KNOTFEST // Returns To Australia For 2024

Maggots, freaks, and moshers rejoice! The festival of all things weird and heavy, Knotfest, is returning to Australian shores in 2024.

The second iteration where heavy music, art, and culture collide Down Under was officially announced by organisers to take place over 21st, 23rd, and 24th of March in Melbourne, Sydney, and Brisbane respectively. No word on line-ups, however.

Melbourne’s leg will take place at Flemington Racecourse, Sydney’s tilt at Centennial Park, and Brisbane seeing the Showgrounds play host to the twisted festivities.

The only information at present is for fans to “get ready for a monumental return Down Under” and sign-up links for pre-sales and line-up announcements.

The inaugural Knotfest was a massive success for the Slipknot curated touring music and arts festival. In addition to our boiler suited impresarios the fest gathered heavy luminaries Parkway Drive, Megadeth, In Flames, Amon Amarth, Story of the Year, Trivium, Northlane, Spiritbox, and many more huge and rising acts from home and abroad.

It’s likely 2024’s edition will feature art displays, professional wrestling matches, and alternative lifestyle markets and stalls.

We gushed about 2023’s festival, saying “The entire movement [Slipknot] almost single-handedly created back in the late 90s, when the moral panic about Satanism and video nasties were at their peak. These eight men, save for their fallen and erstwhile comrades (RIP Paul Gray), gave the ‘weird’ kids a home and a place […] for eight hours, the freaks held court for once. We survived, we thrived, and we made this our own.”

View the suitably creepy teaser trailer below.

Knotfest began in 2012 as a Slipknot-curated metal festival held in two locations – Council Bluffs, Iowa, close to the band’s hometown of Des Moines, and in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since its original inception, Knotfests have been held in Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and Japan, as well as United States cross-country roadshows and ocean cruises (Knotfest at Sea). It’s also collided with other festivals including Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzfest and France’s premier metal festival, Hellfest.


Melbourne // Flemington Racecourse // 21st March, 2024
Sydney // Centennial Park // 23rd March, 2024
Brisbane // Showgrounds // 24th March, 2024

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