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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 –an extraordinary two-day metal and hard rock destination festival–will feature performances from SLIPKNOT, DEFTONES, LAMB OF GOD, DETHKLOK, SERJ TANKIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE ESCAPE PLAN, THE URGE, PRONG, GOJIRA and more. will debut in the heart of on Friday, August 17 in Council Bluffs, IA at Mid Motorplex and Saturday, August 18 in Somerset, WI/Minneapolis, MN at Somerset Amphitheater. A list of artists performing at each date is available online at: www.knotfest.com.

is a chance for us to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European carnival fest to the heart of America,” explains ’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). “We’re thrilled to delve deep into our catalogue and a long set for fans. This festival is meant to be touched, felt, smelled and experienced by everyone on top of seeing an amazing day of rock and metal.”

Featuring two -hitting stages of hard music, 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 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, apocalyptic atmosphere. Upon entering the gates, sinister surprises including a museum and powerful, vibrant art installations await around every corner for fans to discover and explore.

Tickets for go on-sale Friday, June 8 at 10:00 AM EDT at the festival’s website, Ticketmaster and the box office. GA tickets and a limited number of VIP packages will be available with amenities ranging from early entrance, a shaded VIP bar and lounge with a main stage viewing area (21+ only), VIP catered meals, preferred parking and a meet and greet with Slipknot. To view all ticket and VIP options for both dates, visit: www.knotfest.com.

Visit www.knotfest.com, www.facebook.com/KNOTFEST and www.twitter.com/KNOTFEST for the most--to-date information.

KNOTFEST:

DATE                         CITY                                                   VENUE

Fri       8/17                Council Bluffs, IA                            Mid Motorplex

Sat      8/18                Somerset, WI/Minneapolis, MN      Somerset Amphitheater

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