Beck, Elvis Costello, Blink-182 Confirmed For 2018 Riot Fest

The eclectic line-up also includes Incubus, Blondie, Jerry Lee Lewis, Gary Numan and Liz Phair

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Blink-182, Beck and Elvis Costello & The Imposters have been confirmed among the big names for this year’s Riot Fest, which takes place at Douglas Park in Chicago, Illinois, from 14 – 16 September. The eclectic line-up also includes Incubus, Blondie and Jerry Lee Lewis.

Father John Misty, The Jesus Lizard, Gary Numan and Liz Phair are among the newcomers to the festival and this year’s line-up will also feature the first-ever Chicago show from Calpurnia, which is fronted by Stranger Things’ Finn Wolfhard.

Interpol, Johnny Marr, Bleachers, Alkaline Trio, Fear, Bad Religion, Atmosphere, Pussy Riot, Superchunk, Digable Planets and Cypress Hill are also among the first wave of the more than 80 bands announced to perform during the festival’s 14th year.

On Wednesday, Riot Fest teased some of the acts that would be performing prior to making the first wave announcement with a video, which featured line-up hints performed via a roving polka band, who played snippets of songs from Dropkick Murphys, Alkaline Trio, Blondie, Jerry Lee Lewis and Elvis Costello.

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As in previous years, the three-day festival promises select performances of seminal albums played in their entirety, which will be announced at a later date along with additional headliners and acts. The festival also features sideshow performers and carnival rides and games.

Riot Fest was established in Chicago in 2005, by Sean McKeough, who also co-produced Chicago’s Motoblot annual motorcycle rally. Riot Fest spent seven years as a multi-venue festival, using the Metro, Subterranean, Double Door, Cobra Lounge and the Congress Theater to present bands over a three-day weekend, such as Social Distortion, Danzig, Cock Sparrer, Weezer, Alkaline Trio, The Mighty Mighty Bosstones, Bad Brains, The Dead Milkmen, Fun., The Lawrence Arms, Bad Religion, The Murder City Devils, Butthole Surfers, The Suicide Machines, and more.

Tickets for this year’s Riot Fest go on sale on Wednesday at 8 p.m. Central Time.

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