Summer music festival season is approaching, and Riot Fest has provided an update on the 2021 edition of its event, which is set to return to Douglass Park from September 16–19. The local fest actually announced its 2021 dates and an initial lineup nearly a year ago, when it became clear that the pandemic would put the kibosh on large-scale gatherings in 2020.
Since that announcement, previously-confirmed emo headliners My Chemical Romance decided to push back their tour until 2022, which means that they'll perform at next year's Riot Fest. But the fest's organizers have plenty of good news to share today—most significantly, the addition of a headlining set from industrial rock legends Nine Inch Nails. Other notable acts joining the lineup include new wave art punks Devo, reunited alt-rockers Faith No More, funk metal purveyors Mr. Bungle, mall punks NOFX and elder indie rock statesmen Dinosaur Jr.
To the surprise of nobody, the updated lineup reveals that newly-engaged party rocker Andrew W.K. and costumed metalheads GWAR will return for their umpteenth Riot Fest sets. Plus, a slew of beloved local acts like Ratboys, Ganser and Melkbelly are also joining the fray in September.
And that's not all: Organizers are promising an additional wave of lineup announcements next week, when single-day tickets to Riot Fest go on sale (and we hopefully get an idea of who will be headlining each night of the fest).
Three-day tickets to Riot Fest 2021 are currently on sale, and the event is also offering Riot Fest 2021 ticket transfers (to 2022) and refunds for anyone who doesn't feel ready to gather in a large group this September or is simply bummed that My Chemical Romance isn't playing this year. Anyone who has already purchased Riot Fest 2021 tickets and holds on to them is receiving access to Riot Fest 2022 tickets at a discounted price.
September will be here before you know it, so take a peep at the latest Riot Fest 2021 lineup below and start imagining the inevitable scheduling conflicts.