By Charlotte Lascelles
Chicago's annual rock festival is back for it's twelfth year with a stellar line-up that includes headliners Nine Inch Nails, Queens of the Stone Age and Jawbreaker. But if those aren't for you then here is a small personal selection:
A Day To Remember
Florida's "heaviest pop-punk band" are back at this year's Riot Fest five years after their last appearance. Anyone who has seen this band live will tell you of the absolute chaos that ensues during their performances that can go from everyone creating multiple circle pits to people throwing around inflatable animals and toilet roll which will make their set a major highlight for the entire weekend.
New Found Glory
A classic choice. The majority of bands on this years line-up will probably tell you that New Found Glory were a major influence for them, especially with their iconic album Sticks and Stones released back in 2002 that became a major driving force for the pop-punk movement in the early 2000s. If fancy having nostalgia with My Friends Over You, Hit Or Miss and All Downhill From Here, as well as hearing new tracks from their newest album Makes Me Sick then get yourself down to their set.
An equally important band in the pop-punk movement that were probably the main reason behind the infamous "2007 emo phase" that you may or may not have had. While having a change of sound with their recent album, After Laughter, that is heavily inspired by the 1980s new wave sound, they will still get everyone rocking out. So again if you fancy having a throwback with Misery Business, Ignorance and That's What You Get while also checking out their new sound with Still Into You and Hard Times then you know where to go.
The "new breed" of pop-punk, State Champs have achieved great success since the release of their debut album The Finer Things in 2013 and their second full-length Around The World and Back in 2015. Having recently finished a headline US tour with Don Broco, With Confidence and Against The Current that was memorable and praised for it's high energy and stand out performances that will no doubt be brought to their set Riot Fest. If you want craziness, go and see State Champs.
Taking Back Sunday
Ah, another classic band. Who hasn't sang along dramatically to Makedamnsure and Cute Without the E? If you said no you're either lying to yourself or are missing out on a high point of life. Having recently finish a European tour with Frank Iero and the Patience and are about to embark on a summer tour of the US there's no doubt that they will bring the full impact of their live shows to Riot Fest.