You may remember this little thing called Riot Fest that consumed my family last September? When my friend Charlotte flew in from Seattle and Monika and I wore bandanas because of the dust and I took photos of The Replacements in dresses and cowboy hats? Oh yeah, that music festival – where my 11 year old son saw Iggy Pop perform within 24 hours of Public Enemy.
Want to see how completely epic it was? Check out my photos from last year:
Here’s the thing. Riot Fest was actually held about an hour outside of Denver last year in a very tiny town called Byers. A town that didn’t like all these punk rock kids invading their hamlet, so Riot Fest lost their permit for 2014’s festival. In some ways, this is a bummer because part of the charm was the absolute agoraphobia we all experienced when we entered the Riot Fest field. (Yeah, um, in a lot of ways, I wanted Riot Fest Denver to actually be in Denver.)
The good news is Riot Fest has an alternative to Byers:
Sports Authority Field At Mile High.
Yup, the home of the Broncos is making room for another music festival (Mile High Stadium also hosts events like the Warped Tour) but not only that… they are allowing Riot Fest to bring Byers to the heart of Denver. Examples: turfing the parking lot, tractors, hay bales, carnival games and rides (ferris wheel!), miniature golf, pie-eating contests and apple bobbing.
I also love how, in keeping with Riot Fest’s incredible sense of humor on social media (seriously, their Twitter account is pure genius), all the stages and concert areas have been re-named as a tribute to last year’s home.
But all this would be nothing without the music.
Check out the AMAZING lineup for 2014:
Friday September 19th
Weezer, The Flaming Lips, Primus, Slayer, NOFX, Gogol Bordello, Die Antwoord, New Found Glory, Failure, Buzzcocks, All, La Dispute, Mineral, Big Freedia, The Orwells, Skaters, Nostalghia, My Body Sings Electric, Tiny Moving Parts
Saturday September 20th
The Cure, Social Distortion, A Day To Remember, Descendents, Bring Me The Horizon, City And Colour, Lucero, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Clutch, Face To Face, Hot Snakes, Glassjaw, Dum Dum Girls, We Came As Romans, Larry And His Flask, I Am The Avalanche, The Bots, Plague Vendor, Pianos Become The Teeth, Red City Radio, Dads
Sunday September 21st
The National, Rise Against, Sublime With Rome, Wu-tang Clan, Tv On The Radio, Dropkick Murphys, Violent Femmes, Me First And The Gimme Gimmes, Manchester Orchestra, Bouncing Souls, Bob Mould, The Expendables, 3OH!3, Passafire, The Menzingers, The Unlikely Candidates, Radkey, Cerebral Ballzy, In The Valley Below, Wounds, Sole & Dj Pain 1
Yeah, they are not kidding around here. Please note there are several locals in that lineup, including pals My Body Sings Electric. A future Riot Fest post will have an interview with them and I cannot guarantee that any of it will be safe for work.
The best part. In line with last year, when I finally saw The Replacements after all these years… they’re gonna do it again for me with Robert Smith and The Cure.
THE &*%^$* CURE.
How many of the above bands do YOU want to see?
I am super happy I can help you out with that. I have two (2) sets of two (2) general admission 3-day passes to give away and there are a variety of ways to enter, as outlined in the Rafflecopter widget below. Please note that you must be from the USA or Canada, 18+ and able to attend Riot Fest Denver from September 19 – 21, 2014. There is a bunch of other gunk in the contest rules that you may want to read, but those are the highlights. GOOD LUCK!