UPDATE 8/19: Following Nine Inch Nails’ cancelation of all their 2021 tour dates, Riot Fest announced Thursday that Slipknot would take NIN’s Sunday night headliner slot at the Chicago fest, with Morrissey and a “curated lineup with very special guests” leading the Thursday festivities:
Riot Fest 2021 is almost here. Finally. It's really happening. Unfortunately, Nine Inch Nails has cancelled all 2021 shows, including this year’s fest—with that, Morrissey will play Thursday curated with very special guests, and Slipknot will close out on Sunday. Plus more… pic.twitter.com/OGrYe6Wges
— Riot Fest (@RiotFest) August 19, 2021
UPDATE 5/21: Machine Gun Kelly, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, Circle Jerks and more have been added to this year’s Riot Fest. Check out the full lineup below:
The daily lineups for Riot Fest 2021 are here—plus, even more bands! Single-day tickets will go on sale today (Friday, May 21) at 12:00 p.m. CDT. Don't snooze… https://t.co/jTS0aAlpQy pic.twitter.com/F4US5G32Gb
— Riot Fest (@RiotFest) May 21, 2021
The three-night event, which will take place in Chicago’s Douglass Park from September 17th to the 19th, will also feature Pixies, Faith No More, Devo, Mr. Bungle, Taking Back Sunday, and many others. Three-day passes are on sale now; single-day tickets will go on sale next week when the fest announces more bands.
The fest’s promoters have also announced that My Chemical Romance will headline the 2022 edition of Riot Fest, which will take place September 16th through 18th (no other performers have been announced). Three-day passes are available now for 2022 as well. My Chemical Romance were supposed to top the bill for the 2020 edition of Riot Fest before the Covid-19 pandemic waylaid live events.
Riot Fest’s producers say they will follow local guidelines regarding coronavirus precautions as they develop, and they will issue updates to their policies accordingly.
Nine Inch Nails are a fan favorite, according to Riot Fest’s organizers, who say the band topped a 2019 poll of the favorite headlining set in the event’s history. The group performed at the 2017 installment of the fest.
In other Nine Inch Nails news, the duo recently teamed up with the noise-rock group Health for a new collaboration called “Isn’t Everyone.” It comes on the heels of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross’ recent Oscar win for the score to Soul, an honor they shared with Jon Batiste. Reznor and Ross had also been nominated in the same category for their Mank score and previously won another Oscar in 2010 for the music they wrote for The Social Network.