Thursday, April 23, 2015

Riot Fest goes rodeo

Posted By on Thu, Apr 23, 2015 at 5:57 PM

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The perennially nomadic Riot Fest today unveiled the location and date of its 2015 festival, which will be held at Denver’s National Western Complex from Aug. 28-30.

While this year’s lineup won’t be announced until May, those who want to take a leap of faith can purchase $69.98 presale tickets starting tomorrow at noon. Given the quality of the two previous years’ acts — including The Replacements, The Cure, Die Antwoord, Wu-Tang Clan, Weezer, Flaming Lips, Rocket From the Crypt, Iggy Pop and Slayer — it should be money well spent.

It’s also a reasonably safe bet that the event won’t have to change locations this year, as it did when the bite-sized town of Byars — which had hosted 2013’s inaugural festival — made an eleventh-hour decision to pull the plug. Promoters managed to save the event with a last-minute relocation to the less-than-ideal parking lots outside Sports Authority Field at Mile High.

Although best known as the site for the Denver County Fair, the National Western Complex also plays host to the Great Western Alpaca Show, Tortillas for Tepeyac, Foam Wonderland, Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Submission Grappling, and the much-anticipated Rocky Mountain Reptile Expo.

In keeping with its new location, this year’s event has been dubbed Riot Fest & Rodeo, and will feature a host of thematically linked attractions that may or may not include blood and clowns.

Find more information as well as early bird tickets at riotfest.org

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