Riot Fest Announces 2021 Daily Lineup, After Shows, Additions of Morrissey and Slipknot

UPDATE: Monday, August 23, 2021 – With Nine Inch Nails cancelling all 2021 tour dates, including this year’s Riot Fest, the festival has announced two major headliner additions.

Those who purchased a three-day or single-day Sunday ticket will now gain access to the festival’s Preview Party on Thursday, September 16, free of charge. Performing Thursday will be Morrissey, who will curate a selection of special guests to perform exclusively on Thursday. Plentiful vegetarian options will be offered by food vendors, following Morrissey’s tradition of no-meat at performances which will be honored across Douglass Park for the entire day on Thursday, September 16.

On Sunday, September 19, Slipknot will close the night out on the Riot Stage, bringing one of the most iconic metal acts ever to Riot Fest for the first time.

Riot Fest this fall returns to Douglass Park in Chicago over September 17–19, 2021 with their first in-person festival since 2019.  In an unprecedented move, festival organizers revealed the lineup for 2021, along with tickets for 2022. 

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees Nine Inch Nails will headline the festival’s 2021 edition, alongside The Smashing Pumpkins and Run the Jewels. New additions for this fall’s lineup include Faith No More, a recently reunited Mr. Bungle, DEVO, NOFX, Dinosaur Jr., The Ghost Inside, Motion City Soundtrack, along with many others.

After quickly selling out 3-day passes for 2021, Riot Fest announced that for next year’s festival The Original Misfits, including Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only, and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein, will headline Riot Fest 2022. The band will be performing their first album Walk Among Us in full for its 40th anniversary.

My Chemical Romance will also return to headline the festival’s 2022 edition, a hotly-anticipated reunion, finally realized. The group initially announced their reunion in 2019, playing a single show at Shrine Exposition Hall in Los Angeles before postponing their entire sold-out North American tour—including a slot at Riot Fest—to 2022. 

After the Jersey band’s 2013 hiatus fans have been waiting for another chance to catch My Chemical Romance live. Considering their reunion tour is sold out, Riot Fest is a great opportunity to snag tickets for 2022.

3-day passes for this and next year’s festivals are on sale now; single-day passes to this year’s festival will go on sale this week, alongside more band announcements for 2021. Previous ticket holders can purchase 2022 passes at a special price for a limited time; ticket transfers to next year, as well as refunds, are now available.

Safety measures regarding COVID-19 will be frequently updated, as directed by local health and public safety officials.

More info and tickets are on sale through Riot Fest’s website.

Daily lineups have now been announced for Riot Fest 2021.

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16
MORRISSEY
with Very Special Guests

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 17
THE SMASHING PUMPKINS, COHEED AND CAMBRIA, LUPE FIASCO (performing The Cool),
NOFX, DIRTY HEADS, SUBLIME WITH ROME, CIRCLE JERKS, DINOSAUR JR., MOTION CITY
SOUNDTRACK, THRICE, CIRCA SURVIVE, MEG MYERS, THE LAWRENCE ARMS, BEACH
BUNNY, ANTI-FLAG, LIVING COLOUR, FISHBONE, ENVY ON THE COAST, THE SOUNDS,
AMIGO THE DEVIL, EYEDRESS, BEACH GOONS, MEET ME @ THE ALTAR, SERATONES,
RADKEY, KISSISSIPPI, JACKIE HAYES, OXYMORRONS, GIRLPUPPY, SEŃOR KINO

SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 18
RUN THE JEWELS, FAITH NO MORE, DROPKICK MURPHYS, RANCID, TAKING BACK
SUNDAY, VIC MENSA, GOGOL BORDELLO, MAYDAY PARADE, BAYSIDE, STATE CHAMPS,
THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES, ANDREW W.K., BEST COAST, BIG FREEDIA, GWAR,
HEPCAT, LES SAVY FAV, THE BRONX, FOUR YEAR STRONG, CITIZEN, FUCKED UP,
JOYWAVE, NIGHT MOVES, MAN ON MAN, HOLY FAWN, THE BOLLWEEVILS, GANSER, JUST
FRIENDS, THE ORPHAN THE POET, BEARINGS, SPIDER, DEVON KAY & THE SOLUTIONS

SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 19
SLIPKNOT, MACHINE GUN KELLY, PIXIES, DEVO, MR. BUNGLE, NEW FOUND GLORY, THE
GHOST INSIDE, BODY COUNT, THURSDAY, K.FLAY, KNUCKLE PUCK, HEALTH, THE BLED,
MOTHER MOTHER, 3OH!3, FEVER 333, ALEX G, KENNYHOOPLA, BLEACHED, THE GORIES,
FACS, RATBOYS, BLACKSTARKIDS, SKATING POLLY, PET SYMMETRY, MELKBELLY,
GYMSHORTS, THE WEAK DAYS, AIRSTREAM FUTURES

On June 24, Riot Fest unveiled the first round of Late Night after shows to coincide with this year’s festival, held September 17–19, 2021. Tickets for the Late Night shows are now on sale via RiotFest.org.

RIOT FEST 2021 LATE NIGHT SHOWS
On sale Friday, June 25 at 12:00 p.m. CDT

FRIDAY, SEPT. 17
more to be announced!
MR. BUNGLE
With Special Guests
Radius
17+ | Doors: 10pm | TICKETS

SATURDAY, SEPT. 18
more to be announced!
NEW FOUND GLORY
and SIMPLE PLAN
POP PUNK’S STILL NOT DEAD TOUR
with Lolo
Radius
17+ | Doors: 9pm | TICKETS

DINOSAUR JR.
with Ryley Walker
Bottom Lounge
17+ | Doors: 10pm | TICKETS

TOO MANY ZOOZ
and BIG FREEDIA
The Vic Theatre
18+ | Doors: 10pm | TICKETS

THURSDAY
Cobra Lounge
17+ | Doors: 10pm | TICKETS

THE SOUNDS
Reggies Rock Club
17+ | Doors: 10pm | TICKETS

SUNDAY, SEPT. 19
more to be announced!
TAKING BACK SUNDAY
Metro
18+ | Doors: 10pm | TICKETS

BAYSIDE
21 YEARS OF REALLY BAD LUCK TOUR
with Senses Fail, Hawthorne Heights & The Bombpops
Concord Music Hall
17+ | Doors: 8pm | TICKETS

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