CHICAGO — The Foo Fighters, The Postal Service, Death Cab for Cutie, The Cure and Queens of the Stone Age will headline this year’s Riot Fest.
The festival announced its lineup Tuesday morning. It’s set to take place Sept. 15-17 at Douglass Park, 1401 S. Sacramento Drive — though Park District officials have not yet signed off on the controversial event, which has faced significant pushback from neighbors who want it moved elsewhere.
The full lineup is online. The Gaslight Anthem, Say Anything and Tegan and Sara are also among the performers.
Tickets can be bought online. A three-day general admission pass is about $270, though there are VIP and other options.
The Park District has not yet approved permits for the fest, while neighbors and event organizers have for months clashed at meetings. Park District spokespeople did not answer Block Club’s questions last week about when officials will make the final call.
Some neighbors say the private festival takes up portions of the public park, blocking residents’ access; park grounds are damaged and access to nearby Mount Sinai Hospital is sometimes blocked by crowds of attendees. Neighbors have for years held protests and asked city officials to kick out the event.
Riot Fest has tried to win over neighbors by offering benefits — including free tickets, temporary jobs, park cleanups and beautification efforts — and meeting with them.
Riot Fest is holding a virtual community meeting 6 p.m. June 7 to connect with neighbors.
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