Riot Fest, now ‘RiotLand,’ moving to Chicago suburbs, reveals 2024 lineup featuring Fall Out Boy, Beck, Slayer
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Riot Fest, now ‘RiotLand,’ moving to Chicago suburbs, reveals 2024 lineup featuring Fall Out Boy, Beck, Slayer

CHICAGO (CBS) — Riot Fest is moving to southwest Bridgeview under the new name “RiotLand.”

The new location was announced on Wednesday morning, and the SeatGeek Stadium will be equipped with a parking lot, the organizers emphasized on social media.

In a YouTube video, the organizer of Riot Fest blames the Chicago Park District for this decision.

The Chicago Red Stars team, which plays its home matches on SeatGeek, did not like this move. The team said it was forced to move a home game against San Diego that was previously scheduled for this weekend.

“It is unfair and unfortunate that our club finds itself in this situation, shining a light on the vast disparity in treatment of men’s and women’s professional sports,” team president Karen Leetzow said in a statement.

Leetzow said the team is “working diligently to find a solution to ensure our September 21 match is a success.”

Some fans were also disappointed by the news that the festival was ending – including Robert Wafle, who said he goes there every year.

“There was about a year where it rained a lot – like the second year – it rained and there was a lot of mud, but that was it,” Wafle said.

Meanwhile, officials in Bridgeview were delighted.

“We’re really looking forward to it and we’re far enough away. You know, you’ll always hear the music, but it’s not like – again, I don’t want to criticize Chicago or the Park District – but it was crowded,” said Bridgeview village spokesman Ray Hanania. “It won’t be crowded here and I think that’s good for everyone.”

Hanania also said that using the park has disadvantages compared to the stadium.

“Being here is attractive. It’s easier. It’s made for this,” he said. “The park is beautiful. I love being at the park, but parking is hard to find.”

Hanania added that he expects the festival to grow with the new location.

“RiotLand – if this is going to be their permanent name, and I think it is – is going to grow really exponentially,” he said. “I estimate they will double in size in a few years.”

The main stars of the festival, which will start on September 20 this year, will be Fall Out Boy, St. Vincent, Beck, The Offspring and Public Enemy. As previously announced, The main character will be Slayer on the last day of the three-day event. The full lineup can be found on the festival website.

The three-day music festival attracts approximately 50,000 spectators every year.

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For years, Douglass Park neighbors complained regarding limited access to the park and damage to the park, traffic and noise in the vicinity of two hospitals and a rehabilitation center.

In a video message posted on social media, the organizer known as Riot Mike posted the following in part: “Let me be as clear as an azure sky in deepest summer, our exodus is due solely to the Chicago Park District entering into negotiations on how the event will proceed at home. “

The video continued to read: “Even though our curtains have closed in Douglass Park, another one has been revealed.”

Chicago Park District officials responded to the announcement by saying that neither the permit application nor the festival had been withdrawn and is currently pending approval by the Park District Board of Commissioners.

“The Chicago Park District has worked tirelessly to balance community interests with special event organizers. Community voices are critical to our decision-making process, which is why a comprehensive community engagement process is an essential component of permit application review,” the Chicago Park District said in response to the relocation. “Last year, Riot Fest organizers successfully completed this process, received permission, and hosted their event at Douglass Park.”


Riot Fest moves to the suburbs of Bridgeview

Riot Fest began in 2005 as a multi-venue punk-rock festival in Chicago. From 2012 to 2014, Riot Fest was held in Humboldt Park, where some residents, then Ald. Roberto Maldonado (26th) —he complained about the large crowd and the damage it caused to the park.

Many members of the Humboldt Park community were not disappointed when Riot Fest announced its move to Douglass Park in 2015.

Limited three-day general admission and VIP passes are on sale now.