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Riot Fest melts faces in the park
2017-09-20

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Riot Fest rocked Douglas Park once again this year on Sept. 15-17. The weather was sunny with temperatures above 80 degrees—practically melting faces of diehard fans that love to head bang to guitar solos.

The lineup, while metal-focused, still had enough variety to attract the minions of all ages. New generations were introduced to Nine Inch Nails, who headlined Sept. 15 with retro acts like X, Ministry and New Order supporting. Rapper Vic Mensa showed festival organizers were thinking outside of the box and that new artists deserve a chance to strut their stuff.

Saturday included more rap, with Wu-Tang Clan and the stylings of Gogol Bordello. Peaches taught the crowd some gender diversity with electronic beats and outlandish costumes.

Rockers like Bad Brains and Danzig kept heads bobbing until Queens of the Stone Age arrived to finish the day.

The Sept. 17 line-up had hitmakers of the past returning to perform their entire records, with artists such as Mighty Might Bosstones, with the album Let's Face It, and Dinosaur Jr., with You're Living All Over Me.

M.I.A. showed once again she is queen of the outdoor festival before the pop act Paramore sang Top 40 tunes. The '90s band Jawbreaker reunited to end the weekend full of food, carnival rides and music.

Photos and text by Jerry Nunn


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