One of the titans of the North American summer Music Festival season is Riot Fest, and we were damn glad to see it come back strong in 2021. Especially after Lollapalooza did such bang up numbers coming back, and kept the safety methods strongto minimize the effects of the pandemic, you knew Riot Fest was going to go hard, and bring it big time. Even with the departures from the lineup of Nine Inch Nails, Faith No More, Mr. Bungle, and others, it was as stacked a lineup as the fest has ever had. If you’ve ever been to Riot Fest, Lollapalooza, Coachella or any other festival, you’ve witnessed the power of live music bringing people together. At Riot Fest 2021, we learned that even a global pandemic is no match for a community this passionate and devoted. What makes Riot Fest particularly special, though, is the integration of bands and artists from several generations, and the consequent mingling of their fans. Whether you’re twelve or sixty years old, there’s someone on the lineup for you.
Rage Against The Machine has announced that are postponing the first leg of their reunion tour due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Due to the current outbreak and ban on public gatherings, we are postponing the first part of our tour (March 26th – May 20th) with RUN THE JEWELS,” the group said in a statement. “The safety and health of those who come to our shows is of the utmost importance to us.” Ghost Cult first broke the news internationally of their reunion and a subsequent headline gig at Coachella, since canceled. The first shows back together later this month were due to take place at several cities along or near the Mexican border near ICE detention centers, including El Paso; Las Cruses, New Mexico; and Phoenix, Arizona. Instead, they will now launch the trek on May 23 at Boston Calling. All previously purchased tickets will be honored at the rescheduled dates, which will be announced soon.Continue reading
As rumors have persisted, published reports by journalist Yashar Ali and was corroborated by Entertainment Tonight and Billboard.com The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival has reportedly been postponed to October amid fears about the coronavirus outbreak. The event, which was set to take place in Indio, California, on April 10-12 and April 17-19, is expected to be postponed to the weekends of October 9 and October 16. The lineup was set to include headlining performances from Rage Against The Machine, Travis Scott, Frank Ocean and more. Coachella is the largest and arguably the most important music festival in the world, and sees an estimated 250,000 people attend Coachella each year over two back-to-back weekends at Empire Polo Club, about two hours outside of Los Angeles. The news of the postponement comes as authorities in the Coachella Valley region confirmed three new cases of the coronavirus on Monday. An online petition to call off Coachella this year has garnered more than 16,000 signatures.Continue reading
Coachella Festival has announced its full lineup for their two weekends of festivals this spring. The mostly Rap and Pop music lineup had already confirmed headliner Rage Against the Machine for April 10th and 17th. Other artists performing April 10-12 and 17-19 includes headliners, and so are Frank Ocean and Travis Scott, and Thom Yorke, Lana Del Rey, Lil Uzi Vert, FKA twigs, DaBaby, Run the Jewels, Megan Thee Stallion, Lil Nas X, City Girls, King Gizzard & the Lizard Wizard, Idles, Charli XCX, 21 Savage, Disclosure, Big Sean, Carly Rae Jepsen, Yaeji, Snail Mail, Swae Lee, Noname, Caribou (and Daphni), DJ Koze, Calvin Harris, Denzel Curry, Danny Elfman, Cuco, 100 gecs, and Fatboy Slim are among the artists on this year’s lineup. Duck Sauce—the A-Trak and Armand van Helden project—is on the lineup after being inactive since 2014. Japanese digital pop star Hatsune Miku will also perform. Danny Elfman will also perform a set as well. The reunited My Chemical Romance was heavily rumored to appear at the festival, but they’re not on the lineup. Tickets for weekend 1 are already sold out. The pre-sale for weekend two begins on 1/6 and is also expected to sell out.
According to a published report by Metal Sucks, Rage Against The Machine’s 2020 reunion tour has released the first batch of dates beyond the previously announced West Coast tour and Coachella Festival headline Dates. The post with the dates and the admat poster appeared on Twitter over the weekend (November 23rd) and then hastily deleted. If the post is legit, RATM will perform at Hellfest in France, Rock in Rio in Brazil, Riot Fest in Chicago and Louder Than Life in Louisville, KY which assumes RATM will headline one day of each fest. The tour is scheduled to visit Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Korea, Japan, Colombia, Brazil, with additional dates in the U.S. Planned for next fall. Continue reading
Chon is releasing their new self-titled album this week, via Sumerian Records. The California based prog band has had a busy spring, performing on both weekends at Coachella and Shaky Knees. They kick off a new headline tour tonight in their home state, with DOMi and JD Beck in support. Watch their recent video for ‘Petal’, and catch the band on tour in a city near you. Continue reading
Following their powerful appearance at Coachella this spring, progressive band CHON has returned with a new music video for their new single ‘Petal’! The new album, their third, self-titled record, out on June 7th via Sumerian Records. You can watch it below. The band has also booked a tour to coincide with the release. Continue reading
As previously reported, Marilyn Manson was a guest on stage at X-Japan’s second-weekend headline appearance at Coachella 2018. Joining X-Japan frontman Yoshiki at the piano, the duo performed Manson’s legendary version of 1980s classic ‘Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)’, by Eurythmics. Watch it below! Continue reading
Legendary visual kei rock band X-Japan will make their Coachella debut tonight, headlining the Mojave stage at 11:10 PM. As one of the only hard rock acts of the weekend, the band is likely to make a strong impact on festival goers with their amazing show. The bands 10-year reunion concerts just wrapped April 10 and 11 at Zepp DiverCity in Tokyo, warming up for the band’s debut performance at Coachella tonight, April 14. Richard Fortus of Guns N’ Roses, Wes Borland of Limp Bizkit, and Miya from MUCC joined the stage as special guests, adding more speculation about who might join X JAPAN on stage at their Coachella performances. Stream the performance tonight at the link below. Continue reading
A Perfect Circle’s new album Eat The Elephant is a little over a month away from dropping and the band is lining up a much-anticipated headline tour to match. Sadly, due to his commitments in this summer’s Smashing Pumpkins reunion, James Iha cannot join APC on tour. The band has recruited Failure bassist Greg Edwards to fill-in. Check out the statement the band released on the topic.