Slipknot’s Knotfest festival may or may not be the first music festival that’ll smell like burning camel shit; I honestly don’t know. However, I’m reasonably certain that it’s the first music festival to advertise the fact that it’ll smell like burning camel shit. Next month, the long-running masked Iowa metal band Slipknot will host and headline both days of the festival, sharing the bill with people like Danzig, Anthrax, Tech N9ne, and Hatebreed. But the music is only part of the draw. They’re also advertising on-brand attractions a Slipknot museum, a “Fire Area/Thuderdome,” a goat petting zoo, a junk car drum circle. And then there’s the smell.
According to the Knot Fest website, the festival organizers will actually set oil drums of camel shit aflame during the festival, ensuring that everything there will reek like it:
KNOTFEST has it’s own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over.
Personally picked by Slipknot themselves, the smell of KNOTFEST will permeate the festival grounds.
Oil drums will be filled with camel shit and oil, set aflame to last the entire festival.
Talking to Rolling Stone, Slipknot member Steve “Clown” Crahan insists that they won’t actually mix the camel shit with oil. Instead, they’ll burn it over charcoal, “like we’re doing ribs.” Here’s how explains why they’re doing this:
We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest. It was awesome; it was beautiful. [Fans] came into the museum and they had to be hit with camel shit. A very distinct smell. You can’t huff it, but it’s got this smell. And it’s not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but its not necessarily the worst thing, it’s just remembering thoughts — it’s gonna be a reoccurring thing…
I write down things in life that are special, that only living in this thought process can you ever obtain. Freshly mowed grass. How it smells when a nice spring rain hits. Because of Iowa, I like being in a different state that doesn’t even have grass and think that I smell fresh-cut grass. It brings me home. Makes me feel safe… So, I figure, since we’re not a band anymore — we’re a culture, everybody needs to get used to that real quick — that the culture has to have a smell. You have to be able to be somewhere in the world, maybe be in a little pain, and then all of a sudden smell that and feel good again.
Crahan also says that he thinks they’ll get the camel shit from a zoo, but he’s not really sure. Knotfest goes down 10/25-26 at San Bernadino, California’s San Miguel Amphiteater & Campgrounds. See you guys there?