For the second straight year, Riot Fest is returning to May Farms in Byers, Colo. this September. This time around, they have expended it to three days (as seen at the Chicago stop). On Thursday, they announced who will be playing each day of the Colorado stop, which runs from Sept. 19-21.
Friday will see Weezer, The Flaming Lips and Primus amongst the headliners. Saturday will have The Cure, Social Distortion and A Day to Remember. The festival will wrap up on Sunday, Sept. 21, with sets from the likes of The National, Rise Against, Sublime with Rome and the Wu-Tang Clan.
If that was not enough, they also announced (via press release), several upgrades from last year’s festival. With some help from the people at Soda Jerk Presents, this year’s festival will feature more carnival rides and attractions, additional camping space, expanded food options, free parking and an additional stage.
In addition to the three-day passes already on sale, single day tickets have now been made available. There is also now the option of buying a two-day pass. All the ticketing options can be seen here.
There is also a second wave of bands still to be announced; adding intrigue to an already stellar lineup. As it stands right now, here are the bands playing, broken down by day.
Friday September 19
The opening night of Riot Fest will feature perhaps the festival’s most eclectic collection of bands. Weezer will close out the night, taking it all the way back to 1994 to play their iconic “Blue Album” in its entirety. The night will also see the longtime thrashers in Slayer take on their classic “Reign in Blood,” and the decently indecent NOFX playing “Punk in Drublic.”
The other headliners for the opening night include the ever-theatrical Flaming Lips (pictured) and the bewildering bass of Primus. Some other bands worth checking out are the rambunctious gypsy rockers in Gogol Bordello (who will probably have belly dancers in tow) and local favorites My Body Sings Electric. Here is the full lineup:
Weezer * The Flaming Lips * Primus * Slayer* NOFX * Gogol Bordello * Die Antwood * New Found Glory * Failure * Buzzcocks * ALL * La Dispute * Mineral * Big Freedia * The Orwells * Skaters * Nostalghia * My Body Sings Electric * Tiny Moving Parts.
You can find tickets for Friday here.
Saturday September 20
Saturday will feature some old school veterans and perhaps a splash of guy-liner. Perhaps fitting in both categories new Wave legends The Cure will close out the night. Iconic punk rockers like Social Distortion and the Descendents also find themselves near the top of the bill; which will also feature headlining sets from A Day to Remember and the Violent Femmes.
Aside from these, there are several bands worth a glance depending on your interests. If you’re into screamo, both The Used and Taking Back Sunday (pictured) promise high energy sets. Old school rockers may be appeased by the inclusion of both Clutch and Face to Face. If you’re looking to rage, Bring Me The Horizon and We Came as Romans may be the right blend of fist-pounding fury. The day’s full lineup is as follows:
The Cure * Social Distortion * A Day to Remember * Descendents * Violent Femmes * Bring Me The Horizon * City and Colour * Lucero * The Used * Taking Back Sunday * Clutch * Face to Face * Hot Snakes * Glassjaw * Dum Dum Girls * We Came as Romans * Larry and His Flask * I Am The Avalanche * The Bots * Plague Vendor * Pianos Become The Teeth * Red City Radio * Dads.
You Can find tickets for Saturday here.
Sunday September 21
Unlike a lot of three-day festivals, the final night of Riot Fest still packs more than its fair share of punch. The indie big-shots in The National will close out the festivities. The rest of the night’s diverse headlines merit equal attention. Legends in their own right, the night will also feature performances from Rise Against, Sublime with Rome, Wu-Tang Clan and TV On The Radio.
If you like punk rock and a good time, there is still more to offer; as you can tip a pint with the Dropkick Murphys (pictured), hop around with the Bouncing Souls (veterans of the original Riot Fest in 2005) or enjoy your favorite songs done punk rock style with the all-star cover band Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. Though not punk rock, 3OH!3 promises to be a good time as well. The full line up is:
The National * Rise Against * Sublime with Rome * Wu-Tang Clan * TV On The Radio * Dropkick Murphys * Me First and the Gimme Gimmes * Manchester Orchestra * Bouncing Souls * Bob Mould * The Expendables * 3OH!3 * Passafire * The Menzingers * The Unlikely Candidates * Radkey * Cerebral Ballzy * In the Valley Below * Wounds * Sole & DJ Pain 1.
Sunday tickets are available here.