Iowa-based metal icons Slipknot have announced their first curated festival, Knotfest.
Scheduled for successive dates on August 17th and 18th in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Somerset, Wisconsin (on the border of Wisconsin and Minnesota), the all-day festival features headlining performances from the band, as well as a formidable list of support acts. All of the following will be taking part in the fun:
Lamb of God
Serj Tankian (from System of a Down)
The Dillinger Escape Plan
…and more acts expected to be announced shortly.
This was a big announcement for Slipknot – the unexpected death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010 cast the group’s future in jeopardy, as front man Corey Taylor moved on to a successful solo tour and released a book called Seven Deadly Sins – Settling The Argument Between Born Bad And Damaged Good.
While members of Slipknot have remained cryptic about the chances of a new studio album (which would be their first since 2008’s All Hope is Gone), the Knotfest reveal implies that things are back in action in the Slipknot camp.
As Shawn Crahan (or Clown) told Rolling Stone, “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.”
Further, as the festival’s website mysteriously details,
At nightfall, all bets are off! The PAGAN world WILL go off in a riotous mindf***!
Fire and light WILL blur your senses. You WILL feel and smell the sickness. The smell of KNOTFEST alone WILL cling to your attire for months to come.
Tickets for Knotfest will go on sale this Friday, June 8th, at 10 AM local time.