Metal History in the Making Ozzfest Meets Knotfest

As reported by Billboard, Slipknot will be on the road through its annual Knotfest on Sept. 25. This year, Knotfest shares the weekend with Ozzy Osbourne’s Ozzfest — which helped Slipknot achieve liftoff as a buzzed-about second stage act in 1999. “I think it’s gonna be great, man,” Taylor says. “It’s kind of a lot of things for us. It’s us really trying to solidify our brand while also paying respect to the brand that not only kind of started it all but also helped us get to where we eventually got to go. Every time we were part of Ozzfest we were treated like family, and we did everything we could really to go above and beyond for them because they treated us so well. For us to be able to partner with Ozzfest and really be able to make something incredible, to me it’s just about respect and saying ‘thank you’ — and also doing something killer for the fans.”

Its  pretty surreal Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot‘s Corey Taylor would be coming together for a very special announcement back in May. During a press conference in LA Sharon Osbourne was brought onstage, where she then introduced Ozzy Osbourne and Geezer Butler of Black Sabbath as well as Corey Taylor, Clown and Sid Wilson of Slipknot. After a photo-op, Sharon took the mic back and addressed the crowd. Explaining how there was no touring metal festival back in the day and that Ozzfest filled that void, she mentioned how they helped usher in Slipknot, who have now started a festival of their own, Knotfest.

Sharon went on to reveal the big news — “Ozzfest Meets Knotfest” would be a merging of the two fests. Host Jose Mangin of SiriusXM took the mic again and introduced more of rock and metal’s heavyweights, bringing Disturbed‘s David Draiman, Hatebreed‘s Jamey Jasta, former Slayer and current Dead Cross drummer Dave Lombardo, Anthrax‘s Scott Ian, Zakk Wylde, Huntress‘ Jill Janus, and Suicide Silence‘s Eddie Hermida.

The daily lineups can be seen below. Tickets are on sale and more details can be found at the official Ozzfest Meets Knotfest website.

As a band who made their breakthrough in part because of Ozzfest, Taylor said, “This could be the one of the coolest things I’ve ever been a part of. Starting out as an Ozzfest band, coming into our own with Knotfest and now combining forces to make a little metal history…it was meant to be and I’m proud to be a part of it.” 

Ozzfest: Sept. 24

Black Sabbath
Disturbed
Megadeth
Opeth
Black Label Society
Rival Sons
Children of Bodom
Hatebreed
Devildriver
Huntress
Goatwhore
Dead Cross
Municipal Waste
Kataklysm
Nails
The Shrine
Still Rebel

Knotfest: Sept. 25

Slipknot
Slayer
Amon Amarth
Anthrax
Trivium
Sabaton
Suicide Silence
Overkill
Emmure
Butcher Babies
Man With a Mission
Whitechapel
Combichrist
Death Angel
Sim
Oni

DIRECTIONS : SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER IS JUST NORTH OF ONTARIO AIRPORT.

  • From Los Angeles: Take the 10 Fwy East just past the Ontario airport Take the 15 Fwy North. Go ten miles, than follow signs to San Manuel Amphitheater.
  • From Orange County: Take the 91 Fwy East to the 15 North. After you pass the 10 Fwy, go ten miles, then follow signs to the San Manuel Amphitheater.
  • From Riverside: Take the 15 North. After you pass the 10 Fwy, you will go about ten miles, then follow the exit signs to San Manuel Amphitheater.
  • From San Bernardino: Take the 215 North. Follow the exit signs to San Manuel Amphitheater in the City of Devore.

ADA PARKING

  • ADA Parking is available with a Place card in the West Lot. Enter at Gate 1 to access ADA Parking.

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FestPop Sr. Metal/Rock Staff Writer Sheila Shawndell
FestPop Sr. Metal/Rock Staff Writer Sheila Shawndell
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