Riot Fest

National Western Complex

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In a Nutshell

Reunions, full-album plays, and rare appearances from System of a Down, Modest Mouse, The Prodigy, Pixies, Snoop Dogg, Iggy Pop, and more

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The Deal

  • Exclusive pre-sale: $49.98 for one single-day admission to Riot Fest
  • When: Friday, August 28; Saturday, August 29; or Sunday, August 30. Each day begins at 2 p.m.
  • Where: National Western Complex
  • General admission
  • Door times: 2 p.m. Friday; Noon Saturday and Sunday
  • Click to view the full lineup

Riot Fest

Notable Acts

  • System of a Down: The influential alt-metal outfit earned a cult following—on three continents, no less—before they even released a record. Once they did, they amassed millions of mainstream fans thanks to frontman Serj Tankan’s schizoid delivery and his aggressively political lyrics, as exhibited on hits such as “Chop Suey!”, “Boom!”, and “Toxicity.” (August 28)
  • Run–D.M.C.: As a trio, Queens natives Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “D.M.C.” McDaniels, and the sadly deceased Jam Master Jay made all kinds of hip-hop history as the first rap act to top the charts and earn a Grammy nomination. They rarely play live these days, so their set at Riot Fest will be a treat for any old-school rap fan. (August 29)
  • The Prodigy: Called “the premiere dance act for the alternative masses” by AllMusic.com, the British electronica-meets-rave-meets-punk-meets-everything group has conquered airwaves around the world with pulsing hits such as “Breathe” and “Firestarter.” (August 30)
  • Also: Iggy Pop (August 28) | Modest Mouse (August 29) | Tenacious D (August 30)

Full Album Plays

  • Ice Cube & Guests: As a member of N.W.A., Ice Cube changed the entire rap scene of the late ’80s before embarking on a solo career. MTV ranks him #8 in its list of 10 Greatest MCs of All Time, but he’s #1 according to Snoop Dogg, which will be evident when he performs a Straight Outta Compton Remix (August 28). Speaking of Snoop…
  • Snoop Dogg: From Dr. Dre protégé to household name, Snoop became an industry unto himself with hip-hop classics such as “Gin and Juice” and “Drop It Like It’s Hot.” He’ll treat fans to his his signature laid-back, laconic drawl when he performs Doggystyle in its entirety. (August 30)
  • Also: Rancid (performing: …and Out Come the Wolves; August 29) | GZA (performing: Liquid Swords; August 30)

Reunions

  • Drive Like Jehu: San Diego post-hardcore band that laid the groundwork for emo with their intense, shiver-inducing vocals (August 29)
  • L7: all-female classic punk outfit who founded Rock for Choice and thrashed onto MTV with “Pretend We’re Dead” (August 30)
  • Also: American Nightmare (August 28) | Thrice (August 29) | Babes in Toyland (August 30)

Everything Else

  • To See: an antique animatronic show from Rock-afire Explosion (the fictional band of Showbiz Pizza); the Hellzapoppin Circus Sideshow Revue
  • To Do: take a spin on carnival rides, play midway-style games, and putt or play air guitar with your club on a miniature golf course
Merchant Location Map
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    National Western Complex

    4655 Humboldt St

    Denver, CO 80216

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