We've had a pretty good idea of who was on the Riot Fest 2021 lineup ever since the festival postponed its 2020 edition. There have been a few shifts since that initial announcement (My Chemical Romance will now perform in 2022, Nine Inch Nails canceled its tour and the Pixies followed suit), but the roster of acts that will perform in Douglass Park from September 16–19 is still stacked.
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Fans of ’90s alt-rock will flip for a headlining set from the Smashing Pumpkins on Friday night, while Run the Jewels bring energetic hip-hop to the park on Saturday. Metal act Slipknot is taking over Nine Inch Nail's Sunday headlining slot—and the Pixies have been replaced by bouyant psych-rockers the Flaming Lips.
The September 16 "preview party" is now open to all three-day and Sunday ticket holders (and anyone else can snag a ticket for $45). Other acts confirmed to perform at the extra day of Riot Fest include Patti Smith and her band, Alkaline Trio and Joyce Manor. Thursday night guests will also enjoy free carnival rides, a Riot Fest-themed wedding chapel where you can tie the knot and a chance to dunk the Riot Fest Twitter person.
As usual, there are plenty of returning acts on the Riot Fest 2021 lineup, including festival figureheads like party rocker Andrew W.K., costumed metalheads GWAR and post-hardcore act Taking Back Sunday. Other notable repeat performers include Dropkick Murphys, Gogol Bordello, Knucklepuck and Thursday.
There's also a smattering of great local acts among the lineup for Chicagoans to brag about, such as Beach Bunny, Melkbelly, Ganser, FACS and Ratboys.
Take a look at the complete daily Riot Fest 2021 schedule below and start plotting out your weekend in Douglass Park.