Slipknot replace Nine Inch Nails at next month's Riot Fest

The Nine step in to fill the shoes of the other Nine at Chicago’s massive Riot Fest next month.

Slipknot replace Nine Inch Nails at next month's Riot Fest
Nick Ruskell

Following last night’s announcement that Nine Inch Nails would be pulling out of Chicago’s Riot Fest next month – along with all their other scheduled gigs this year – Slipknot have been announced as new headliners.

Organisers of the fest – also featuring Smashing Pumpkins, Machine Gun Kelly, Faith No More, FEVER 333, KennyHoopla and loads more – made the announcement last night.

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“Our fans deserve something amazing and we can’t wait to be together again,” they said. “We’ve been working around the clock to make 2021 even more special – so that hopefully for one weekend, we can escape the world and find comfort in the music and people we hold dear. We’ll see you all this September.”

Riot Fest takes place at Douglass Park, Chicago, on September 16-19.

Announcing the decision to cancel their shows, Nine Inch Nails said in a statement, "It is with great regret that we are cancelling all NIN appearances for the remainder of this year.

“When originally planned, these shows were intended to be a cathartic and celebratory return to live music. However, with each passing day it’s becoming more apparent we’re not at that place yet.

“We are sorry for any inconvenience or disappointment and look forward to seeing you again when the time is right.”

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