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News Tue May 15 2012
Just past midnight this morning Riot Fest made their initial line-up announcement for the 2012 festival, and with a roster that includes Iggy and the Stooges, Elvis Costello and Descendents, you can color me impressed. Hell, when two acts that have headlined in the past (NOFX and Alkaline Trio) are now midway down the poster, you know the line-up has gotta be good. Eschewing their standard 5-day fest of individual shows around the city, this year they're changing it up and going the outdoor festival route with a carnival in Humboldt Park. That's right, a carnival. They're also bumping the festival up to Sept. 14-16, from their typical first week of October. If you've ever wanted to see a bunch of green haired, studded leather jacketed, mohawked punks of all ages ride a ferris wheel, the time has come.
Act fast to snag a $22 Saturday/Sunday pass via Groupon. UPDATE: The Groupon sold out before 10am. Otherwise, Riot Fest's ticket page offers a $36 early bird special for the 2-day weekend pass, a $90 full 3-day festival pass that includes all secret shows, or a $155 VIP pass that will get you a private bar with 10 drink tickets per day and a special viewing area near the stage.