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11 Jun

Slipknot Announces the First Ever 'Knotfest'

The masked metal masters, otherwise known as Slipknot, have announced the first ever “Knotfest”! A 2 day-long festival set to take place on August 17th, in Council Bluffs, IA, and on August 18th, in Minneapolis, MN, featuring the ultimate dark carnival experience complete with circus tents, amusement park rides, pillars of fire, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars, graffiti walls, and a Slipknot museum at both locations. Joining Slipknot for this historic weekend event will be the Deftones, Lamb of God, Deathlok, Serj Tankian, the Urge, Cannibal Corpse and more.

"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's Shawn "Clown" Crahan tells 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." Crahan continues, "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,"

Knotfest is something the band has always wanted to do, according to Crahan, and now the time is right. "Now, after 15 years, things feel right, things feel complete, things feel like we can accomplish anything. And I love challenges," he says.
That came about in large part through adversity. The band suffered a devastating loss in 2010 when bassist Paul Gray was found dead in his Iowa hotel room. Like any group that's suffered the death of a band mate, Slipknot were left to figure out the best way to carry on and honor their brother. They decided to do it live.

"When the tragedy of our life happened, instead of going away we decided, 'No, that's not the right thing to do. Let's go out, let's share the way we feel with the people that feel like we feel,'" Crahan says. "So last summer we embarked on a tour, then we went to South America and opened up for Metallica in Rock In Rio. We just got back from Australia, and now we're gonna embark on another fantastic one-of-a-kind tour, ending this thought process that's been consumed by these feelings about a great loss."

After closing this chapter, the band will move on. "We're going to take our personal time to do what it is we feel we need to do to get ready for the new record that's gonna come out sooner than anybody knows," says Crahan.

Expect Knotfest to be an ongoing tradition, even if Slipknot isn't always on the bill. "It's something that we want to be in control of so much that it can exist without us," Crahan says. For more information on Slipknot and Knotfest, please be sure to visit Slipknot’s website,