Live, in Photos: Riot Fest 2021

Shots of The Flaming Lips, Run the Jewels, Morrissey, Smashing Pumpkins, Slipknot, Vic Mensa, and more from Chicago this past weekend.

Punk, alternative, metal, and rap heroes of the past and present collided at Chicago’s Douglass Park this past weekend, as Riot Fest returned with a stacked three-day line-up (plus an opening night preview event on Thursday). Everyone from Morrissey and Smashing Pumpkins to Run the Jewels and Vic Mensa to Slipknot and Coheed and Cambria played main stage slots, while former Warped Tour luminaries such as Alkaline Trio, Motion City Soundtrack, and Thursday found a home with endearing fans that most other festivals don’t embrace. Photographer Timothy Hiatt says “every joint in my body hurts” after three days and four nights braving the pits to document the annual festival’s highlights, but survived with a cavalcade of great images.

See our full photo coverage of the festival below.

Run the Jewels 

Run the Jewels 

Run the Jewels 

Smashing Pumpkins 

Smashing Pumpkins 

Smashing Pumpkins 

Slipknot 

Slipknot 

Slipknot 

Morrissey 

Morrissey 

Morrissey 

Patti Smith 

Lupe Fiasco 

Lupe Fiasco

The Flaming Lips 

The Flaming Lips 

Meg Myers 

Big Freedia 

Big Freedia 

Motion City Soundtrack 

Alkaline Trio 

Gogol Bordello 

Vic Mensa 

Vic Mensa 

The Sounds 

The Mighty Mighty Bosstones 

Thursday 

K. Flay 

Ice-T 

Bleached 

Bayside 

The Weak Days 

Kristen Young

Rise Against 

Rise Against 

Rise Against

 

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