For the past 14 years, Riot Fest has graced various Chicago parks with some of our favorite emo, pop punk, rock, and the occasional rap artist. From The Flaming Lips, to Nas, to The Descendents (an original staple to the festival) they boast quite an impressive roster.
The 2018 lineup was no different. The original lineup included tons of our faves, like Blink 182, Beck, Father John Misty, Blondie, and so many more.
But then, our hearts were broken when Riot Fest announced that Blink 182 will be cancelling their fall tour, including their Riot Fest appearance, due to Travis Barker’s current health issues.
Blink put out a statement Thursday afternoon, addressing the Riot Fest cancellation, as well at the headlining tour date cancellations. While they didn’t go in to details on Travis’ health, it seems like something he’s been struggling with for quite some time. Whatever is going on, we’re praying for Travis and counting the days until the band headlines Riot Fest 2019.
— blink-182 (@blink182) September 6, 2018
Fortunately, for the tremendously patient Riot Fest ticket holders, the fest has managed to pull together some last minute acts. Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, and Run the Jewels will be stepping in for Blink. Let’s be real, no single band could replace Mark,
Tom Matt Skiba, and Travis so it seems like Riot Fest is doing something right by bringing in 2 new acts.
This cancellation comes amidst many complaints on social media about Riot Fest’s lack of organization. Media professionals have been frustrated over lack of communication, ticket holders have been frustrated over lack of schedule announcements, and fans have been frustrated over lack of information on single day tickets. Could this all be related to the Blink 182 back out? Or has the festival just outgrown its capabilities?
Let us know what you think, or if you’ll be attending, in the comments or by tweeting us @Soundigest!
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