Riot Fest, which features well known rock and punk acts such as Primus, The Cure, Wu-Tang Clan and Slayer, was scheduled for Sept. 19-21 at May Farms in Byers. It made its first appearance in the state last year, also at May Farms. The festival was expected to attract 17,000 people a day to Byers, a town of just over 1,000 residents located about 40 miles east of Denver.
It's not clear how organizers of the festival will deal with the thousands of fans who have purchased tickets to Riot Fest or whether they will try to find an alternate location in the state.
Due to circumstances beyond our control and despite lots of support for Riot Fest & Sideshow in Byers, May Farms is no longer available to host Riot Fest. A nearby alternate location will be announced early next week. We know this sucks, we’re as disappointed as you are, but if you could be a little patient with us, we’ll have more information ASAP. All tickets will be honored at the new location. Riot Fest in Denver is NOT cancelled, the show will go on, and rock n roll never dies.
I'll be the first to admit that I've never been involved in anything like this, but how do you not already have a permit before booking acts and selling tickets? I would be beyond furious if I had booked plane tickets, a hotel, requested vacation time from work, ect, ect.
Pretty sure the permit was revoked after residents complained
Organizers had been awaiting word on a special-use permit from Arapahoe County after a public hearing on July 1 where residents voiced concerns about the three-day music festival — primarily revolving around noise, traffic and drug use.
I'm pretty OK with this. I was really disappointed with the day-to-day schedule, and the fact that Byers is out in buttfuck nowhere compared to Denver. I'd rather see several of those bands (TBS, The Used, Rise Against) headlining closer to the city of Denver.