Snapshots From Riot Fest Denver 2016: Misfits, Sleater-Kinney, Ween And More

Photo: Sleater-Kinney At Riot Fest 1

Denver hosted the three-day Riot Fest & Rodeo music event for the fourth consecutive year over the weekend. The festival had bounced around several venues before settling on the National Western Complex last year, and the 2016 marked the first time the event did not change location.

The real story, however, was the historic reunion of Misfits with original singer Glenn Danzig. Sunday at Riot Fest was the first time Danzig had performed with the horror-punk band in 33 years.

Dozens of other bands filled out the 2016 Riot Fest bill, including three more acts that had also recently reunited after a hiatus: Ween, Wolf Parade and Sleater-Kinney.

Hip-hop had a strong showing with Nas, 2 Chainz, Vince Staples and Danny Brown. And indie rock fans young and old could enjoy sets from Yo La Tengo, Bleached, Sleigh Bells, The Dandy Warhols and Colorado's own DeVotchKa.

OpenAir was on site all weekend. Browse our photos from this year's Riot Fest below. And follow OpenAir on Twitter and Instagram for more.


Photo: Dan Deacon crowd at Riot Fest 2016
Dan Deacon and audience
Photo: Wolf Parade at Riot Fest
Wolf Parade
Photo: F***ed Up At Riot Fest 2016
F***ed Up
Photo: Death Cab For Cutie At Riot Fest 2016
Death Cab For Cutie
Photo: Jane's Addiction At Riot Fest 2016
Jane's Addiction


Photo: Dandy Warhols At Riot Fest 2016
The Dandy Warhols
Photo: Yo La Tengo At Riot Fest 2016
Yo La Tengo
Photo: The Hold Steady At Riot Fest 2016
The Hold Steady
Photo: Devotchka At Riot Fest 2016
Photo: sleater-Kinney At Riot Fest 2
Photo: Ween At Riot Fest 2
Photo: Ween At Riot Fest 1


Photo: Bleached At Riot Fest 2016
Photo: 2 Chainz At Riot Fest 2016
2 Chainz
Photo: Sleigh Bells At Riot Fest 2016
Sleigh Bells
Photo: Misfits At Riot Fest 2016

The Riot Fest experience

Photo: Riot Fest sideshow 2016
The 2016 Riot Fest Denver sideshow
Photo: Crowd mohawks at Riot Fest 2016
The crowd
Photo: Riot Fest 2016 crowd
The crowd

See our photos from other recent music festivals in Colorado: Vertex Festival, the Underground Music Showcase and Westword Music Showcase.