Slipknot announced their own summer music festival called Knotfest. The two-day concert will take place on August 17 and 18, in Council Bluffs, Iowa and Somerset, Wisconsin, respectively. M. Shawn Crahan (Clown) said in a statement:
“Knotfest is a chance for us to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European carnival fest to the heart of America. We’re thrilled to delve deep into our catalogue and play a long set for fans. This festival is meant to be touched, felt, smelled and experienced by everyone on top of seeing an amazing day of rock and metal.”
This festival will probably get more than just maggots excited (‘maggots’ being a nickname given to big Slipknot fans). ArtistDirect listed the five reasons they care about Knotfest, including a roster of great supporting acts, a carnival-like atmosphere, and rides.
Alongside Slipknot, the lineup includes, Deftones, Lamb of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, The Urge, Prong, Dirtfield, Cannibal Corpse, Gojira, and The Dillinger Escape Plan. The show provides a healthy list of bands that rivals many other big name metal festivals (albeit without some of the more mainstream headliners).
Knotfest will cater to much of the underground metal scene and even includes additional attractions like junkyard car drum circles, a museum of Slipknot history, and carnival rides with names like “RING OF FIRE.”
Touring is not the only thing on Slipknot’s mind. The band also plans to enter the studio at the beginning of 2013 to record their next album and follow-up to their fourth studio album All Hope Is Gone. Sid Wilson said:
"After we break for winter and Stone Sour are done with their tour, we'll be back in the kitchen with Slipknot. Actually before Stone Sour finish touring we'll be in the studio preparing for Corey's return, keeping the irons hot."
Fans will just have to hear what they can do live before getting any new music on record. Check out more details about Knotfest on the official website.