Though My Chemical Romance was initially scheduled to headline the 2020 edition, then again in 2021, the postponement of their tour meant the top spot for the festival was in limbo – until now.
Chicago’s annual pilgrimage of alternative music in Riot Fest was faced with a big problem. Forced to pull the plug on the 2020 installment of the festival for obvious reasons, organizers were able to secure My Chemical Romance to carry over their reunion performance for the 2021 edition.
The band would eventually announce that they would be postponing their reunion tour until 2022 and left a big void in the festival billing. Pivoting brilliantly, fans were ecstatic to find that Riot Fest had added Nine Inch Nails to close out the festival’s 2021 return.
The announcement is stacked with good news as there are still plenty of artists that were initially announced for 2020 that will still be making this year’s festivities. Among those names include PUP, Taking Back Sunday, Sublime With Rome, New Found Glory, Thursday, White Lung, Fucked Up, Vic Mensa and Lupe Fiasco.
Among the marquee mainstays that will anchor the festival’s three day draw includes heavyweights Faith No More, a reunited Mr. Bungle, Devo, Run The Jewels. Andrew W.K., GWAR, Fever 333, Coheed and Cambria, Pixies, The Smashing Pumpkins, and Circle Jerks.
Festival organizers have promised additional announcements in the coming weeks which suggests more big reveals are in the works. Three day tickets are currently on sale – HERE. Riot Fest will also be making single day tickets available starting next week. Riot fest is also offering refunds and ticket transfers to 2022 for those that purchased tickets to watch My Chemical Romance or for those that aren’t ready to gather in big groups just yet. The information can be accessed – HERE.