This is a huge year for the esoteric 80s inspired supergroup featuring Tony Kanal, Tom Dumont, and Adrian Young of No Doubt, and Davey Havok of AFI. Nearly three years since getting together, Dreamcar will release their debut album this May. Over the weekend the band performed at Coachella. They are also currently doing a club tour through the end of Spring, with no known plans slated for Riot Fest weekend.
Why we think Dreamcar will play Riot Fest: Both No Doubt and AFI have brought some of the most memorable Riot Fest performances to the main stages over the past few years. Dreamcar’s music is eclectic enough that it will appeal to a large number of Riot Fest attendees, and the lineup is intriguing enough that it’s not something most of us will want to miss.
Confidence Level: 69%
9). OK Go
In 2015, the formerly Chicago-based rock band that’s produced some of the best music videos in history was supposed to play the Chicago and Denver Riot Fests, and then suddenly, they didn’t. Two years later, OK Go is set to play shows the weekend leading up to Riot Fest. Sure, they’re a bigger wildcard than some of the other names on this list, but we can’t say we wouldn’t enjoy a “Here We Go Again” singalong from these spunky musicians turned activists.
Why we think OK Go will play Riot Fest: According to this speculation megathread on Reddit, the band gave a promising reply to the question, “Is OK Go playing Riot Fest 2017?” For us, that’s reason enough to believe.
Confidence Level: 50%
10). Four Year Strong
Roll with the punches because you know that it’s inevitable, soon to be unforgettable that Four Year Strong will play this year’s Riot Fest. The band has already spent most of 2017 on 10 year anniversary tours for one of their most beloved albums, Rise or Die Trying, a record that many Riot Fest regulars will be stoked to see live.
Why we think Four Year Strong will play Riot Fest: Riot Fest has historically booked bands that bridge the old with the new, this band kills it live every time, and in the teaser video we hear a contestant speak the words “Say something, say anything”, a line from “Heroes Get Remembered, Legends Never Die”, perhaps the biggest track on Rise or Die Trying.
Confidence Level: 80%