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Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Devo among Riot Fest headliners for 2021 festival

In an unprecedented move, festival organizers also announced a ticket on-sale for the 2022 edition of the music fest.

Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails, performs on day one of Riot Fest in Douglas Park, Sept. 15, 2017. The band returns to headline the festival this year.
Trent Reznor, of Nine Inch Nails, performs on day one of Riot Fest in Douglas Park, Sept. 15, 2017. The band returns to headline the festival this year.
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Headliners for the 2021 edition of Riot Fest were announced Friday.

Among the bands scheduled for the three-day, live music fest Sept. 17-19 at Douglass Park, are Rock and Roll Hall of Famers and Oscar winners Nine Inch Nails, the Smashing Pumpkins, Devo, Faith No More, Run the Jewels, Vic Mensa and Pixies. Three-day passes are now on sale at riotfest.org. Single-day passes will go on sale next week.

In an unprecedented move, festival organizers also announced a ticket on-sale for the 2022 edition of the festival (slated for Sept. 16-18, 2022) revealing My Chemical Romance is already scheduled to perform. The band had been booked for the 2020 festival, which was canceled due to the COVID pandemic. Tickets for the 2022 festival are also on sale at riotfest.org.

The 2021 lineup includes (so far):

  • NINE INCH NAILS
  • THE SMASHING PUMPKINS
  • RUN THE JEWELS
  • PIXIES
  • FAITH NO MORE
  • DEVO
  • MR. BUNGLE
  • COHEED AND CAMBRIA
  • TAKING BACKSUNDAY
  • DIRTY HEADS
  • SUBLIME WITH ROME
  • LUPE FIASCO (performing The Cool)
  • VIC MENSA
  • NOFX
  • NEW FOUND GLORY
  • CIRCLE JERKS
  • SIMPLE PLAN
  • DINOSAUR JR.
  • THE GHOST INSIDE
  • GOGOL BORDELLO
  • MOTION CITY SOUNDTRACK
  • THRICE
  • CIRCA SURVIVE
  • STATE CHAMPS
  • THE MIGHTY MIGHTY BOSSTONES,
  • K.FLAY
  • BEST COAST
  • BAYSIDE
  • THE LAWRENCE ARMS
  • LES SAVY FAV
  • MEG MYERS
  • BEACH BUNNY
  • BIG FREEDIA
  • MAYDAY PARADE
  • PUP
  • ANDREW W.K.
  • THE BLED
  • GWAR
  • FEVER 333
  • LIVING COLOUR
  • SAVES THE DAY
  • THURSDAY
  • THE SOUNDS
  • MOTHER MOTHER
  • HEPCAT
  • ALEX G
  • ANTI-FLAG
  • JOYWAVE
  • FISHBONE
  • F- - - - D UP
  • KENNYHOOPLA
  • HEALTH
  • THE GORIES
  • AMIGO THE DEVIL
  • WHITE LUNG
  • RATBOYS
  • BEACH GOONS
  • EYEDRESS
  • MEET ME @ THE ALTAR
  • NIGHT MOVES
  • SERATONES
  • JUST FRIENDS
  • RADKEY
  • HOLY FAWN
  • MELKBELLY
  • GANSER
  • HOSPITAL BRACELET