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

September 6, 2016
Photo: Sleater-Kinney At Riot Fest 1(Photo: CPR / Jeremy Petersen)
Sleater-Kinney

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.

Friday

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

Saturday

Photo: Dandy Warhols At Riot Fest 2016(Photo: CPR / Jeremy Petersen)
The Dandy Warhols
Photo: Yo La Tengo At Riot Fest 2016(Photo: CPR / Jeremy Petersen)
Yo La Tengo
Photo: The Hold Steady At Riot Fest 2016(Photo: CPR / Jeremy Petersen)
The Hold Steady
Photo: Devotchka At Riot Fest 2016
DeVotchKa
Photo: sleater-Kinney At Riot Fest 2(Photo: CPR / Jeremy Petersen)
Sleater-Kinney
Photo: Ween At Riot Fest 2(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)
Ween
Photo: Ween At Riot Fest 1(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)
Ween

Sunday

Photo: Bleached At Riot Fest 2016(Photo: courtesy of the artist)
Bleached
Photo: 2 Chainz At Riot Fest 2016(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)
2 Chainz
Photo: Sleigh Bells At Riot Fest 2016(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)
Sleigh Bells
Photo: Misfits At Riot Fest 2016(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)
Misfits

The Riot Fest experience

Photo: Riot Fest sideshow 2016(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)
The 2016 Riot Fest Denver sideshow 
Photo: Crowd mohawks at Riot Fest 2016(Photo: CPR / Jeremy Petersen)
The crowd
Photo: Riot Fest 2016 crowd(Photo: CPR / Daniel Mescher)
The crowd

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

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