[UPDATE 8/19/21]: Following the announcement that Nine Inch Nails have canceled all 2021 appearances due to COVID-19 concerns, Riot Fest has confirmed alternate lineup plans for its 2021 event, originally set to take place in Chicago, IL on September 17th, 18th, and 19th.

The festival has now opened up its Thursday, September 16th “Preview Party” featuring Morrissey and a “curated lineup with very special guests” to everyone. All three-day and Sunday ticket holders will now have access to the Thursday event. Proceeds from Thursday ticket sales are set to benefit local organizations including Chicago Coalition for the Homeless.

In addition to the extra day with Morrissey, Riot Fest has added Slipknot to the Sunday linupe to fill the slot vacated by NIN.

Read the full note from Riot Fest organizers about the lineup re-shuffling and added Thursday Preview Party below.


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[5/14/21]: Riot Fest has announced the lineup for its return to Chicago, IL’s Douglass Park on September 17th, 18th, and 19th, 2021. In addition, festival organizers got out ahead of their 2022 event by announcing confirming the same September weekend (9/16–9/18) for the festival’s 2022 event.

The 2022 event will be headlined by My Chemical Romance, the only one of the 2021 headliners announced when Riot Fest canceled its 2020 event that does not appear on the updated 2021 roster.

This year’s Riot Fest lineup is lead by 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Nine Inch Nails alongside fellow “heavy” heavyweights Smashing PumpkinsRun The JewelsPixiesFaith No More, a recently reunited Mr. BungleDevo, and Coheed and Cambria. Other artists set to appear include NOFXNew Found GloryDirty HeadsSublime with RomeLupe Fiasco (performing The Cool), Vic MensaSimple PlanDinosaur Jr.Gogol BordelloMotion City SoundtrackBaysideBig FreediaAndrew W.K.Living Colour, and more.

Three-day tickets for both the 2021 and 2022 editions of Riot Fest are available now. 2021 single-day passes will go on sale next week along with the announcement of additional Riot Fest 2021 performers.

Founded in 2005, Riot Fest is an independent music festival featuring the best of punk, rock ‘n’ roll, hip hop, metal, alternative, and just about everything in between. Founder Riot Mike is credited with helping to reunite iconic bands like Naked Raygun, the Replacements, the Misfits, and Jawbreaker, among many other reunions, a longtime calling card of Riot Fest. Other beloved Riot Fest traditions include full album performances, carnival rides, and the occasional butter sculpture.

For more information on both the 2021 and 2022 editions of the festival, head to the Riot Fest website.