Did you miss Riot Fest this year? Or do you want to relive those last summer days seeing your favorite bands? Good news! Dying Scene contributor Meredith Goldberg and I have all the photos you’ll need from the three-day music festival held in Chicago September 16-18e2022.
We recap some of the bands from day one here with the live premiere of supergroup LS Dunes, one of my personal favorites Destroy Boys, featuring Foxy Shazam, Bob Vylan, Boston Manor and Pale Waves.
The day kicked off with British pop punk/synth pop band Pale Waves releasing their third studio album Undesirable about a month before. They were the first of several bands who traveled to the festival from the UK. Pretty cool!
Boston Manor is next in (you guessed it) the UK (Blackpool, England to be exact). This pop punk/post-hardcore band was featured on Punk becomes pop vol. seven in 2017 for their rendition of “Heathens” by Twenty One Pilots.
One of the great things about music festivals is discovering new bands that you may have never heard of otherwise. The English group Bob Vylan is exactly that; I never knew I needed them in my life until I saw them at Riot Fest. This abrasive punk rap duo blew me away with their energy and shameless cries against government oppression and xenophobia. The duo consists of vocalist Bobby Vylan and drummer Bobbie Vylan, together becoming Bob Vylan!
Glam rock stars Foxy Shazam dominated the festival with their dazzling performance (and attire) and quickly became crowd favorites. There was so much going on onstage, one minute you see keyboardist Schuyler White jumping into the crowd WITH his keyboard, and the next there’s guitarist Devon Williams swinging his guitar through the air with his mouth. Absolute madness.
The next one is a band that I’ve been loving for a year. I first saw Destroy Boys in December 2021 at the Cobra Lounge in Chicago and was thrilled to see they were on the lineup at Riot Fest this year. Definitely listen to “Locker Room Bully” and “Crybaby” when you get the chance.
Finally, we have LS Dunes! They are the post-hardcore supergroup led by Circa Survive and Saosin vocalist Anthony Green, with My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero, Coheed and Cambria guitarist Travis Stever, and Thursday bassist Tim Payne and drummer Tucker Rule. . They made their live debut at Riot Fest with heavy riffs and aggressive energy, certainly living up to the hype we were all hoping for. Do not hesitate to consult their album Past lives when it drops on November 11, 2022.
Check out the rest of the photos below and stay tuned for day two!