Riot Fest is gearing up to be the best festival of 2017

If you haven’t already secured your tickets for Riot Fest 2017…what are you waiting for? When the festival was announced earlier this year…fans immediately began buzzing over this year’s bill. In April came the second-wave announcement, and to this already unbelievable list of artists, latest news confirms the return of DANZIG to be performing on Saturday’s line-up. 

The festival takes place mid-September, just over a month away… but event organizers are still working to make this years Riot Festival the event of 2017! It doesn’t get much better than a festival where you can enjoy legendary acts including Queens of the Stone Age, Wu-Tang Clan, Nine Inch Nails and Jawbreaker… pop/punk/emo favorites in Paramore, A Day To Remember, State Champs, Real Friends, Taking Back Sunday and so many more. 

The festival has announced their single day line ups, and general/VIP tickets (three day passes or single day entry) are still available! Don’t wait, grab your tickets before it’s too late! 

What sets Riot Fest apart from the several other music-festivals happening this summer? In addition to the unbeatable line-up of artists, there will also be a full-scale Carnival including all your favorite carnival games, the Hellzapoppin’ Sideshow Revue freak show and all the best food imaginable. Did we mention…food? 

This year, Riot Fest is also introducing… THE RIOT FEAST! Teaming up with the pop-up diner, Saved By The Max, you won’t want to miss out on this limited-time restaurant/bar in Chicago where the menu will be inspired by none other than Riot Fest itself! This carnival themed restaurant is serving up the food you dream about underneath their carnival decor. Rumor has it, some of the menu items include things like: TAKING BACK SUNDAES, a tribute to M.I.A. with BUCKY DONE DAIQUIRIS, PARAMOREOS, NEVER MIND THE CHICKEN, HERE’S THE FUNNEL CAKES and an ‘opener’ (their play on appetizers) called HAVE MERCY! CORNBREAD which is served up with a pat of John Stamos butter… what else could you ever ask for? The Riot Feast eatery is now open for business – but only for a short time! For more information and reservation opportunities visit their Facebook or check out their page on Riot Fest’s website here: http://riotfest.org/the-riot-feast/ 

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW

SEPTEMBER 15TH – 17TH AT DOUGLAS PARK. CHICAGO, IL.

Chris Hardwick’s ID10T Festival’s first year was a major success!

It seems nearly every week a new festival is announced — summer means weekends spent at your local amphitheater, hanging out with friends, enjoying good music — festival season is an absolute dream.

Looking for photos from the weekend’s festivities? Click thru for our photo gallery

Just when you thought things couldn’t get any better, affectionately appointed ‘king of the nerds,’ Chris Hardwick went and announced his first ever ID10T Festival, which took place this last weekend in Mountain View at the Shoreline Amphitheater. Where else can you check in and experience a day packed with music, comics, comedy, live panels, the amazing creativity of the vendors, the Power Rangers, cosplay, and more? That’s right. You can’t. The ID10T Festival was the first of it’s kind, perfectly blending together all forms of media and entertainment in a way that made the two-day event fun for attendees whether they were coming for the music, the comedy, the comics… there was no way you could leave without enjoying something unexpected. 

The incredibly diverse crowd of festival-goers first gathered on Saturday, and the best way to explain the atmosphere was spoken by Hardwick himself. While on stage with one of the panels, he looked to his left to a sea of people happily buzzing around to ‘Exhibitor Village’ and ‘Artist Alley’ which featured pop-up shops from Aftershock Comics, Aspen, Boomi Studios, Howtoons, Skybound, Fez-O-Rama, Tinkertart, and so many more. Hardwick beamed from ear-to-ear as he shared with the crowd how much it meant for him to see his vision come to life, to see enthusiasts out there, doing as he intended, enjoying everything the ID10T Festival had to offer. 

The skilled combination of comics, comedy and live music left for a truly remarkable and unique experience. It was almost impossible to be able to fit everything in the two provided days, but believe us, we tried! Saturday kicked off early with a panel from the Mystery Science Theater 3000 gang, leading up to a packed stage for Con Man, The Magicians, Stan Against Evil, and Nerdist Live! panels. These blocks were amazing insight for fans to be able to get an inside look and have the opportunity to talk to the creators and stars — from SyFy’s amazing series The Magicians discussing the next season and explaining how on earth they come up with the hand gestures associated with spells and which of their costumes they wish they could keep (like Margo’s crown), or the star/creator of Stan Against Evil, Dana Gould playfully joking that he would leave if there was one more question about co-star John McGinley’s time on Scrubs

The day leads up to a live taping of Hardwick’s very own Nerdist podcast with co-hosts Jonah Ray and Matt Mira, where they joked about everything under the sun (a lot of self-pleasure) and opened up the floor for questions. A lot of eager fans shared their personal struggles and how much Nerdist meant to them, though some took to the microphone a bit differently, including one fan who bravely used the mic for his personal ID10T complaint line to Mr. Hardwick himself. The fan addressed the lack of communication with the comedy tent (the fact that it was limited seating and tickets were needed for entry), to which Hardwick had offered to personally take care of it… though there was no need. Generous crowd members quickly hurried to the boy behind the microphone, offering up spare tickets to allow him to catch those at the comedy show that night: Matt Brauger, Hampton Count, Greg Proops and Nikki Glaser… followed by a second show with Irene Tu, Dan Mintz, Jonah Ray, Michael Ian Black and Demetri Martin all hosted by April Richardson. 

