The best of Riot Fest Chicago 2012 (in photos)

By Meaghann Korbel
September 20, 2012

On the final weekend of the summer, Chicago’s Humboldt Park hosted the city’s eighth annual Riot Fest, the punk-, rock-, and hardcore-filled festival that has since branched to Brooklyn, Toronto, and Dallas. This year’s installment was special for more than its consolidated location in the park; it also boasted a brand-new carnival — featuring a Ferris wheel, funnel cake, and impossible-to-win prize games — to enjoy between sets.

ALARM contributor Lucy Hewett was on hand to document the weirdness and wildness and snap some of our favorite Riot Fest performers: GWAR, Andrew WK, Coheed and Cambria, Dropkick Murphys, Rise Against, Reverend Horton Heat, NOFX, and Elvis Costello & The Imposters.

Sadly, Alkaline Trio, Gogol Bordello, Iggy & The Stooges, Minus the Bear, and Cursive proved too elusive for our lenses.

By Meaghann Korbel September 20, 2012
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