A Chicago hospital is suing Riot Fest in attempt to stop the event from happening. St. Anthony Hospital has issued a temporary restraining order against the festival, which takes place in Chicago’s West Side in Douglas Park, with claims that the ‘extreme’ noise affects patients’ health.
Chris Mather, spokeswoman for Riot Fest, issued the following statement: “Attorneys for St. Anthony stated that they would file a lawsuit to seek to stop the festival unless the hospital was paid $154,000.”
The statement was followed by a press release from the co-founder of Riot Fest, Mike Petryshyn, which featured two alleged emails from the hospital.
“If these were critical concerns, why did St. Anthony’s not mention them in the multiple meetings we have had since June, but instead waited until less than ten days before the event to make the demand [of] $154,000,” he said.
Despite denying to comment about the alleged lawsuit, spokeswoman for St Anthony’s, Kathryn Grosso, said: “Saint Anthony’s reached out many times to the organizers of Riot Fest to voice their concerns, and Riot Fest made promises that they would abate the noise. Those promises were broken.”
“The bottom line is that Saint Anthony’s patients will not be able to peacefully heal when being forced to listen to heavy metal, rap and rock music blaring from stacked amplifiers just a few 100 feet away,” she added.