Finally, heavy metal gets its answer to the Gathering of the Juggalos. The Assemblage of the Maggots.
RollingStone.com got the exclusive. Good for them. They totally need the traffic, so go read their story…which I will now summarize, rendering said exclusive useless.
The inaugural installment of Slipknot’s first-ever festival, Knotfest, will be held over two day-long events — the first on Friday, August 17 at Mid America Motorplex in Pacific Junction, Iowa, and the second on August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin, on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota.
As we reported yesterday, Slipknot will headline, but the rest of the bill’s pretty solid.
Playing the Knotfest will be Cannibal Corpse, Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan, The Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, The Urge, and Prong. That’s a solid lineup, folks — I can’t lie. And something tells me it will only get better between now and the fest.
Knotfest tickets go on sale on Friday, June 8 at 10:00 a.m. CDT.
“It’s all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be,” Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan tells RollingStone.com.
“It’s time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we’re in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around…When everyone leaves, their senses [will be] overloaded, and I’m talking about smells, sights, hearing, your body, everything is overloaded with stimulation, because that’s what Slipknot does.”
In addition to music, the Knotfest will include “activities” like circus big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls. Clothing optional.
I added that last bit.
There will also be a Slipknot museum launching at the shows.
Drum circles made of junkyard cars? What the fuck? You know that was Clown’s idea.
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