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The Slipknot created and curated Knotfest, now in its fifth year, will not feature the namesake band in the 2017 lineup according to frontman Corey Taylor.
Taylor confirmed via Billboard that his rock band Stone Sour would take the coveted headline spot instead.
“I think in a lot of ways your festival has to live past you, or it’s not gonna live at all,” Taylor says in the interview. “If it has to live and breathe on your presence, then it’s not a festival, and it’s not for anybody else but you. And for us, it’s always been more about the art and the music and everybody… That’s why we put so much work into it to begin with, is to really make sure that it was stable and it was strong and the foundation was there.”
Taylor added Slipknot has not released any new studio material since 2014’s .5 The Gray Chapter.
The first Knotfest took place on 4th June, 2012. Since its birth, the dark festival of rock and metal has been headlined by both the creators and other well-known artists such as Lamb of God, Meshuggah, and Whitechapel, among others.
The final lineups of Knotfest, Ozzfest Meets Knotfest and Knotfest Mexico are to be confirmed.
Knotfest has grown from its original two-day event to a tour across California and is growing bigger and better with every edition.
A tour documentary, Day of the Gusano, focusing on their Knotfest Mexico adventures, will appear in US theatres on 6th September.
More information on lineups and dates will emerge in the coming weeks.