Slipknot launches Knotfest two-day festival in August

With enough summer music festivals already devoted to tossing as many genres at the stage as possible to see what sticks with the ticket-buying public, it's refreshing to hear details about Iowa masked metal kings Slipknot's new music fete. It's undeniably over-the-top, and shouldn't it be?

On August 17-18, Knotfest will hit two Midwestern locations with "A happening that will awaken your darkest senses," according to the event's website. In addition to a headlining performance by Slipknot, the performers for the weekend include equally brutalizing acts such as Deftones, Lamb of God, Deathklok, System of a Down's Serj Tankian, the Dillinger Escape Plan, and several others. With a dark carnival atmosphere as part of the event, this could prove to be a destination weekend that splits the difference between Ozzfest and the Gathering of the Juggalos.

The party kicks off near Council Bluffs, Iowa on Friday, August 17 at the Mid-America Motorplex -- a decade-old racetrack that seats 7,000 and would have room for thousands more on the grounds. The location is in  Western Iowa about 30 miles from Omaha, Nebraska. More details here.

On Friday, August 18, the festival shifts to a familiar location for many: Somerset Amphitheater in Somerset, Wisconsin. As mentioned on the information page for this date, the event will include the Ring of Fire carnival event among its attractions. Other perks from the day include a Slipknot museum, graffiti walls, an assortment of circus sideshow performers, and an ingenious new spin on the drum circle concept that's common at outdoor fests like Bonnaroo. Here, the rhythm will be created by beating up jalopy automobiles. Or, in the language of the Knotfest site, "Destroy your life's aggression in drum circles with members of Slipknot taking place on mangled frames of forgotten metal."

In an interview with Rolling Stone, Slipknot's Shawn "Clown" Crahan says that this event is part of an ongoing process of healing and remembrance for bassist Paul Gray, who was found dead in an Iowa hotel room two years ago. It's expected to be a yearly affair -- even if Slipknot isn't always involved as a performer.

Tickets for both dates will be on sale on Friday, June 8 at 10 a.m. We will update with prices and links when they are available.

Slipknot launches Knotfest two-day festival in August

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