Slipknot reveal plan to burn camel dung at Knotfest to give festival its own unique smell

Band member Shawn 'Clown' Crahan says burning waste "has a very distinct smell"

Slipknot will burn camel dung in a bid to give their Knotfest music festival a unique smell.

The three-day event takes place from October 24 in San Bernardino, California and will see Slipknot perform live with acts including Anthrax, Napalm Death and Of Mice & Men.

In addition to the music, Knotfest will also include a Mad Max-style Thunderdome with fights scheduled each night, a petting zoo full of goats and the first ever zipline at an American music festival.


A press release issued around the event describes efforts being made by organisers to ensure that Knotfest smells like no other festival either. “Knotfest has its own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over,” it reads. “Personally picked by Slipknot themselves, the smell of Knotfest will permeate the festival grounds. Oil drums will be filled with camel shit… set aflame to last the entire festival.”

“We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest. It was awesome; it was beautiful,” Shawn ‘Clown’ Crahan of Slipknot told Rolling Stone. “[Fans] came into the museum and they had to be hit with camel shit. A very distinct smell. You can’t huff it, but it’s got this smell. And it’s not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but its not necessarily the worst thing, it’s just remembering thoughts – it’s gonna be a reoccurring thing.”

This year’s Knotfest, the second one ever, will follow the release of ‘.5: The Gray Chapter’, Slipknot’s first LP since 2008’s ‘All Hope Is Gone’ .

Earlier this year, frontman Corey Taylor spoke about the creation of the album and how the death of founding member Paul Gray in 2010 and departure of drummer Joey Jordison in 2013 affected the recording.

“It’s been a weird time for this band. There’s a lot about Paul. There’s a lot about ourselves,” said Taylor. “It’s us basically reconvening. We can either die under the weight of life, or… come back and be the Slipknot we know we can be.”