While these activities may have wrapped up around 8pm, the festival was just getting started as the panel stage turned into the Mad Decent Dance Stage, hosting sets by John Beaver, Griffin, Jai Wolf and Madeon. EDM not your thing? Then you had the option to head over to Shoreline’s main stage to catch headliners Lord Huron, Ok Go and Weezer closing out night one. 

Day two of the ID10T festival seemed even more successful than the previous — the panel stage never had an empty seat (and barely any available standing room) for Sunday’s guests: Futurama, Animaniacs Live!, Portlandia and Harmontown. The voice actors from Futurama (Phil LaMarr, Billy West and Maurice LaMarche) shared what it was like to be part of such an influential animated series, including tidbits about the Harvard-graduate written scripts and table reads that would bring them to tears (anyone remember Futurama’s infamous dog episode?). Animaniac voice actor Rob Paulsen, Maurice LaMarche and musician/lyricist Randy Rogel took the stage with a standing ovation as they performed renditions of memorable songs from the animated series produced by Steven Spielberg back in the ‘90s, including everyone’s favorite, “Yakko’s World.” As they closed with this performance, Paulsen gushed with admiration for Rogel, who auditioned for the show with the very same track, to which LaMarche happily boasted over his friend that it only took Paulsen a single take for the vocals to be tracked for the show. Such incredible insight for fans who grew up with “Yakko’s World” and other Animaniac moments constantly stuck in their heads!

The energy remained at an all time high for Portlandia stars Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein’s discussion of their hit show as they shared some of their favorite past moments, Fred’s happy decision to cut out facial hair from his characters and answered some pretty deep questions from the fans (including; “Are you happy?”). Harmontown closed out the panel stage with a live taping of their podcast, where Dan Harmon pushed the limits with his jokes, danced to some EDM lighting with the commentary and co-hosting Jeff Davis (Whose Line Is It Anyway) and Spencer Crittenden before a very real, and very special session of Dungeons and Dragons went underway. 

Comedians Natasha Muse, Marcella Arguello, Yassir Lester, Brian Posehn and the comedic/folk duo Garfunkel & Oates performed the first comedy set of the night — where Adrian McNair, Brent Weinbach, Mike Phirman and Michael Che closed out the comedy tent for good. Chris Hardwick made a surprise stop-in both days, sharing his jokes on parenting and even poking fun at the bumps to be expected with his festival’s first year. 

Sunday’s musical acts included Wax Motif, Party Favor, Troyboi and Zeds Dead at the Made Decent Dance Stage and headliners Animal Collective, TV On The Radio and Girl Talk — who turned Shoreline’s MainStage into one epic dance party. Whether you prefer the indie-rock/alternative or the ever-increasing energetic electro-house/EDM sets, there was no way you could be disappointed with the seamless blend the ID10T festival had to offer. 

Just how did Hardwick do it? It hasn’t been too uncommon this year for massive festivals to be announced (Fyre Festival, Karoondinha) and canceled due to their over-ambitious nature. Chris Hardwick has proved he was able to unveil the secret to success. With focuses on every major media out there, the ID10T Festival pulled off an amazing weekend that offered everything and more without overwhelming concert-goers. Of course, this isn’t to say there isn’t room for improvement, but we’re confident that Hardwick is already hard at work to make next year’s ID10T even better than the first, and already, we can’t wait! 

Be sure to check out our full photo gallery from the day here! 

 

Bay Area…. get ready for JUNE!

Hey BAY AREA! Are you guys ready for June? So many amazing shows and festivals are happening this month: starting off with the Colossal Clusterfest in San Francisco THIS weekend! And who could forget Live 105’s BFD kicking off mid-June on the 10th at Shoreline! To wrap up the month will be the FIRST EVER ID10T Festival created and hosted by Chris Hardwick, which brings together music, comedy, comics, video games, pop culture and so much more for one forgettable weekend on the 24th and 25th. Don’t miss out. Tickets are still available for all three events, but don’t wait! 

Festival season is officially here! You may have thought you missed out with the kick off of Coachella and the recently wrapped up BottleRock, but never fear! There are so many amazing events you won’t want to miss out on happening in June alone! 

