against Me!, Violent Femmes, and iconic Blondie brought out thousands of fans.
There were countless of black hoodie jackets, black skinny jeans, and black band t-shirts. There was also an endless sea playful costumes, colorful mohawks, body piercings, tattoos, leopard spotted leggings, and rain ponchos (on day 3) decorating the Humboldt Park landscape. Families brought their children. Older folks braved the masses. People used creative flags to find each other and claim their patch of sod. A few service dogs even made an appearance, wearing canine earmuffs.
In addition to catching their favorite live acts, Riot Fest attendees enjoyed the many food trucks and carnival food vendors, played games, hopped on carnival rides, visited the Butter Stamos sculpture, and shopped at the many merchants the festival had to offer. With very few injuries or incidents reported, Riot Fest successfully proved Punk is certainly not dead and can coexist peacefully for a 3-day weekend in the heart of Chicago.
Click on the slideshow above to see some of the many faces of Riot Fest.
All photos by K. Alize Tran and Brigette Sullivan / Outer Focus Photos.