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Slipknot’s Legendary Knotfest Returns to the U.S. Friday, Oct. 24 Through Sunday, Oct. 26


Three Day Destination Festival
 Features The Biggest Bands in Heavy Music with Two Special Saturday and Sunday Late Night Closing Sets by Slipknot at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA


Slipnot, photo by FW staff, courtesy of Lara Dean

Festival Features More Than 60 Bands on 5 Stages Including:

 Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Suicide Silence, Killswitch Engage, Black Label Society, Testament, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, In This Moment, Atreyu, Carcass, and Many More


Volbeat, photo by Francois Poulin for FW and courtesy of Lara Dean


Early Bird Discounted Tickets (While Supplies Last) & Camping Packages on Sale Now at


Danzig, photo by Lara Dean for FW

Danzig, photo by Lara Dean for FW

Slipknot are set to return to the U.S. with their own Knotfest ~ an extraordinary 3-day metal and heavy music destination festival ~ to be held Oct. 24-26 at San Manuel Amphitheater & Campgrounds in San Bernardino, CA. This marks the first time Knotfest will be held in the same location for multiple days.


Knotfest U.S. 2014 ~ powered by Rockstar Energy Drink ~ will feature a Slipknot-curated lineup of over 60 bands performing on five stages on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Friday night VIP Pre-Party Bash, band performances and other activities for those that purchase VIP or Camping Packages.

The weekend will feature performances from Slipknot, Danzig, Five Finger Death Punch, Volbeat, Anthrax, Killswitch Engage, Tech N9ne, Of Mice & Men, Black Label Society, Testament, Hatebreed, Atreyu, In This Moment, Carcass and many more.

Black Label Society, photo by SethM for FW

Black Label Society, photo by SethM for FW

A list of artists performing each day is available now at


"Clown," photo by FW staff, courtesy of Lara Dean

“Clown,” photo by FW staff, courtesy of Lara Dean

Slipknot will close the Main Stage both Saturday and Sunday, with unique sets each night, featuring brand new music and an entirely new stage set and experience. In addition, all ticket purchasers will receive a digital copy of Slipknot’s forthcoming album, to be delivered on release date.

“Knotfest is a chance for Slipknot to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European festival ~ and now we’re coming for you, California,” says Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). “Playing two different sets over two nights at one location is a new experience in the history of this band. This year’s Knotfests in the U.S. and Japan are going to be on another level.” 

Every Knotfest has been a fully immersive experience for fans, and this one ups the ante. In addition to performances from more than 60 of the heaviest bands on the planet, attendees will descend into an apocalyptic underworld featuring over 20 festival attractions including a Slipknot Museum (curated by the band), carnival rides, a zip line across the festival grounds, drum circles, pillars of fire, freaks, fire-breathers, stilt-walkers, and so much more.

Knotfest 2


Campers and VIP ticket holders receive a free Friday night Knotfest show with Suicide Silence, The Black Dahlia Murder, Butcher Babies and more, as well as an early preview of the festival area and Slipknot Museum showcasing the band’s history. VIP ticket holders also can attend a Friday night special VIP Pre-Party Bash with music by Slipknot’s DJ Sid.

Butcher Babies, photo by SethM for FW

Butcher Babies, photo by SethM for FW


Knotfest tickets are on sale now at; limited quantities of Early Bird Discounted 2-day and 1-day festival tickets, as well as Camping Packages, are also available on the site while supplies last. VIP packages go on sale Wednesday, July 9 at 10:00am PT. A limited number of four different levels of VIP packages will be available with amenities including exclusive merchandise bundles, early entrance to a 21+ VIP Lounge, Pit Pass or the best Reserved Seats in the house, preferred parking and more. Hotel packages and travel packages will be available soon. To view all ticket options for Knotfest, head here.

DevilDriver, photo by Julie Williams for FW

DevilDriver, photo by Julie Williams for FW


Doors open at 11:00 AM each day and the show runs until 12:30 AM on Saturday and 11:30 PM on Sunday. The Knotfest camping area will be located in a grassy county park adjacent to the venue’s VIP area.  Knotfest is a short drive from San Francisco, Las Vegas, Phoenix, Tucson, San Diego, San Joaquin Valley, and many more cities in the Southwestern USA.


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