Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Riot Fest recruits Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan and the Cure

Posted By on Wed, May 14, 2014 at 2:40 PM

The lineup for the Denver area’s much-anticipated Riot Fest was unveiled online last night, and its first “tier” of tickets sold out in a matter of hours.

It’s not hard to see why. The festival, which will take place from Sept. 19 to 21, boasts a genre-spanning assortment of marquee names that include The Flaming Lips, Wu-Tang Clan, The National, Bob Mould, Die Antwoord, The Cure, Weezer, Slayer, Rise Against and Social Distortion.

There’ll also be unexpected reunions by the Violent Femmes and the should-have-been-huge Failure, who were more interesting than the ’90s grunge peers to whom they were often compared.

And then there are more recent critics’ darlings like Dum Dum Girls and TV on the Radio, as well as post-punk acts, including the Buzzcocks and Stiff Little Fingers, who’ve virtually never toured the States.

Now in its second year, the 2014 Riot Fest will once again be held on multiple outdoor stages in Byers, an unincorporated town located 45 miles east of Denver, with a population of 1160, and a serious dearth of music venues.

As of this writing, all $99.98 and $129.98 tickets are already gone, as prices incrementally climb their way up to $189. Since it’s an outdoor festival, there’s no difference among any of those tickets; it all comes down to a question of how long you choose to wait.

The more extravagantly inclined can pay an extra $100 for VIP tickets, which will get you some shade, air-conditioned restrooms, complimentary bottled water, and free phone charging. More info at riotfest.org.

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