Riot Fest 2022 Stirs Up a Killer Weekend of Music with Nine Inch Nails, My Chemical Romance and More: Recap and Photos

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Riot Fest 2022 proved to be a joyful musical party, featuring all your misfit friends and a bill stacked with nearly 100 of your favorite punk, rock, industrial, indie, and hip hop artists. The festival took place over three days (September 16th-18th) at Chicago’s Douglass Park.

This year’s lineup not only featured rock’s elder statespeople, but also the artists they influenced. Where else could you see Glenn Danzig headline one night at 67 years old and the teenagers of the Linda Lindas play the next afternoon?

Friday’s sunny weather matched the mood. “This is the best day of my life, and I hope it’s your best day too,” said Anberlin frontman Stephen Christian. The Florida alt-rockers offered a high-energy set that kicked off with “Never Take Friendship Personal,” conjuring many circle pits. On the Radicals Stage, a technical delay didn’t spoil the good vibes for Jeff Rosenstock fans. They sang along to Weezer’s “Say It Ain’t So” and Sublime’s “Santeria” while they waited. The band ripped through a barrage of songs from each of Rosenstock’s four albums to the crowd’s delight, fittingly kicking off with “NO TIME.”

“I’m not a cool guy anymore,” declares Descendents singer Milo Aukerman as he sang “Coolidge” while joking about his prescription sunglasses and wearing a water bottle strapped to his chest. Delivering more than 20 songs in a set that ranged from their iconic 1982 debut Milo Goes to College to their 2021 LP 9th & Walnut, Descendents proved they are still very cool.

On the cozy Rebel Stage, Cloud Nothings performed one of the day’s hardest-rocking sets ,including playing “Separation” for the first time since 2013. As night fell, Riot Fest veterans Taking Back Sunday got the emo fans dancing as Adam Lazzara vamped on stage swinging the microphone around his neck. Chicago natives Alkaline Trio took a moment during their set to admire the city’s skyline. “I’ve never seen Chicago look so beautiful,” mused Matt Skiba.

Friday’s tickets sold out, and it was apparent that My Chemical Romance was the reason. Attendees complained of long food and water lines that snaked through the festival grounds. With no competing headliners on other stages, a massive crowd packed in for MCR. Two-and-a-half years after their postponed reunion tour, fans got the triumphant set they wanted from Gerard Way and the band. Sporting sunglasses and a babushka, Way kicked off with new release “Foundations of Decay” before belting emo classics like “Helena” and “Welcome to the Black Parade.” Way stopped the show multiple times asking the compressed crowd to step back. “Be safe, take care of each other, and pick each other up,” he implored.

Riot Fest has cultivated a distinct aesthetic. Attendees rocked soaring mohawks, harnesses, fishnets, and a sea of black band T-shirts. On Saturday afternoon, a fan in a hot dog costume crowd surfed several times during 7 Seconds’ set. The hardcore veterans channeled 40 years of energy and the crowd responded by moshing, especially for the closers “Young ‘Til I Die” and a cover of “99 Red Balloons.” Singer Kevin Seconds shouted out War on Women, who were lighting up the Rebel Stage with feminist hardcore anthems. Waving a transgender flag that she plucked from the crowd, Shawna Potter said, “This is a great year at Riot Fest for women, trans, non-binary, and minority artists — but it could always be better.”

Another 40-year veteran band, Bad Religion, schooled the crowd in punk harmonies. “We’ve got a similar message to the last time we played here. It’s the new dark ages,” bandleader Greg Graffin teased before launching into the 2007 song of the same name.

Elsewhere on Saturday, fans on the Radicals Stage reveled in the prog-influenced emo of Sunny Day Real Estate, who recently reunited after a 12-year hiatus. Intergalactic barbarians GWAR packed the smaller Rebel Stage with blood, gore, and alien genitalia. “Nothing can stop us. Not even a heavily armed 18-year-old who crossed state lines,” declared Blothar before executing Kyle Rittenhouse, his blood spray soaking eager fans. Yellowcard reunited for the first time since 2017 on the Rise Stage to play their 2003 debut Ocean Avenue. Fans who traveled from as far as Chile, South Africa, and Brazil stayed put to bop along with the the full pop-punk classic.

Despite the warm weather, Halloween came early to Chicago on Saturday, with the Original Misfits as headliners. Glenn Danzig was eager to “get back to our regularly scheduled program” after playing the classic album Walk Among Us in full. He fielded requests from the crowd, delivering “Bullet” and “Hollywood Babylon” in his signature baritone before closing with “We Are 138.” Bassist Jerry Only and guitarist Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein completed the scene with ghoulish face paint and several smashed bass guitars.

Women rocked on Sunday, starting with the teenage troupe the Linda Lindas. The infectious punk quartet dedicated two songs to their cats before tearing down a “Racist, Sexist Boy” and covering Bikini Kill’s “Rebel Girl.” Later on the same stage, the Yeah Yeahs’ Karen O dedicated “Maps” to the Linda Lindas and to Sleater-Kinney who “paved the way.” The band incited an indie rock dance party led by Karen in an iridescent dress and headpiece. Fans soaked up her sparkle, equally excited to hear new singles “Spitting Off the Edge of the World” and “Burning” along with classics like “Zero” and “Heads Will Roll.”

Even after the departure of drummer Janet Weiss, Sleater-Kinney lived up to their iconic status with Carrie Brownstein and Corin Tucker joined by Angie Boylan behind the kit. The powerful set included classics like “Dig Me Out” and “Modern Girl,” before closing with “The Center Won’t Hold.”

Hip-hop ruled the Rise Stage, where Coolio performed with a live band followed by Action Bronson and Ice Cube. Trent Reznor presided over the weekend’s closing ceremonies with a 20-song Nine Inch Nails set. “This is one of our favorite festivals in the world,” he said. “We’re fucking glad to be here after COVID and everything else.”

