Slipknot will host inaugural Knotfest this summer

Perennial festival headliners Slipknot will wade into the deep end of the festival pool this summer with the inaugural Knotfest.

Slated for Aug. 17 in Iowa and Aug. 18 in Somerset, Wis., just minutes outside Minnesota’s Twin Cities, the event will feature Slipknot, along with openers Lamb of God, Deftones, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse and more.

Slipknot founding member and percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan told Rolling Stone:

“It’s all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock & roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be. 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.”

In addition to the music experience, Knotfest will also look to create a “dark carnival experience” for fans, featuring: circus big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls, according to Crahan.

“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.”

The band plans to make Knotfest an annual event, one that will continue regardless of the future of the band .

“It’s something that we want to be in control of so much that it can exist without us.”




About Skager

Shawn Skager is a hack. After more than a decade kicking around local community newspapers in Washington State, someone made the mistake of putting a camera in his hands and giving him a photo pass to a concert. Surprisingly, the photos turned out okay and connections were made in his brain and suddenly he fancied himself a music photographer and journalist.