- Exclusive pre-sale: $89.98 for one single-day admission to Riot Fest
- When: Saturday, September 19, or Sunday, September 20. Each day begins at 11 a.m.
- Where: Downsview Park
- Door time: 11 a.m.
- General admission
- Click to view the full lineup
- The Prodigy: Called “the premiere dance act for the alternative masses” by AllMusic.com, the British electronica-meets-rave-meets-punk-meets-everything group has conquered airwaves around the world with pulsing hits such as “Breathe” and “Firestarter.”
- Wu-Tang Clan: All nine members (Raekwon, GZA, RZA, Ghostface Killah, Method Man, Inspectah Deck, U-God, Masta Killa, and Cappadonna…RIP, O.D.B.) of the legendary New York hip-hop collective prove why Rolling Stone calls them “The best rap group ever” in a mic-passing set that encompasses their career dynasty, from 36 Chambers to 2014’s A Better Tomorrow
- Alexisonfire: This post-hardcore outfit balances throat-tearing howls with finessed musicianship, a blend that Allmusic.com says allows them to fully embrace the genre “with aggression, passion, and a controlled intensity that pushes their playing, singing, and—yes, screaming—to the limit, although not without direction or need.”
- Against Me!: The lauded Florida punk-rock force attacks with pop songs smashed into shards and wielded as weapons. From underground beginnings as a raucous acoustic act, the band took on members and studio polish for 2007’s major-label debut New Wave , which was voted Spin’s Album of the Year. But their coup de grâce came in 2014 with Transgender Dysphoria Blues, an angry, snarling, yet still catchy record that dealt with singer Laura Jane Grace coming out as a transgender woman.
- Also: Mötorhead | All Time Low | Tyler, The Creator | Coheed and Cambria
Full Album Plays
- Weezer: These titans of alternative rock have a vast well of hits they’re not afraid to tap, but for Riot Fest, they’ll tear through crunchy power-pop favorites such as “Buddy Holly” and “Say It Ain’t So” as they play The Blue Album in its entirety. But that’s just the beginning: next they’ll dig into the rougher Pinkerton, track by romantically angsty track.
- Rancid: The platinum-selling punk revivalists rip through their seminal 1995 album …and Out Come the Wolves, which earned them massive record sales and a major presence on MTV without shying away from their raucous roots
- Drive Like Jehu: San Diego post-hardcore band that laid the groundwork for emo with their intense, shiver-inducing vocals
- Thrice: Another California post-hardcore outfit, the band blends punk, screamo, and pop into their own aggressive, shiver-inducing sound
- Also: Babes in Toyland
- To See: the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue
- To Do: take a spin on carnival rides, play midway-style games, or gaze down on the grounds from atop a ferris wheel