First, the Colossal Clusterfest will be starting the month off! Happening THIS weekend, the 2nd to the 4th at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in San Francisco. What can you expect from something called the CLUSTERFEST? 50+ Comedians and a whole bunch of bands filling up 5 Stages! 

You can explore the worlds of some of your most beloved comedies: South Park, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, Seinfeld… enjoy acts from some incredibly funny people: Bill Burr, Kevin Hart, Sarah Silverman, Chris Hardwick, Hasan Minhaj… and so many more. Plus the BANDS! Musical acts include Ice Cube, Tegan and Sara, Lil Dicky, Vince Staples and we’re just getting started.

There will also be a ton of activities including a Drunk History Dunk Tank, a Cuervo Tequila Bar, Mystery Pizza boxes, a Paint-By-Number Wall and plenty more to keep you occupied all weekend. What are you waiting for? A limited number of tickets are still available!

You can visit the festival’s official website (or download their app) for more information and the ability to create a personal schedule to ensure you make the most of your weekend! 


Up next is the beloved BFD from the Bay’s very own Live 105. If you’re unfamiliar, the BFD is held every year at Shoreline Amphitheater and put on by our local radio station ever since June of 1994. Last year’s headliners for BFD included The Offspring, Fitz and The Tantrums, Silversun Pickups and so many more… this year, the line-up only gets better!

Happening ONE DAY ONLY: BFD will take place on Saturday, June 10th. Four stages will span over the Shoreline – including the Main Stage for headliners including headliners Phoenix, Franz Ferdinand, Cold War Kids, Andrew McMahon In The Wilderness. The Bud Light Festival Stage will have performances from Taking Back Sunday, New Politics, Highly Suspect, SWMRS and so much more… trickling down to the Subsonic Tent and the Local Band Stage for a day jammed-pack with fun.

You can visit Live 105’s Official website for further details and ticket information. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to see 30+ bands and this Bay Area tradition! 


Who can forget this year’s first ever ID10T Festival created and hosted by Chris Hardwick! This music/pop culture/media/comedy ultra-mash-up for us nerds will be closing out the month of June happening on Saturday the 24th and Sunday the 25th also at Shoreline Amphitheatre.

The ID10T Festival is the first ever of it’s kind. Bringing together all forms of media with comedy acts, comic books, video games, pop culture and of course: music. Where else can you see Weezer perform one minute and the next see a live taping of Chris Hardwick’s very own Nerdist podcast. As well as comedy performances by Demetri Martin, Nikki Glaser, Michael Che and so much more hosted both days by April Richardson. Special guests will include artists and creators such as Wil Wheaton, Fred Armisen, John C McGinley and really, we’re just getting started. 

Are you ready to experience this once-in-a-lifetime event? The musical acts include over 15+ bands, 10+ comedians, a whole bunch of guests from the biggest names in entertainment, a “Mad Decent Dance Tent” section, autograph signings, interactive games, rides and more! This really is everything you love and more, shoved together for your convenience. 

The Shoreline Amphitheatre is going to be transformed into something straight out of your dreams. Don’t miss out on this amazing, first ever experience. Tickets are still available, but don’t sleep on it! 


Only ONE WEEK until KROQ’s 2017 Weenie Roast… what to expect?

KROQ’s 2017 Weenie Roast y Fiesta is just one week away! With a massive line-up, including Weenie veterans in Incubus, Cage The Elephant, 311 and Paramore… alongside newcomers Andrew McMahon, Lorde and Lana Del Rey… this year’s sold out festival is expected to be the best yet! We’ve mapped out some of the essentials for next weekend, so you can avoid those WURST-case scenarios. 

We’re just ONE WEEK AWAY from this year’s world famous KROQ Weenie Roast y Fiesta! Taking place this year in Carson at the Stubhub Center! This year’s SOLD OUT festival includes acts from Lorde, Incubus, Imagine Dragons, Paramore, Cage The Elephant, 311, Lana Del Rey, Dreamcar, Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness, Judah & The Lion, New Politics and The Revivalists – what a massive line-up! 

KROQ’s Weenie Roast was founded all the way back in 1993 and has since been held annually in June. This is the first year the StubHub Center will be hosting the event, which took place every year (all twenty-three previous Weenie Roasts, except 2000 which was held at the Edison International Field) at the late and great iconic Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre (which closed it’s doors in October of last year but lives on in all of our hearts). 

What can you expect from the Weenie Roast y Fiesta? Complimentary sombreros for one,  it’s not called ‘y Fiesta’ for nothing.. But that’s not all! In 2015 the festival held their first annual “Pan Toss” — and no, we don’t mean skillets. During DJ Jeremiah Red’s party set, the KROQ team blasted fans with tasty baked goods (Mexican pan, those delicious pastries) and those on the dance floor LITERALLY ate it up! 

