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The Nine Types of People You'll See at Riot Fest

Riot Fest isn't just for the punks anymore. This festival, coming to Denver's Sports Authority Field at Mile High this weekend, is bringing an eclectic, loud lineup, and there will surely be a diverse crowd roaming the Byers-themed parking lot. To help you prepare, and maybe even dress, we've rounded up the nine types of people you'll see at Riot Fest. Please note that this is all based purely on our experience at Riot Fest Toronto, our assessment of the lineup and our random whims.

See also: The Five Best Reunited Bands Playing Riot Fest

1. Cool Dads

These dads proudly show off their tattoo sleeves and have no problem wearing vans, even though they probably can't skateboard now without breaking something. You'll see them with a toddler son on their shoulders, making sure said son is decked out in a "Buzzcocks" shirt and earplugs, because they know there's nothing cool about tinnitus.

Bands they came to see: The National, Descendents, Wu-Tang Clan Preferred dance move: Helping their toddler fist-pump Mandatory piece of attire: Skating shoes Carnival feature they're most excited about: Nothing says father-son-cute bonding moment of the day like a trip on the Ferris wheel.

2. Hipsters

Young hipsters are usually the main kind of crowd at festivals, but at a festival with a lineup as varied as Riot Fest's, they may be easier to spot. You'll see them in the back of crowds staring at their phones or nodding in semi-approval of whatever is happening on stage. They can also be found lying on blankets nowhere near a stage, taking selfies and discussing microbreweries that haven't opened yet, all with a certain lack of enthusiasm.

Bands they came to see: Die Antwoord, TV on the Radio, 3OH!3 ('cause irony) Preferred dance move: Rolling their eyes and throwing shade at random festival-goers Mandatory piece of attire: Glasses without a prescription Carnival feature they're most excited about: Is the old-timey bicycle the guy is riding on the map a ride? They would be all about that.

3. Sublime fans who were toddlers when Brad died.

With their tye-dye shirts and fedoras and bags of bud, these kids will be camped out by the Sublime stage all day. They don't care that Rome isn't Brad. The just know that "living life with Louie dog is the only way to stay sane," and that good times can always be found if you have a guitar and a view of the ocean -- or, in this case, the mountains.

Bands they came to see: Sublime, Flaming Lips Preferred dance move: Spinning in a circle or dancing with strangers. Mandatory piece of attire: Lack of shirt Carnival feature they're most excited about: Apple bobbing
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Isa Jones is an editor in Jackson Hole; her writing has appeared all over the Internet and occasionally in print.
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