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Slipknot Announce Massive Knotfest Australia 2023 Line-up

27 October 2022 | 8:00 am | Dan Cribb

Huge local and international names!

(C'wise from top left: Slipknot (pic by Anthony Scanga), Spiritbox, Parkway Drive, Trivium)

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After earlier this week confirming that their Knotfest would make its Australian debut next year, Slipknot have today revealed the highly anticipated line-up.

Shawn "Clown" Crahan let it slip on Tuesday that the event would be heading to the East Coast next March, also naming Bad Omens and Void Of Vision as two acts performing alongside them.

The full line-up features:

SLIPKNOT, PARKWAY DRIVE, MEGADETH, TRIVIUM

NORTHLANE, AMON AMARTH, IN FLAMES, KNOCKED LOOSE, SPIRITBOX

STORY OF THE YEAR, ALPHA WOLF, VOID OF VISION, BAD OMENS, MALEVOLENCE

The first stop will be Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne on March 24, before the festival heads to Sydney’s Centennial Park on March 25 and Brisbane’s RNA Showgrounds on March 26.

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It will also boast the KNOTFEST Museum, “a jaw-dropping collection of items from the band’s history and a fan-favourite attraction at the other KNOTFESTs around the globe.”

Pre-sale tickets go live next Thursday, November 3, at 9am local time ahead of general public on sale at 9am local time on Monday, November 7. More details here

Last week, Slipknot released a social media teaser video captioned, "AU Maggots. Soon…." The 25-second clip featured the music from Adderall, the opener to Slipknot's new album, The End, So Far, their signature logo, and a big tent with a backdrop of the country above it.

The End, So Far debuted at #1 on the ARIA Albums Charts upon its release, which marked the band's third consecutive #1 on the ARIA album chart.  

Speaking with The Music last month, Alessandro Venturella, or as we know him, Slipknot bassist V-Man, said: "You could hear all the aspects of everybody in the band, and it just turned it into something else. Joe [Barresi, producer] brought his expertise and really took those songs to another level. We're very proud of those songs.

Slipknot recently bestowed their dedicated fans with a high-definition gift, uploading sparkling HD remasters of nearly their entire video catalogue to YouTube.

The Iowa metal legends have made the iconic visuals for ten songs, all of which pre-date the HD era. The songs given the HD treatment are Wait And Bleed, Spit It Out, Left Behind, Duality, Before I Forget, Vermillion, Vermillion, Pt. 2, Psychosocial, Sulfur, and Snuff, with the HD remastering giving many of the clips an even more sinister edge.