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.
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.

Words: FLOOD Staff

photos by Timothy Hiatt

September 21, 2021

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