Above / Classic rock artist Billy Idol will take the Main Stage during Ribfest 2019 on July 3. 

UPDATE, Jan. 17, 2019 /  Due to an overwhelming response, Ribfest organizers announced today that ticket sales for Billy Idol Concert at Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest begin at 10AM CST Friday, January 18, 2019. Ticket prices start at a reduced price of $35.

For tickets, visit ribfest.net for tickets. 


2019 Ribfest at Knoch Park is set for July 3-6. Stay tuned.

Original Post, Jan. 15, 2019 / Billy Idol will headline Naperville’s Ribfest in Knoch Park on Wed., July 3.  The first lineup announcement for 2019 has the Ribfest chairs and the club smiling. 

“Billy Idol has always been ahead of his time. He’s unique and talented”, says Pete Paulsen, co-chair of 2019 Ribfest, “and this is his first performance at Ribfest. We’re planning for a big night.”

Tickets for Ribfest go on sale at 10AM Fri., Jan. 18, 2019, via ribfest.net

Current Ribfest 2019 Grand Sponsors include ABC7 Chicago, Great Lakes Coca-Cola, D & J Amusements, Jewel-Osco, Miller Lite, Euclid Beverage, Nathan’s Famous Beef Franks, and Navistar. 

Billy Idol Brief Bio 

Billy Idol is an early architect of the sound, style, and fury of punk rock. His lip- curling sneer and fist-pumping persona vaulted him into the mainstream as one of MTV’s first megastars, making him one of the most recognizable faces in pop music, while selling out arenas everywhere he played. He has sold 40 million albums while scoring numerous platinum albums worldwide, nine top forty singles in the U.S. and 10 in the U.K. including “Dancing With Myself, “White Wedding,” “Rebel Yell,” “Mony Mony,” “Eyes Without A Face,” “Flesh For Fantasy,” and “Cradle Of Love.”

Billy was responsible for some of punk rock’s most memorable, literate, and evocative moments and created a pioneering new sound by bringing the spirit of ’77 to the dance floor, going on to fashion an immediately identifiable musical blueprint that integrates club-land throb, rockabilly desperation, and rock’n’roll decadence.

Idol returned to the spotlight in the fall of 2014 with two high profile releases that marked the latest chapter in the long and remarkable story of a musician, an inventor, a survivor, a father, a son, a man who returned from the brink, and a rebel whose yells made the mainstream sit up and pay attention.

Naperville’s Ribfest                                                             

Mission-driven and volunteer run, Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest is a premier Midwestern 4th of July concert series and celebration.  In cooperation with its partners, the City of Naperville and the Naperville Park District, Ribfest, in its 32nd year, now draws more than 150,000 visitors annually.  Net proceeds from Ribfest directly support 50-plus agencies that work tirelessly to eliminate child abuse and domestic violence in all forms. To date, Exchange has donated over $17.5 million to these agencies.

Story and photo submitted by Mary Howenstine, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, for Exchange Club of Naperville’s Ribfest 2018.