Riot Fest, Warped Tour, different ideas with the same goal

Riot Fest and Warped Tour will invade Chicago and the suburbs in what has been an annual rite of summer. The two music festivals share the common goal of bringing some of the best bands in punk rock, metal, and hardcore and have been successful executing so differently.

Warped Tour was formed in 1994 by Kevin Lyman, who still runs it today. Warped travels across the country during the summers months bringing dozens of acts to areas large enough to hold a six stage venue. Besides music, the tour has included extreme sports, tents upon tents of merchandise, and meet and greets with bands before and after sets. Warped has also traveled internationally to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Canada, and Europe.

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