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Riot Fest adds Run the Jewels, Taking Back Sunday & Weezer to replace blink-182

Riot Fest 2018 lineup changes

Earlier today, Riot Fest promised that their 2018 edition is “100%” still happening after rumors of cancellation, and said they’d have more news soon. They’ve now shared some: headliners blink-182 have cancelled their fall tour, including Riot Fest, for health reasons, and to replace them, Weezer, Run the Jewels and Taking Back Sunday have been added. Read a full statement from the festival below.

They join Beck, Elvis Costello, Incubus, Interpol, Blondie, Alkaline Trio, Father John Misty, The Jesus Lizard, The Voidz, Clutch, The Wonder Years, Liz Phair, Cat Power, Gary Numan, Killing Joke, Hot Snakes, Johnny Marr, Superchunk, and more on the lineup, along with performances on classic albums from Bad Religion, Cypress Hill, Digable Planets, Lagwagon, Spitalfield, and Suicidal Tendencies.

In a statement, blink-182 say they’ll be back to Riot Fest soon – next year, to headline the festival’s 2019 15th anniversary edition.

Riot Fest is happening September 14-16, and we can’t wait to see all of you back in Douglas Park. We know this wait has been frustrating for many of you. We hear you. We see you. Please know that we have been working tirelessly behind the scenes – as always – to program the best possible festival experience for our fans.

With that, we have some good news… and some bad news.

The bad news is that Blink-182 has been forced to cancel its performance at Riot Fest 2018. The good news is that three of our favorite artists have agreed to step up and fill in: Weezer, Run the Jewels, and Taking Back Sunday.

Here’s Riot Mike to explain what’s been going on:

We cannot wait to see you guys next week.

Yesterday afternoon, while we preparing to announce a long-awaited special headliner – alongside single-day lineups and tickets – we received a call from Blink-182’s camp letting us know that due to health-related issues with Travis, they unfortunately and sorrowfully had to cancel their entire September tour. Moreover, Riot and Blink-182 want all of you to know that they are rescheduled as one our headliners next year for Riot Fest’s 15th anniversary. All of us here at Riot Fest wish Travis the best of health and nothing short of a speedy recovery.

As soon as we found out the news, we feverishly started to call upon some of our friends to fill the spot left by Blink-182. Within a matter of hours, Weezer, Run the Jewels and Talking Back Sunday stepped up, and will now be performing at Riot Fest 2018.

We’ll start rolling out the next round of announcements tomorrow at 10:00 a.m CDT.

We thank you for your continued support, passion, and loyalty. We look forward to another incredible year… See you next week!

Your Chum,
Riot Mike [via]

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