Blink 182, Bikini Kill & Raconteurs Lead Reunion-Heavy Riot Fest 2019 Lineup
The Chicago festival will feature Flaming Lips, Ween, Bloc Party and Taking Back Sunday playing iconic albums in their entirety.
After missing the 2018 show because of illness, blink-182 is making up for last year's cancellation at Riot Fest with a headlining set at the Chicago music celebration in Douglas Park, Sept 13-15.
Blink-182 leads a reunion-heavy lineup at this year's 15th anniversary event, although there's no plans for the punk band's co-founders Travis Barker and Tom Hoppus to reunite with founding member Tom DeLonge during their headlining set at the 15-year-old festival Billboard has learned. Still, an appearance by DeLonge for a few songs during the set can't be completely ruled out. DeLonge parted ways with blink-182 in 2015 and last week told 91X radio in San Diego that talks of a reunion have begun -- "we're always discussing what makes sense and when."
While Blink might not be getting back together, the recently reunited riot grrrl pioneers Bikini Kill are playing their first show in Chicago since breaking up in 1997, while the Jack White-led Raconteurs' set at this year's fest will be the band's first show in Chicago in 11 years.
Riot Fest will also be a goodbye moment for Slayer and the B-52s, both of whom say their performance at the outdoor festival will be their last in Chicago. This year's Riot Fest has a number of bands playing iconic records in their entirety, including Flaming Lips who are performing the 2002 album Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots, Ween performing their 1997 record The Mollusk and Bloc Party revisiting Silent Alarm in for the album’s 15th anniversary. The recently reunited Richmond punk band Avail will perform Over The James from start to finish, while Taking Back Sunday come together to play their 2002 record Tell All Your Friends and their 2005's Louder Now.
In total 13 albums performances are planned for this year's festival, as well as sets by South African "I Fink You Freeky" outfit Die Antwoord, rock icon Patti Smith & Her Band, East Bay punk legends Rancid, British working class heroes Cocksparrer and '70s disco icons the Village People.
Tickets are on sale now. Visit riotfest.org for more information.