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Riot Fest

Create the official t-shirt design for Riot Fest 2013.

Nothing screams “summer” quite as loudly as an outdoor music festival, and no outdoor music festival screams louder than Riot Fest. Your challenge is to create the perfect sideshow/carnival-inspired design for the official Riot Fest 2013 t-shirt. Not only will Riot Fest be in Chicago, but they will also be coming to Denver and Toronto.

What the heck is Riot Fest, you may ask? If a state fair had a baby with an underground punk show you would get Riot Fest. There are carnival rides and corn dogs and sideshow acts and more. Riot Fest will have camping in Denver and will be chugging maple syrup in Toronto. Different lineups in each city mean you have the perfect excuse to attend all three!

From its inception in 2005, Riot Fest has been rounding up influential punk and rock acts from all over (even outer space, just ask GWAR) to put on one of the most anticipated annual music festivals to send off summer. They’ve also played a hand in reuniting some much-loved bands, like The Replacements, who will play their first show in 22 years at Riot Fest.

Riot Fest even has carnival rides! And did we mention Lucha Libre? Plus, this year’s lineup boasts incredible acts such as Fall Out Boy, Blink 182, AFI, Violent Femmes, Blondie, and Rancid!

So flip on some Motörhead, browse some sideshow oddities, and start designing!

You may use the Riot Fest name and logo in your design, but no band names, logos, or likenesses are allowed.

You could win

  • $2000 cash

  • $500 Threadless gift code

  • 2 VIP passes to Riot Fest Chicago, including flight stipend and hotel

  • 4 runners up will receive 1 Riot Fest general admission weekend pass for the city of their choice (winner provides their own travel and lodging)

  • Other designs chosen for print from this challenge will receive compensation based on the product printed on & the quantity printed

This challenge has ended, winners will be announced soon!

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Riot Fest

Riot Fest

Riot Fest began as a multi-venue punk rock festival in Chicago in 2005. After booking (and even helping to reunite) tons of incredible bands and gaining major street cred, Riot Fest expanded to invade Chicago’s Humboldt Park last year, filling the space between stages with carnival rides, Lucha Libre rings, and mounds of cotton candy. With exceptional lineups in place for Chicago, Denver, and Toronto, Riot Fest 2013 promises to be the best yet.