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Morrissey set to replace Nine Inch Nails at Riot Fest

Industrial icons Nine Inch Nails have cancelled all of their upcoming shows, including headline appearances at Chicago’s Riot Fest and Daytona Beach’s Rockville. To replace Trent Reznor and Co., Riot Fest have brought in none other than the artist formerly known as Morrissey, Quilloughby.

Morrissey is famously a Covid-19 sceptic, once calling the pandemic “Con-vid” and likening the government’s restrictions to a form of slavery. Regardless, the former Smiths frontman is pencilled in to head the festival’s newly added Thursday “preview party.” Reportedly, Morrissey will “curate a selection of special guests”, per a press release. 

Riot Fest has also added shock-metal icons Slipknot to the lineup as another replacement for Nine Inch Nails. The already stacked lineup includes Smashing Pumpkins, Faith No More, Pixies, Run the Jewels and Rancid to name but a few. 

Anyone who bought a three-day or single-day Sunday ticket to Riot Fest will have access to Thursday’s programming. Single-day tickets for Thursday are available for purchase now. All proceeds will go to the Chicago Coalition for the Homeless. Visit the festival’s website here

Nine Inch Nails are the second headliner to pull out of this year’s edition of Riot Fest. 

Emo icons My Chemical Romance (MCR) were initially tipped to play at the Chicago festival but decided to hold off their hotly-anticipated reunion tour until 2022. Subsequently, Nine Inch Nails were added to take MCR’s place, who is now on the bill for the 2022 edition alongside the original lineup up of punk icons Misfits.

Understandably, the announcement of the right-wing Morrisey replacing Nine Inch Nails, who are a left-leaning band, has sparked outrage by some Riot Fest attendees. They claim that his views are the antithesis of punk, the festival’s ethos. So we’ll see how this all pans out.

Watch the ‘Top 10 Riot Fest Reunions’ below.

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