Riot Fest Announces First Wave of Bands Performing

Riot Fest Well, they’ve done it again. On the heels of last week’s announcement that the original Misfits lineup would be performing, Riot Fest announced the first wave of bands to perform at Douglas Park September 16 to 18. Known for its diverse booking, this year’s Riot Fest is full of eclectic acts that are not just contained in the punk genre. Hardcore, ska, heavy metal, pop punk, emo, post-hardcore, and even hip-hop will be emanating from Douglas Park this year. In what has become a tradition almost rivaling Coachella, Riot Fest has several reunion acts that will be on hand. One of the biggest is the reunion of Glenn Danzig, Jerry Only and Doyle Wolfgang von Frankenstein: the original Misfits lineup. It’s been more than 30 years since the trio has played a show together and although the Misfits still perform with Only as the frontman, having Danzig back in the fold makes this a special occasion. Riot Fest Founder Mike Petryshyn aka “Riot Mike” said he has worked with members of the classic lineup before, but this reunion is something special. “The timing is right. It doesn't matter if it's a reunion band or a band that's been active for a decade, there's a process with all of it, a comfort level, questions to answer and all of that stuff,” Petryshyn told Alternative Press. “To be honest with you, it was pretty natural and organic. Once the conversation started, there was never a sense that this was going to go away.” Other reunion acts that will be playing include Thursday, Set Your Goals, The Anniversary and Girls Against Boys. Several bands will also be performing one of their quintessential albums in full for fest patrons. Most notably, Social Distortion will be perfuming White Light, White Heat, White Trash to coincide with the albums 20th anniversary. Rob Zombie will be on hand to play White Zombie’s Astro-Creep: 2000 and The Hold Steady will be playing Boys and Girls in America. Other high profile acts include Morrissey, Ween, Death Cab for Cutie, NAS, Deftones, The Specials, Brand New, NOFX, Jimmy Eat World, Refused, Death Grips (hopefully they won’t bail), The Falcon and Bob Mould. Riot Fest & Carnival will occur September 16 through September 18 at Douglas Park, 1401 S. Sacramento. Second wave of bands will be announced in the coming weeks, wit a few more surprises. Tickets can be purchased by clicking this link.
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