Slipknot announce plans for their own ‘Knotfest’ festival

The metal band will head up two one-day events in the United States this August

Slipknot have announced plans for their own ‘Knotfest’ festival, due to take place this summer.

The event will see the band heading up two bills on August 17 and 18, the first in their native Iowa and the second in Somerset, which is on the Wisconsin/Minnesota border. As well as Slipknot, there will also be performances from Deftones, Lamb of God, Deathlok, Serj Tankian, The Urge and Cannibal Corpse.

Speaking to Rolling Stone, Shawn Crahan of the band commented that the festival is “all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock and roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be. 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.”

As well as music there will be a Slipknot museum and a general carnival-esque atmosphere, with circus big tops, fairground rides, burlesque entertainment, firebreathers, stilt walkers and “drum circles made of junkyard cars”.

Earlier this year Slipknot told NME that they will enter the studio in early 2013 to record the follow-up to their 2008 fourth album, ‘All Hope Is Gone’. Sid Wilson of Slipknot said that the band would enter the studio as soon as singer Corey Taylor had completed his touring with side project Stone Sour.

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.”

Asked how he was feeling about the prospect of recording again, Wilson said: “It’ll be tough, it won’t be easy, Slipknot’s the biggest thing in all of our lives, but we’re always going to come back to it. We’re going to get it done. I’m excited and I’m ready to do it.” He continued: “I’m sick of hearing people talk, it’s time for action. When we come together, it’s badass; we need to harness that energy of the live shows. When we come together like we always do, it’s going to be brutal.”

As well as hosting Knotfest, Slipknot will tour the US as headliner of Mayhem Festival this summer alongside Slayer, Motorhead, Anthrax and The Devil Wears Prada.