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Riot Fest founder Mike Petryshyn: “I needed Riot Fest more than Riot Fest needed to be created”

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Justin Kaufmann and Michael Petryshyn

Mike Petryshyn, founder of Riot Fest, joins Justin to talk about his career, getting into punk rock as a young child, when he decided to get involved with the Chicago music community, the origins of the festival, the importance of having Naked Raygun play the festival, the decision to move the festival outside, making the switch from Humboldt Park to Douglas Park, how much he thinks about the relationship of the festival to the neighborhood, what goes into booking such a wildly popular festival, the challenges of booking the festival independently, the “is he or isn’t he” drama surrounding Morrissey’s performance, the Misfits reunion and if Riot Fest will ever outgrow Chicago.

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