Residents of Kaiser, Missouri petitioned against the festival
Insane Clown Posse’s Gathering Of The Juggalos festival has been banned from its intended new home in Kaiser, Missouri, Consequence Of Sound informs.
Last week, the group announced plans to move the bash from its base at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois to the CryBaby Campground in the Missouri town. Citizens were unimpressed with the plans and protested and petitioned against the move while a state senator introduced legislation that would enforce the Gathering to be subject to all federal and state laws.
In a statement on their website, the Insane Clown Posse wrote: “First of all, we at Psychopathic Records want to apologize to all the Juggalos as we announce that the owners of the campground that we have dubbed Harlequin Park in Kaiser, Missouri have decided to not allow the Gathering to take place on their property. This was a hard decision for the people of Harlequin Park and they did not make it lightly.”
They continued: “[…A]fter we signed the contract and announced the location of the Gathering, some of the people that lived in the surrounding community began to raise hell. Not all of them, mind you, but enough to bring a lot of heat to the owners of the campground. Not only that, they also experienced a media blitz and their phones would not stop ringing. This was no doubt amplified because of the recent lawsuit filed against the FBI by Psychopathic Records and the ACLU for wrongly accusing the Juggalos of being a gang, as well as the reports of last year’s Gathering losing money. Some people in the community where the Gathering was to be held must have believed the nonsense because they kept saying a “gang” was coming to their town and we heard reports that some people were starting to arm themselves. Unbelievable!
So … we DO have a plan B. Since we first realized that things were shaky with the campground, we have been aggressively looking into other areas to hold the Gathering and have a couple places already lined up. Now we realize that for some the news of the Gathering being moved is going to be a major setback. It’s even sadder because the ticket sales this year have far surpassed those of the past several Gatherings. Apparently it was the right spot, the right time and the right mix of flavor because practically everyone and their momma was going to attend.
Again, we apologize to all Juggalos for any inconvenience this may have caused you and we will strive hard to make this right.”
Recently the group filed a lawsuit against the FBI and the US Justice Department, referred to in the statement above, after they took action to classify fans of the band as gang members. The suit was filed in Detroit by the rap group’s lawyers as well as representatives of the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan last month (January 8).