Riot Fest Moves To SeatGeek Stadium With Fall Out Boy, NOFX, Beck, Slayer & More; Adds Immersive ‘RiotLand’

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There’s big changes afoot at Chicago’s legendary Riot Fest, which is making a venue change from Douglass Park to SeatGeek Stadium in Bridgeview, Illinois, and adding an immersive RiotLand where festivalgoers can “Choose Your Own Adventure” Sept. 22-22.

The festival made the announcement as it released its 2024 lineup, with more than 90 rock and alternative bands including Fall Out Boy, Beck, Slayer, Pavement, St. Vincent, Rob Zombie, Bright Eyes, Sublime, The Offspring, Dr. Dog and more.

Two- and three-day passes are available at the festival website.

RiotLand is set to transform Riot Fest into an interactive playground where attendees can explore and engage with various themed areas and activities. While the activation experiences will change from day to night, RiotLand is a place “where you can escape from the real world and be yourself,” the announcement says.

A fully interactive site will be unveiled in the coming weeks, but Riot Fest revealed the 2024 edition will include: Q101 Radio Tower, a nostalgic tribute to an iconic radio station, featuring live broadcasts and unique photo opportunities; NOFX World, a stage and area dedicated to celebrating the music and legacy of NOFX, led by ringmaster Fat Mike; Cabaret Metro Stage, a nod to the legendary Chicago venue, Metro, where many Riot Fest alum cut their teeth long before headlining the festival; AAA Stage, an homage to the warehouse where Riot Fest hosted many secret shows in the earlier days of the festival.

There will also be the House of Law, a courthouse by day, OZ nightclub at night. RiotLand’s only gay punk and dance club that only opens at night; Kevin Smith Tribute Zones including Quick Stop, an immersive re-creation of the famous convenience store from “Clerks;” Cretin Prairie Center, an area inspired by the film “Mallrats,” featuring themed activities and surprises.

A casino is included, along with “the world’s largest festival bar,” a “Butter Stamos,” “Nihilist Arby’s,” and making their returns are longtime fan favorites including the wedding chapel, Riot Pop!! Skate ramp, free arcade games, Professor Pizza, Hellzapoppin Circus, and a mini golf course.

Fall Out Boy makes its first Riot Fest appearance on Friday, while Saturday brings out the alternative and indie rock favorites including Beck and a rare performance from Pavement. Sunday features a reunion performance by metal legends Slayer, and NOFX, making its final farewell to RiotFest, performs all three days.

Other performers include Manchester Orchestra, Public Enemy’s reunion, The Marley Brothers featuring Ziggy, Stephen, Julian, Ky-Mani and Damian performing a Bob Marley set; and Something Corporate playing their first Chicago show since 2010. Laura Jane Grace teams up with Catbite to play an Operation Ivy set, and Michael C. Hall (of Dexter and Six Feet Under fame) hits the stage with his band Princess Goes, performing synth-driven goth pop. Festival favorites Taking Back Sunday and GWAR will also return in 2024.