Previous line-ups have included some of the most influential artists to this day — Gin Blossoms, Stone Temple Pilots, The Violent Femmes, Green Day, The Ramones, Rancid, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Foo Fighters, Third Eye Blind, Blink 182, Metallica, My Chemical Romance, Motley Crue, Panic! At The Disco, Fall Out Boy… you get the idea. 

This year Incubus returns for the fifth year (their first appearance was back in 2000), Paramore returns for their first time since 2010, Cage The Elephant played back-to-back (to-back) in 2009-2011 and returns this year alongside newcomers such as Lorde, Andrew McMahon and Lana Del Rey. 

At a glance, it can seem overwhelming, we know! Set-times have yet to be released (we’re still one week away), but we assure you there will be a way to pack everything in your day, don’t worry! 

So, what do you prepare? We’ve compiled some quick tips to help while we count the hours to this exciting festival: 

If the rules follow in suite to the previous years: pack your swimsuit! Wearing your swimmies as part of your ensemble is a great way to beat the heat! Also, fans are allowed one gallon of food in a clear plastic bag (cut up fruit is a GREAT way to stay hydrated and refreshed). 

Unlike previous years – there will be no lawn section, so there’s no need for lawn chairs, beach towels, blankets, coolers… keep the picnicking items to a minimum! 

California weather can be a bit tricky, be sure to wear layers of clothing that can be taken on and off and be packed away easily! 

Wear comfortable shoes – duh! No need to elaborate here. As much as we all secretly love the comfort of Crocs, try to avoid them (they were included on the prohbited list of Irvine Meadows and may not be the best idea to try and wear inside StubHub’s center). 

Withdrawal cash in advance – but not too much! Nothing is worse than losing a ton of money (or valuables) at an event. Similarly, no one wants to wait in long lines at the ATM (or bathrooms, or concessions), so to try and eliminate that, prepare ahead!

GRAB SUNSCREEN! It seems like a no-brainer, but trust us. You’ll want to pack the SPF 80 and lots of it! Take it from a regular-festival-goer. We attended the iHeartradio Daytime Village in Vegas last year, continuously applied sunscreen and STILL headed home with massive burns across our arms, legs AND back! It was the exact opposite of fun. So be sure to pack sunscreen (in lotion form, since many venues prohibit the spray-on kind) and remember to keep applying! 

Baby wipes – you’ll thank us. In addition to a small container of hand sanitizer, we love packing a few baby wipes in a zip-lock bag… because festivals can be messy. Be ready to tackle anything. 

Phone charger – not a necessity, but they’re nice to have. Don’t have one? Don’t worry! StubHub center has charging lockers – but we’re willing to bet that’ll be an added line you’ll have to wait in to juice up. 

Stay hydrated – especially if you’re planning to drink alcohol! Nothing sucks more than being in the California sun and feeling feeble and dehydrated. And no one wants to spend their Weenie Roast in the First Aide center, missing out on all the fun! 

 

Most importantly? Be prepared to have fun. We know it sounds silly, and even a bit cliche, but KROQ’s Weenie Roast y Fiesta is one of the year’s first Summer Festival… and what better way to kick off the festival season than this unforgettable line-up in Los Angeles? 

Chris Hardwick presents the ID10T Festival!

Let’s face it: we’re a little spoiled here in the Silicon Valley. With all the exciting announcements for festivals this year and familiar music-staples to plan to attend, you can add a brand new and exciting experience to the list: the ID10T (pronounced I-D-TEN-T) Music Festival and Comic Conival, happening for the first year at the Shoreline Amphitheatre.

What is the ID10T Festival? It’s a celebration of everything us nerds love: music, comics, gaming, comedy, pop culture, technology and more. This groundbreaking event is the first of it’s kind to combine all of these medias together for a once-in-a-lifetime weekend happening in the Bay’s own backyard. 

The festival is created and hosted by none other than Chris Hardwick and will be so much more than just your typical concert experience. Of course, you’ll have your main stage acts, including headliners such as Weezer, OK Go, The Mowgli’s, Girl Talk, TV On The Radio and so much more. 

Where else can you enjoy such big names in the music industry and also catch comedy acts including Demetri Martin, Michael Che, Nikki Glaser, Garfunkel & Oates… and that’s not even half the acts! In addition to the comedy tent, there will also be a “Mad Decent Dance Tent” with sets by Madeon, Zeds Dead, Jai Wolf and so much more!

Still aren’t completely hyped? There will be over 50 of today’s best comic book artists and creators, as well as a daytime panel programming, live podcasts including Hardwick’s own Nerdist, interactive games, rides and more. 

This is all happening June 24th and 25th… but tickets go on sale THIS Friday! You can participate in the presale by using offer code “party” as early as Thursday 10am on March 9th! 

For further information, visit the festival’s official website: http://www.id10tfest.com/