Riot Fest 2021 Adds Patti Smith, Alkaline Trio, The Flaming Lips and More

Riot Fest has made the final weekend additions to the 2021 event, kicking off September 19th, 2021, which will be the fest’s first-ever Thursday Preview Party. Patti Smith and Her Band and Alkaline Trio will join Thursday night, with additional sets from Joyce Manor (performing their self-titled 2011 debut), WDRL, and Kristeen Young. As for Sunday, The Flaming Lips will return to Riot Fest on Sunday, bringing the fest-favorites back to Douglass Park on September 19 to replace Pixies. Sunday attendees will also get into the Thursday Preview Party for free, with a host of freshly-announced perks included. Tickets are on sale now at the link below.

With recent lineup changes affecting Sunday, September 19—Slipknot replacing Nine Inch Nails, and The Flaming Lips replacing Pixies—festival organizers want to continue to give Sunday ticket holders a little bonus for their patience through these changes. As thanks, Sunday ticket holders will receive a free ticket to the Thursday Preview Party, adding a huge list of bonuses for anyone planning on, or considering, attending. (VIP, Deluxe & Ultimate amenities will be fully offered for those ticket types on Thursday as well.)


These additions join a massive lineup for 2021 that includes Smashing Pumpkins, Coheed and Cambria, Lupe Fiasco, Run the Jewels, Machine Gun Kelly, Faith No More, Dropkick Murphys, Rancid, DEVO, Mr. Bungle, and more, with over 90 bands total performing September 16–19. Three-day and single-day tickets are on sale now, with daily schedules soon to follow. Those not invited for Thursday can purchase a charity ticket, available in limited quantities, with proceeds benefiting the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless and other local organizations.



Riot Fest:


Thursday, September 16

Morrissey, Alkaline Trio, Patti Smith And Her Band, Joyce Manor (Performing S/T), Wdrl, Kristeen Young


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, The Bollweevils, Action/Adventure,

Ganser, Just Friends, The Orphan The Poet, Bearings, Spider, Devon Kay & The



Sunday, September 19

Slipknot, Machine Gun Kelly, The Flaming Lips, Devo, Mr. Bungle, New Found

Glory, Simple Plan, The Ghost Inside, Body Count, Thursday, K.Flay, Knuckle

Puck, Health, The Bled, Mother Mother, 3oh!3, Alex G, Fever 333,

Kennyhoopla, Bleached, The Gories, Facs, Ratboys, Blackstarkids, The

Clockworks, Pet Symmetry, Melkbelly, Gymshorts, The Weak Days,

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