Last year, Riot Fest unveiled a Speakers’ Stage, where musicians and activists engage in a panel discussion in front of the audience. Due to the success of last year’s lineup, which included members of Russian female punk group Pussy Riot, Riot Fest is bringing back the Speakers’ Stage.
This year’s speakers will be split over 2 days, with the September 12th event featuring Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin of the “West Memphis Three.” In a panel moderated by Henry Rollins, they will discuss their history and the way music activism contributed to their release after 18 years in prison, after being wrongly accused of the murders of three young boys in 1993. On September 13th, the event will feature Joe Principe (Rise Against), Jeff Pezatti (Naked Raygun,), Brendan Kelly (The Lawrence Arms), Nan Warshaw (founder, Bloodshot Records), Daryl Wilson (The Bollweevils) and Dem Hopkins (owner of the legendary Club Oz).
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