Riot Fest 2014

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The phrase “too big to fail” is one that carries with it a great amount of infamy in our culture, particularly in recent years and numerous economic crises we’ve had to face. Applied to this year’s Riot Fest, and we’re face with an altogether different creature. The festival itself has been around since 2005, starting in Chicago, but in 2012, expanded to such locales as Denver and Toronto. If one may allow this writer to change gears to a different metaphor, the organizers of Riot Fest have developed a reputation for loading up their plane with a mess of well-regarded artists so well that said plane could pretty much pilot itself. It’s an especially easy feat to look up the evening schedule for their Saturday set and not be convinced that the money one pays for a weekend pass isn’t worth it. Acts such as Brand New, Rise Against, Death From above 1979, The Flaming Lips, Billy Talent, and none other than The Cure of all bands. And that’s just a single evening, to say nothing of the smaller-time, but also talented bands from earlier in the day. Or perhaps the Sunday lineup would have been preferable to you, with such acts as The New Pornographers, Tokyo Police Club, Dropkick Murphys, Social Distortion, Stars, Death Cab for Cutie, The National, Metric and City & Color.

 
 

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