Slipknot announce 25th anniversary headline set at Knotfest Australia…

Slipknot have announced that they’ll be headlining next year’s Knotfest Australia.

Ahead of the 2024 edition of their travelling fest – which doesn’t feature the masked metal icons, and instead includes the likes of Disturbed, Halestorm, Skindred and more – the band have revealed that they’ll be taking their 25th anniversary celebrations down under in 2025 (and presumably their new mystery drummer, too?!). They haven’t yet confirmed the full line-up, but watch this space for more news when we have it. In the meantime, Knotfest Australia 2024 will hit Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane this month.

In a recent interview, we asked Clown about the planned setlist for their 25th anniversary gigs (which will land in Europe and the UK this winter), and if the ’Knot will be playing their 1999 debut in full.

“Are you joking right now?” he said. “You’re talking about the anniversary of one of the greatest metal albums to ever release in the thought process known as reality, and you think this 54-year-old man who just told you ‘I’m going out the way I came in’, you think for one moment that this album isn’t going to be played in its entirety in front of, like, 100 people, 200 people, 300 people, 50,000 people?

“I’m not going to live forever, man,” he continued. “Neither is everybody else. Things are changing very quickly. I ain’t got no more time to fuck around. That is the vehicle of my soul, and the remembrance, the memories, the heartache of lost brothers and even sisters – all these people that are gone and we’re still doing it.

“Yeah, we’re going to play that album from beginning to end. But I sure as hell am not going to just succumb to the corporate world and give all those people what they want. They’re going to get it. But you know what we’re going to get? We’re going to have fun, too. So that means small shows and you won’t know until you hear it. And if you heard it, you’re already too late and you’re not going to see it. So you better open up your soul, because then you’ll feel it and you won’t have to hear it, because I’m being very serious…”