The Cure headlines 2014 Riot Fest lineup in Denver

Iggy Pop and his Stooges were a highlight of the 2013 Riot Fest tour. (Tom Beedham / Courtesy photo)
Iggy Pop and his Stooges were a highlight of the 2013 Riot Fest tour. (Tom Beedham / Courtesy photo)

By Second Story Garage staff

The Cure will headline all three stops on the Riot Fest concert tour, including its Sept. 19-21 shows in the Denver area.

Riot Fest turns 10 this year and will be appearing for the second year in a row at Mays Farm in Byers, just east of Denver. In addition to Denver, Riot Fest will stop in Toronto Sept. 6-7 and Chicago Sept. 12-14.

Riot Fest was born in 2005 in Chicago, its flagship city, and expanded to Philadelphia in 2011. It also has been held in Brooklyn and Dallas.

“Hard to believe it’s been 10 years,” festival founder Michael Petryshyn said in announcing the 2014 lineup. “Really doesn’t seem it’s been all that long. But, my partner Sean (McKeough) and I are so very lucky that the fans believe in what we do.

“And I’m just as thankful that a good chunk of our friends from over the years are coming back to play and blow out a few birthday candles alongside us. Between both, that’s what makes this year special.”

Apparently in reaction to complaints after Riot Fest’s debut in Denver, organizers say they will streamline parking and camping operations and intend to make capital improvements to the grounds.

In addition to The Cure, Riot Fest’s Denver shows will feature appearances by Paul Weller, C*ck Sparrer, Mudhoney, Cheap Trick, Patti Smith, Gwar and Thurston Moore, as well as reunions by Samhain, Blue Meanies, Saosin with Anthony Green, Failure, RX Bandits and Mineral, among others.

The rest of the Denver lineup, according to organizers, includes The National, Rise Against, Weezer, Social Distortion, The Flaming Lips, Primus, Slayer, Sublime with Rome, Wu-Tang Clan, TV on the Radio, Descendents, A Day To Remember, NOFX, Die Antwoord, Dropkick Murphys, Bring Me the Horizon, Gogol Bordello, Violent Femmes, City and Colour, The Used, Taking Back Sunday, Manchester Orchestra, New Found Glory, Lucero, Failure, Hot Snakes, Me First and the Gimme Gimmes, Clutch, Bouncing Souls, Face to Face, Glassjaw, Buzzcocks, Dum Dum Girls, Bob Mould, Stiff Little Fingers, All, La Dispute, We Came As Romans, The Expendables, 3OH!3, The Menzingers, Big Freedia, The Orwells, Passafire, Larry and his Flask, Nostalgia, Skaters, In the Valley Below, Dads, Pianos Become the Teeth, I Am The Avalanche, Radkey, Cerebral Ballzy, Red City Radio, Wounds, The Unlikely Candidates, Sole and DJ Pain 1, The Bots, Tiny Moving Parts, Plague Vendor and My Body Sings Electric.

Cost for a three-day pass (including parking) ranges from $129.98 to $189.98 for general admission. VIP tickets range from $229.98 to $279.98. To buy tickets, go to

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