Well if last summer was any indication; Riot Fest was the best summer festival that swept through our woods in 2013. For an out of towner American festival it brought pure punk rock and the ambience. The Canadians loved the neighbourly musical love and we left wanting more!
Just announced today, Riot Fest will be bringing their travelling Expo to Downsview Park from September 6th and 7th with the likes of City and Colour, Metric, The National, Billy Talent, Rise Against, The Flaming Lips, Social Distortion, Death Cab for Cutie, Death from Above 1979, Brand New, Paul Weller, AWOLNATION, Stars, The Head and the Heart, Dropkick Murphys, Die Antwoord, Tokyo Police Club, The New Pornographers, Taking Back Sunday, Bring Me the Horizon, The Afghan Whigs, Alkaline Trio, Glassjaw, Bob Mould, Thurston Moore, Buzzcocks, Clutch, New Found Glory, Circa Survive, Manchester Orchestra, Lucero, Title Fight, Bad Suns, Citizen, Lemuria, Mounties, PUP, Nostalghia, Radkey, Rubblebucket, Pentimento, Broncho, The Hotelier, Laura Stevenson, The Beaches, Somos, Restorations, Say Yes, Seaway, Wounds, Little Big League, & More to be announced…
Really? With this type of decadence – maybe Rob Ford will take up Riot Fest’s invitation and show up after all! Fingers crossed.
The new Downsview Park location marks a significant expansion for the festival, allowing its patrons to enjoy a weekend packed with music across four stages and a full carnival atmosphere.
Riot Fest has become a premiere festival series that attracts music lovers of all ages from all over the world. Last year, Riot Fest Toronto delivered an incredible line up of homegrown and international artists, including the historic reunion of seminal Minneapolis punk band The Replacements, banding together to play Riot Fest after over two decades away. Unified by a love of great bands and good fun, fans will stuff themselves with everything from carnival corndogs to ethnic and craft food while enjoying rides, attractions, side show performers and the most distinctive line-ups available. Toronto’s fest is something very special to festival organizer and founder, Michael Petryshyn, and he hopes you share his excitement in celebrating the wonderful city and culture of Toronto. “Ever since I was a young kid living in Buffalo, Ontario was a second home to me where I caught my musical bearings and was turned on to everything from The Clash to the Sex Pistols to The Viletones and Diodes. Like I tell everyone, Toronto is one of the greatest cities in the world, from its food to culture, but most importantly, to me, the Toronto bands who’ve created music that matters,” he explained.
Well Riot Fest you have wooed us again – Let’s do this Canucks!
Full link to purchase Riot Fest & Expo Toronto tickets on sale May 10 at 10am EDT:
Soon to be announced:
Riot Fest & Carnival – Chicago, IL – September 12-14
Riot Fest & Sideshow – Denver, CO – September 19-21