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Riot Fest Day Three: Fans Brave Rain and Mud, and The Replacements Return

By  Darryl Holliday and Jen Sabella | September 16, 2013 7:12am 

  Around 100,000 people attended Riot Fest over the weekend, organizers said.
Riot Fest Day Three
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HUMBOLDT PARK — Riot Fest 2013 ended on a cold and wet note Sunday, but that didn't stop fans from braving the mud and plummeting temperatures.

The heaviest rain of the day happened early on, but tapered off around the time Brand New took the stage at 6 p.m.

"It felt like I was in a foot of mud," said Jeremy Lane, 22, as he emerged from a throng of people, covered in mud from head to toe. "This is poncho weather."

Indeed, ponchos replaced other Riot Fest fashion trends on Sunday, along with garbage bags, umbrella hats and rain boots. Humboldt Park's fields and baseball diamonds also got a muddy makeover, with fans trying to navigate from one stage to the next without falling in a big puddle or slipping in the muck.

The fest attracted about 35,000 people Friday and Saturday, and by Sunday night about 100,000 people had attended the festival, according to organizers.

The younger crowds that packed the park for headliners Fall Out Boy on Friday and Blink 182 on Saturday tapered off after AFI played Sunday night, but fans of The Pixies and The Replacements stuck around — and there were a lot of them.

The Pixies played the hits ("Where is My Mind", "Debaser") along with some deep cuts ("Winterlong", "I've Been Tired"), and more than 22 years after they broke up during a Taste of Chicago show, The Replacements took the stage for the final performance of the 2013 festival.

Replacements fans young and old danced and played some serious air guitar during the set, and avoided the mosh pit woes of Friday and Saturday night.

"Hell of a weekend Chicago," the Riot Fest Twitter account said Sunday night. "Thank you, we love you."