Short and Sour: Postcards From Riot Fest Denver 2016
Diet Cig performed at Riot Fest 2016 in Denver.
Throughout the weekend, Westword writers have been sending in-depth dispatches from the 2016 edition of Riot Fest Denver at the National Western Complex. Sometimes, however, the most useful review is the snap judgment, so here are postcards of the highlights — or lowlights? — from thirteen Riot Fest sets, keeping it short if not sweet.
Check out a slideshow of bands from Riot Fest 2016.
Dan Deacon brought the love to Riot Fest 2016.
The opposite of everything Slipknot and its Wall of Death stood for, Dan Deacon initiated a Wall of Life, where everyone in the pit high-fived each other instead of kicking each other's asses.
Motion City Soundtrack
Everything was all right.
Jake Bugg performed at Riot Fest 2016.
Bob Dylan's unmemorable abortion.
The only thing they needed more than sunshine was sunblock.
Teen angst has a midlife crisis.
It seems like their shtick should be old by now until you remember every year there are more thirteen-year-olds.
Nü metal for the molly generation.
Sleigh Bells at Riot Fest 2016.
Music better suited for a soundtrack.
Frontman Geoff Rickly said it best: "When you look up sad boy in the dictionary you find Thursday."
Milo goes to pick up his kids from soccer practice.
Fitz and the Tantrums at Riot Fest 2016.
Fitz & the Tantrums
As replaceable as the cell phones they shill.
The King has returned and, per the usual, he wants your skulls.
Taylor Hawkins of Chevy Metal (and Foo Fighters) performing at Riot Fest Denver 2016.