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Summer is right around the corner for most people, so you know what that means! That’s right, it’s festival season for the music industry! That very special time of year, where you can pay upwards of $300 for up to 3 days trapped in a giant cage with tens of thousands of other people, where you can enjoy standing in disgustingly hot weather, eating bad $15 hot dogs, listening to your favorite bands as they try to play their songs through some of the worst audio setups imaginable, and getting elbowed by that ONE dude in the bucket hat. Well, maybe it’s just the ol’ selective amnesia kicking in, but it can actually be quite a bit of fun, and this year will (hopefully) be no exception, now that the official lineup for Riot Fest has been officially announced!

That’s right, after the absolutely amazing show last year, Riot Fest is back again all around North America The festival did have some trouble in Chicago this year, however, as they were kicked out of Humboldt Park for not taking proper care of the landscape (not true, by the way) and moved to the much worse off Douglas Park. Regardless, it’ll still be the same old Riot Fest, with the music that we all know and love. Here’s the first wave of bands that they announced for the Chicago show:

It’s very interesting to note the amount of reggae and hip hop that’s going to be there this year: Damien Marley, Skip Marley, Stephen Marley, Cypress Hill, Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube, Slightly Stoopid, The Dirty Heads, and Lee Scratch Perry are all going to be there this year. While there’s nothing wrong with those artists, it’s just a little strange to see them on the roster. Otherwise Motörhead, Tenacious D, Against Me!, The Damned, Gwar, Atreyu, Coheed and Cambria, Taking Back Sunday, Andrew W.K., Joyce Manor and Alvvays are all going to in attendance this year, and that’s only half of the lineup! The Denver show is just as good as the Chicago one, with a bit of variance:

Some highlights include a few of the bigger names from the Chicago lineup, with quite a few new names, including: Anthrax, Testament, The Get Up Kids, Swervedriver, and The Hotelier. As for the Toronto show, the lineup is smaller still, and is very similar to the Denver show:

All in all, if this is only half of the lineup, then this year is going to be pretty awesome for Riot Fest! Keep an eye out for that second wave of bands to be announced too, because it’s pretty certain that they’re saving the best for last…