Slipknot Reveal Plans for 2016 Knotfest Japan
They're baaaack! Slipknot's own festival, Knotfest, will be returning to Japan after debuting in the country in 2014. The first installment featured heavyweights like Korn, Lamb of God, Limp Bizkit, Trivium and more in addition to Slipknot headlining both nights of the fest. The masked collective will reclaim their back-to-back headlining status on both Nov. 5 and 6 with over 20 bands playing over the course of the weekend and a trailer clip has been made available above.
With a lineup announcement coming soon, fans can expect a variety of acts from some of the biggest names in rock to a special focus on what Japan has to offer, which in 2014 included Maximum the Hormone, One Ok Rock and Man With a Mission. Speaking about Knotfest Japan, percussionist Shawn 'Clown' Crahan said, "I celebrate Knotfest Japan as a high watermark of my legacy. We began plotting our return the moment we got on the plane home. Japan holds a special place in all of our hearts and it's beating, brutal and beautiful. We can't wait to get back, because we've got some (sic) surprises for you."
The festival was once again orchestrated through a partnership between Japanese promoter Hayashi International Promotion (H.I.P.) and 5B Artist Management. "We've found an incredible partner in H.I.P., and they seamlessly translated the band's vision for Knotfest into an unforgettable experience for Japanese fans in 2014," commented 5b Artist Management President Cory Brennan, continuing, "We've been collaborating closely on expanding this year's festival to encompass our most inimitable and interactive event yet. Audiences are in for something very special."
"Our enthusiasm matches the band's excitement. Knotfest was a major success, and we welcome Slipknot and Knotfest back with open arms," said H.I.P. promoter Kaori Hayashi.
Knotfest made its debut in 2012 featuring two series of shows with one Iowa and another in Wisconsin. Since the inaugural year, the festival has expanded most recently adding a Mexico edition in 2015 and shifting its focus to California on a domestic level. Last year's California edition saw acts like Judas Priest, Mastodon, Korn, Bring Me the Horizon, GWAR, Cannibal Corpse and dozens more hit the stage and photos from the fest can be seen here.
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