Portraits from Riot Fest 2021 with Vic Mensa, Best Coast, Meg Myers, and Taking Back Sunday

Plus K.Flay, Bleached, Radkey, Anti-Flag, Joywave, and more from the fest grounds in Chicago.

When photographer Timothy Hiatt wasn’t busy traipsing across the Douglass Park festival grounds shooting live performances at Riot Fest, he was backstage capturing intimate portraits for FLOOD with many of the event’s most esteemed artists. He photographed everyone from Chicago’s own rap trailblazer Vic Mensa to LA indie icons Best Coast to pop-punk heavyweights Taking Back Sunday, with nearly all of the artists taking special notice of the fact that he was shooting on actual film with a Hasselblad 500 C/M. For camera nerds, you’re likely more than familiar with this model as being the camera pictured on Elvis Costello’s seminal This Year’s Model album cover, and was used to shoot scores of classic covers for The Beatles (Abbey Road), Rolling Stones, and David Bowie, among others.

Check out his portraits below, and see more of our live coverage from Riot Fest 2021 here.

Best Coast 

Meg Myers 

Taking Back Sunday 





Mother Mother 




Vic Mensa


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