This year’s Riot Fest lineup trounced the 2014 lineup with big need-to-see talent so numerous that all 3 days felt necessary. Cypress Hill, Ice Cube (+more), Coheed and Cambria, Iggy Pop, Motörhead, and System Of A Down played one after the other on Friday (A lineup that alone trumps all 3 days of last year’s lineup). It began with Cypress Hill erupting the National Western Complex with a bass blast that initially sounded like a technical mishap -- but was actually just an obnoxious way to interrupt The Airborne Toxic Event’s show mid-performance and kick start their beginning.
Despite such a well-rounded lineup, System Of A Down undoubtedly stole the show, only being contested slightly by The Pixies killer performance on Saturday. But SOAD’s performance was faultless. There was no hesitation or meandering between songs, only a continuous, natural transition made possible by an impeccable endurance. It was a no non-sense, technically sound performance that never relied on gimmicky audience tricks or appeasement like many of the others. But to each their own style and Riot Fest featured a whole variety (within of the context of its punk rock agenda of course).
Outside of the music, there were the usual fest food and rides, with a bit more pizazz than you may expect. There were a considerable amount of options for vegetarians and vegans, and a lot more spice in terms of food options. This surprising variety and quality bled into the art vendors and so forth. This all-around consistency speaks for Riot Fest as a whole. It was fat with an assortment of artists large and small, some of which you wouldn’t expect and none of which disappointed.
`article by: Aaron Hunt