Riot Fest revealed its impressive 2016 Chicago lineup last week, a bill which included the likes of Morrissey, Ween, Social Distortion, Death Cab For Cutie, Brand New, NAS, Deftones, and Death Grips. Today, however, it appears one of the festival’s biggest gets might not actually be confirmed to play after all.
Despite his recent hangouts with punks Rancid and H20, Morrissey says he won’t be heading to the Windy City this summer. “As of this date (May 23), Morrissey is not a part of this year’s Chicago Riot Fest,” reads a new posting on the unofficial official Morrissey website True To You.
The Smiths frontman has been known to cancel concerts and tours, sure, but it seems much too early to be backing out of a commitment. Perhaps there was a miscommunication between the artist and the festival? We’ve reached out to Riot Fest for comment, but have yet to hear back.
Riot Fest Chicago, whether Morrissey’s on board or not, goes down September 16th – 18th at Douglas Park.