UPDATE: Morrissey is reportedly not performing at this year’s Chicago Riot Fest. A post on the official Moz fan site True to You reads: “As of this date (May 23), Morrissey is not a part of this year’s Chicago Riot Fest.” Riot Fest announced its 2016 lineup last Wednesday, which featured Morrissey among the many other artists scheduled to perform in Chicago.
The Denver Riot Fest and Rodeo will take place September 2nd through 4th. Chicago’s Riot Fest and Carnival is slated for September 16th through 18th. Both events will feature headlining performances from the original Misfits lineup — Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Wolfgang Von Frankenstein — though Riot Fest will also feature reunion dates from other acts including, Thursday (Chicago and Denver), Set Your Goals (Chicago and Denver), Wolf Parade (Denver), the Anniversary (Chicago) and a rare show from Girls Against Boys (Chicago).
Riot Fest Chicago will also boast several full album performances. Rob Zombie will play all of White Zombie’s Astro-Creep: 2000, while Social Distortion will run through White Light, White Heat, White Trash on its 20th anniversary. In Denver, Jane’s Addiction will play all of Ritual De Lo Habitual, while the Hold Steady will perform all of Boys and Girls in America on both weekends.
Both Chicago and Denver Riot Fests will include Death Cab for Cutie, the Deftones, Nas, Ween, Fitz and the Tantrums, White Lung, Jake Bugg, Motion City Soundtrack, Underoath, Bad Religion, Fucked Up and Diarrhea Planet.
The Denver lineup includes Sleater-Kinney, the Dandy Warhols, Tyler, the Creator, Yo La Tengo, Sleigh Bells, Vince Staples, Suicidal Tendencies, Danny Brown, Against Me!, Meat Puppets and Flatbush Zombies. Chicago will feature Morrissey, Brand New, the Specials, Bob Mould, Refused, Death Grips, the Hives, Andrew W.K., GZA, Joey Bada$$, GWAR, All time Low, Method Man and Redman, Laura Stevenson, All Dogs and Big Ups.
Both the Denver and Chicago dates have lineup overlaps, and full breakdowns of each weekend can be found on the Riot Fest website. More artists will be added in the coming weeks. General admission and VIP tickets are on sale for both Chicago and Denver.