The NIN set featured industrial bangers and a pulsing light show. The crowd raged to favorites like “Closer” and “The Hand That Feeds” while “God Break Down the Door” delivered a glitchy interlude with live saxophone. The weekend ended with the crowd singing together under a dark sky, first to “Head Like a Hole” and then to the set-closing “Hurt.” Between songs, Ice Cube’s vocals drifted over from the Rise Stage. “Today was a good day.”

Photo Gallery – Riot Fest 2022 (click to expand and scroll through):

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jason Pendleton

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday

Taking Back Sunday, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man

Portugal. The Man, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance

My Chemical Romance, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg

Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock

Jeff Rosenstock, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Foxy Shazam
Foxy Shazam

Foxy Shazam, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Descendents
Descendents

Descendents, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Descendents
Descendents

Descendents, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Descendents
Descendents

Descendents, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings

Cloud Nothings, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Bleachers
Bleachers

Bleachers, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Bleachers
Bleachers

Bleachers, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Aviva
Aviva

Aviva, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Aviva
Aviva

Aviva, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Anberlin
Anberlin

Anberlin, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Anberlin
Anberlin

Anberlin, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Anberlin
Anberlin

Anberlin, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio

Alkaline Trio, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

War on Women
War on Women

War on Women, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

War on Women
War on Women

War on Women, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Yellow Card
Yellow Card

Yellow Card, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Yellow Card
Yellow Card

Yellow Card, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

The Misfits
The Misfits

The Misfits, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

The Get Up Kids
The Get Up Kids

The Get Up Kids, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

The Misfits
The Misfits

The Misfits, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Yellow Card
Yellow Card

Yellow Card, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

The Get Up Kids
The Get Up Kids

The Get Up Kids, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

The Misfits
The Misfits

The Misfits, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Jxdn
Jxdn

Jxdn, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Yellow Card
Yellow Card

Yellow Card, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate

Sunny Day Real Estate, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate

Sunny Day Real Estate, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate

Sunny Day Real Estate, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

GWAR
GWAR

GWAR, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

GWAR
GWAR

GWAR, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

GWAR
GWAR

GWAR, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

GWAR
GWAR

GWAR, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Bad Religion
Bad Religion

Bad Religion, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Bad Religion
Bad Religion

Bad Religion, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Bad Religion
Bad Religion

Bad Religion, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

7 Seconds
7 Seconds

7 Seconds, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

7 Seconds
7 Seconds

7 Seconds, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

7 Seconds
7 Seconds

7 Seconds, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

7 Seconds
7 Seconds

7 Seconds, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Anthony Linh Nguyen

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Anthony Linh Nguyen

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Anthony Linh Nguyen

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Anthony Linh Nguyen

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Anthony Linh Nguyen

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Anthony Linh Nguyen

Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails

Nine Inch Nails, photo by Anthony Linh Nguyen

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus

Zola Jesus, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs

Yeah Yeah Yeahs, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

The Linda Lindas
The Linda Lindas

The Linda Lindas, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

The Linda Lindas
The Linda Lindas

The Linda Lindas, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney

Sleater Kinney, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney

Sleater Kinney, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney

Sleater Kinney, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney

Sleater Kinney, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Polica
Polica

Polica, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022

Riot Fest 2022, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake

Less Than Jake, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Jawbox
Jawbox

Jawbox, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Jawbox
Jawbox

Jawbox, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Coolio
Coolio

Coolio, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Coolio
Coolio

Coolio, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Alice Glass
Alice Glass

Alice Glass, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

Alice Glass
Alice Glass

Alice Glass, photo by Jessica Mlinaric

My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday
Taking Back Sunday
Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man
Portugal. The Man
My Chemical Romance
My Chemical Romance
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg
Marky Ramone's Blitzkrieg
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock
Jeff Rosenstock
Foxy Shazam
Foxy Shazam
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Descendents
Descendents
Descendents
Descendents
Descendents
Descendents
Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Cloud Nothings
Bleachers
Bleachers
Bleachers
Bleachers
Aviva
Aviva
Aviva
Aviva
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Anberlin
Anberlin
Anberlin
Anberlin
Anberlin
Anberlin
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio
Alkaline Trio
War on Women
War on Women
War on Women
War on Women
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Yellow Card
Yellow Card
Yellow Card
Yellow Card
The Misfits
The Misfits
The Get Up Kids
The Get Up Kids
The Misfits
The Misfits
Yellow Card
Yellow Card
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
The Get Up Kids
The Get Up Kids
The Misfits
The Misfits
Jxdn
Jxdn
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Yellow Card
Yellow Card
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
Sunny Day Real Estate
GWAR
GWAR
GWAR
GWAR
GWAR
GWAR
GWAR
GWAR
Bad Religion
Bad Religion
Bad Religion
Bad Religion
Bad Religion
Bad Religion
7 Seconds
7 Seconds
7 Seconds
7 Seconds
7 Seconds
7 Seconds
7 Seconds
7 Seconds
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Nine Inch Nails
Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus
Zola Jesus
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
The Linda Lindas
The Linda Lindas
The Linda Lindas
The Linda Lindas
Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney
Sleater Kinney
Polica
Polica
Riot Fest 2022
Riot Fest 2022
Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake
Less Than Jake
Jawbox
Jawbox
Jawbox
Jawbox
Coolio
Coolio
Coolio
Coolio
Alice Glass
Alice Glass
Alice Glass
Alice Glass

Riot Fest 2022 Stirs Up a Killer Weekend of Music with Nine Inch Nails, My Chemical Romance and More: Recap and Photos
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