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Genre Heavy metal, groove metal, death metal, metalcore, deathcore, thrash metal
Location(s) Mid-America Motor Complex, Council Bluffs, Iowa
Somerset Amphitheater, Somerset, Wisconsin
San Manuel Amphitheater, San Bernadino, California
Makuhari Messe, Tokyo, Japan
Years active Since 2012

Knotfest is a music festival created by American metal band Slipknot. The inaugural Knotfest took place on August 17, 2012, in Council Bluffs, Iowa and August 18, 2012, in Somerset, Wisconsin.[1] Amongst the line up were bands such as Deftones, Lamb of God, Cannibal Corpse, and many more.[2] On March 24, 2014, it was officially announced "Knotfest Japan" will be held in November 15 and 16 at Makuhari Messe, Tokyo.[3] Headliners of both dates are Slipknot. Korn, Limp Bizkit, Lamb of God, Five Finger Death Punch, Papa Roach, Bring Me the Horizon, Trivium and In Flames are announced to perform. On the first date of the Mayhem Festival 2014, Knotfest 2014 was announced, with it being held at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernadino on the 24th, 25th and 26th October.[4]



Knotfest was officially announced on June 4, 2012. Among the activities the festival offered as part of its "dark carnival experience" circus big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls. The two shows also debuted a Slipknot museum.[2]

"It's all about having fun and going crazy, 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." Slipknot, of course, is about a whole aesthetic, not just the music. "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," Crahan says.[2]


On July 11, Slipknot announced that their closing performance at Knotfest would be broadcast via a pay-per-view streaming website.[5] Shawn "Clown" Crahan said "It means everything for everyone to see the live spectacle we're creating in the flesh, but we understand some fans around the world can't be at the show. We've now made it possible for you to be there in spirit - so join us live on August 18.".[5]


2012 lineup[edit]

Main Stage

Second Stage


2014 lineup[edit]


Friday 24 October
VIP + Camping Kickoff Party

Suicide Silence
The Black Dahlia Murder
Butcher Babies
Chelsea Grin

Saturday 25 October
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Black Label Society

Maximum The Hormone
King 810
Man with a Mission

In This Moment
The Devil Wears Prada
Butcher Babies
Miss May I
One OK Rock

Fear Factory

Sunday 26 October
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Five Finger Death Punch
Tech N9ne

Of Mice & Men
Veil of Maya
Nothing More

Killswitch Engage
Upon A Burning Body
Anti Mortem

Napalm Death
Attika 7



Corey Taylor said on his Twitter "Don't worry, UK: this won't be the last Knotfest...". This suggests there will be more Knotfests in the future, including in the UK.[7]


  1. ^ Smith, Jay (2012-06-04). "Slipknot’s ‘Knotfest’ Lineup Revealed". Pollstar. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  2. ^ a b c Baltin, Steve (2012-06-04). "Slipknot to Launch Own Music Festival, Knotfest". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
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  4. ^ Kaufman, Spencer (2014-07-04). "Slipknot Announce 2014 U.S. Knotfest Featuring Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat + More". Loudwire. Retrieved 2014-08-11. 
  5. ^ a b "Slipknot to pay-per-view stream their Knotfest headline set". NME. 2012-07-11. Retrieved 2012-07-12. 
  6. ^ Freeman, Phil (2012-06-04). "Slipknot Announce Knotfest'". Roadrunner Records. Retrieved 2012-06-13. 
  7. ^ "Slipknot announce first ever Knotfest". Kerrang!. 2012-06-06. Retrieved 2012-09-26.