One of these years, I swear to god I’m going to this thing. Every year, when the Insane Clown Posse post the willfully ridiculous YouTube infomercial for their Gathering Of The Juggalos festival, it feels like an internet holiday. This year, the absurdly entertaining infomercial went for a well-chosen zombie-apocalypse theme. And within the 23 absorbing minutes, the infomercial also announced the lineup for a festival that looks like serious fun, as long as you can get used to the Juggalo company.
Obviously, ICP themselves and all of the Psychopathic Records roster will be there. Beyond that, though, there’s a whole lot of fun rap stuff: all three reunited Geto Boys, DMX, Master P, the Game, Raekwon, Danny Brown, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, the Pharcyde, Tech N9ne, Kool Keith, Project Pat, Mack 10, Warren G, the Fat Boys, Biz Markie. Seriously, that is a great rap festival lineup.
Also! Ric Flair will host the main stage on the final night. Virtually every B-list late-’90s/early-’00s nu-metal band will play: P.O.D., Static-X, Fear Factory, Soulfly, Mushroomhead, (Hed) PE, Kottonmouth Kings. The comedy stage isn’t exactly on the cutting edge, but it does have some big names: Cheech and Chong, Bobcat Goldthwait, Ralphie May, Jamie Kennedy. And then there’s the pro wrestling, which brings together bloodthirsty indie brawlers like Necro Butcher with faded big-league gods like Vader and Scott Steiner. If I’m being entirely honest, the wrestling would be the biggest draw for me, personally. Here’s the infomercial:
The Gathering comes to Cave-In-Rock, IL 8/8-12. You should go and tell us how it was.