Knot Fest

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Country and Region United StatesIowa
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Council Bluffs (Pacific Junction), Iowa, USA
Festival Description

Step into an apocalyptic underworld where firebreathers, nightmarish creatures on stilts, fire and percussive light, and stunning visuals set the stage for an intoxicating and unforgettably sinister concert experience. The first-ever KNOTFEST — an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival — will feature performances from SLIPKNOT, DEFTONES, LAMB OF GOD, DETHKLOK, SERJ TANKIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE URGE, PRONG, GOJIRA and more. KNOTFEST will debut in the heart of America on Friday, August 17 in Council Bluffs, Iowa at Mid America Motorplex and Saturday, August 18 in Somerset, Wisconsin/Minneapolis, Minnesota at Somerset Amphitheater.

Featuring two heavy-hitting stages of hard music, KNOTFEST will create an intoxicating spectacle, as fans descend into a decadent apocalyptic underworld featuring circus big-top tents, pillars of fire, and amusement park rides–including the legendary Ring of Fire carnival ride (Saturday only)–while masked performers, firebreathers and nightmarish stilt-walkers roam the festival grounds. Interactive graffiti walls and a drum circle made of junkyard cars will entertain fans and artists alike in the immersive, dark apocalyptic atmosphere. Upon entering the gates, sinister surprises including a Slipknot museum and powerful, vibrant art installations await around every corner for fans to discover and explore.

Festival Dates August 17, 2012
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Festival Events:

Lineup 2012:
  • Slipknot
  • Deftones
  • Lamb of GOd
  • Dethklok
  • Serj Tankian
  • Cannibal Corpse
  • The Urge
  • Prong
  • Gojira
  • The Dillinger Escape Plan


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  • Slipknot to Launch Own Music Festival, Knotfest, by Steve Baltin (Rolling Stone, June 4, 2012)


Practical Info:

  • Mid-America Motor Complex
    19340 Jesup Avenue
    Pacific Junction, IA


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