Last month we helped to share the news about the first-ever “Knotfest At Sea” and if you didn’t see that announcement just click HERE to be up to speed. We like our readers on point with all of their favorite bands after all. Now onto the news about the also first-ever, “Knotfest UK”. Take a look down below. I’ll return at the close with some light editorial.
The Press Release:
KNOTFEST, the music and lifestyle phenomenon created by multi-platinum, genre defining metal band, SLIPKNOT, will once again make history in 2020 with the first ever KNOTFEST UK. The event will take place at legendary venue, The National Bowl, Milton Keynes on August 22nd. Members of SLIPKNOT’s official fan club, Outside The 9, will have a first access pre-sale that goes live on December 19th at 10am GMT; fans can join and get their passcode at outsidethe9.com.
When SLIPKNOT returns to headline KNOTFEST UK, it’ll mark their first return to The National Bowl since their iconic performance at Ozzfest 2001. KNOTFEST UK full line-up and on-site activities will be announced early next year.
Since its inception in 2012, KNOTFEST has expanded into 5 countries – USA, Japan, Mexico, Colombia and earlier this year, France when the inaugural KNOTFEST MEETS HELLFEST event sold out within weeks. As global demand grows for the unique culture and community that SLIPKNOT and their namesake festival represent, the KNOTFEST brand reaches ever further around the world. With two new territories announced already for 2020 – the inaugural KNOTFEST AT SEA departing from Barcelona, Spain and now, KNOTFEST UK – KNOTFEST is truly making its mark as one of the biggest, most in-demand festival brands in the world.
The inaugural voyage of the KNOTFEST AT SEA cruise will set sail from Barcelona on August 10th, 2020, returning on August 14th. The cruise will be headlined by SLIPKNOT, who will perform two sets on board the ship with the full line-up announced soon. KNOTFEST AT SEA recently announced that the cruise will be stopping in the port of Naples and shared details of the first of the on-board experiences which will include a live Q&A with members of the band, a Sid DJ/MC Set, a Slipknot Whiskey Tasting & Discussion with Clown (limited capacity) and more experiences to be announced. Tickets go on sale Friday, December 13th at 8pm GMT from KnotfestAtSea.com.
KNOTFEST COLOMBIA saw its first ever headline performance from SLIPKNOT when it descended on Hipódromo De Los Andes in Bogotá this past Saturday. Fans from all over the country came to party with SLIPKNOT as they were joined by 16 other bands including Behemoth, Testament, Accept and W.A.S.P.,
In 2020, KNOTFEST JAPAN will take place on 20th and 21st of March with both dates headlined by SLIPKNOT. Day 1 will be a KNOTFEST ROADSHOW event featuring Anthrax, Man With A Mission and more. Day 2 will be a full KNOTFEST festival day featuring Korn, Marilyn Manson, Maximum The Hormone, Trivium, Crossfaith and more. Tickets are available from KnotfestJapan.Com
SLIPKNOT will return to Europe for a headline arena tour in January 2020, where many of the shows sold out in a matter of hours and The O2 in London selling out in 8 minutes. Full dates and info on the European tour are available here. The European tour follows another historic first when SLIPKNOT hit the road this summer for the traveling KNOTFEST ROADSHOW tour. Hitting thirty cities across North America, with a brand new stage set and production, the tour saw SLIPKNOT play to the biggest North American audiences in their history. They also headlined US festivals Louder Than Life and Aftershock this fall.
SLIPKNOT returned to the top of the ‘Billboard Top 200’ in August with the debut of their new album WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND, marking the GRAMMY® Award-winning group’s third consecutive #1 album on that chart. Furthermore, the album made an impact worldwide with #1 debuts in the United States, United Kingdom, Mexico, Australia, Canada, Japan, Russia Ireland, Belgium, Portugal and Finland, as well as Top 5 debuts in Germany, France, Norway, Italy, Austria, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Poland, Spain and New Zealand.
WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND is highlighted by the current single “Nero Forte”, “Solway Firth,” and the LP’s first single “Unsainted.” The latter two have come with an M. Shawn Crahan directed official music video, and each has trended worldwide on YouTube (all videos, not just music) – “Unsainted” at #1 worldwide for a full 24 hours. Combined, videos for the new album have amassed over 87.2 million views in only three months.
While WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND clearly resonated with rock fans on a massive global scale, it also tapped into universal demand for unapologetic and groundbreaking heavy rock across a diverse media landscape: NME called it “an astonishing record”, Forbes called it “a Masterpiece”, The Fader proclaimed “Slipknot is a band whose music will always be relevant”, and Vice wrote “Slipknot have become a pop culture phenomenon.”.
Additionally, SLIPKNOT released its very own craft spirit, SLIPKNOT No. 9 IOWA WHISKEY, this past August. The band collaborated with Iowa-based Cedar Ridge Distillery, which was awarded Distillery of The Year in 2017 (American Distilling Institute), to produce the No. 9 and No. 9 Reserve Iowa Whiskeys. Made with corn from the Cedar Ridge farm in Winthrop, Iowa, these whiskeys celebrate the band’s own Iowa roots. The release included bottle signings along the SLIPKNOT headlined KNOTFEST ROADSHOW, leading to sell-outs across the country. The band recently released a limited number of special bundles featuring a limited edition signed whiskey colored vinyl of their critically acclaimed, chart topping album – ‘WE ARE NOT YOUR KIND’ along with a bottle of SLIPKNOT No. 9 IOWA WHISKEY. Available from CraftShack.com
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PiercingMetal Thoughts: I attended my first-ever Knotfest this past summer when it landed in the Jones Beach Theater out in Wantaugh, NY and it was a mind-blowing concert experience for all who attended. Readers who wish to learn more about that event in our reporting history can click HERE to give it a look and I have a feeling that fans who attend the Knotfest UK are going to lose their collective minds. I’ll close up now by asking you what you think about this event and if you will be planning a visit to the UK around that time. Chime in down below in the comments and know that as more information about this surfaces I will keep on point to share it with you. See you next time.