Riot Fest 2012 Announces Lineup Additions Including Andrew W.K., Minus the Bear, The Adicts and More
Riot Fest and Carnival has announced their 2012 lineup for September 14th-16th. For the first time, the festival will be taking place outdoors at Humboldt Park and Congress Theater in Chicago, and tickets start at $18 a day. For the eighth year in a row, Riot Fest will be showcasing a variety of rock, indie, punk, and underground artists. Read more…
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All Hell Can’t Stop Us Now – LA Rising Live at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum (Rage Against the Machine, Muse, Rise Against, Lauryn Hill, Immortal Technique, Set List, Photos + More)
Rewind the clock nineteen years. Did anyone realize when first hearing Rage Against the Machine that the band would become a cultural juggernaut popular enough to easily headline their own festival? The band had auspicious beginnings for sure, but going backwards to those early days where “Freedom” played only on late-night MTV, the band seemed more like a “good idea” than an eye-opening, forceful behemoth. Now, at the pinnacle of their success in 2011, the band presented a festival all their own at the massive Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum stadium, dubbed L.A. Rising. How has the band accomplished such a feat? Done in partnership with Goldenvoice (the company famous for the likes of Coachella and Stagecoach), Rage Against the Machine picked the bands and Goldenvoice handled the logistics. The results were expectedly top heavy, as the opening acts suffered from consistent sound and mix troubles while headliners RATM and Muse delivered excellent performances.
All photos by Marv Watson
Sweltering heat engulfing Fontana set the initial backdrop for the weekend’s monstrous and highly anticipated festival, Epicenter 2010. The 106 degrees did not hinder the crowds, yet it incited the vibe and set the mood for the astonishing acts to come. Though the two days seemed to be dominated by headliners, Eminem, KISS, Rise Against, and Blink-182, every act had exceptional performances with two complete days of outstanding music. However, before we discuss the music festivities, an insight on the festival itself is always important. One thing is certain: KROQ understands how to host an event, for there were no major problems with logistics and facilities at Epicenter. Yes, there was the standard $5 water (which you could refill) and high-priced food, but that is expected at all concerts. There was somewhat adequate shelter from the blistering and unrelenting Inland Empire sun. All in all, compared to recent festivals, Epicenter 2010 was well orchestrated and highly enjoyable. But that’s enough non-music talk. Now to the reason 50,000 packed the Auto Club Speedway: the epic line-up.
All photos by Gary Moratz