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Knotfest 2012

Posted: August 5, 2012 in Iowa, Minnesota
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Knotfest 2012Lamb of God to play KnotfestLAMB OF GOD LEAD VOCALIST RANDY BLYTHE FREED!

Organizers for the first annual KNOTFEST are thrilled to announce that Randy Blythe, lead vocalist for the group Lamb Of God, has been freed from the Czech Republic and is on a flight back to the United States.

In their first performance since his imprisonment this past June, Randy and his band will perform live at KNOTFEST!

KNOTFEST is an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival featuring performances from headliners SLIPKNOT as well as DEFTONES, LAMB OF GOD, MACHINE HEAD, SERJ TANKIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, THE URGE, PRONG, GOJIRA and more. The festival grounds will feature an apocalyptic underworld where firebreathers, nightmarish creatures on stilts, fire and percussive light, and stunning visuals set the stage for an intoxicating and unforgettably sinister concert experience

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Knotfest 2012 posterStep into an apocalyptic underworld where firebreathers, nightmarish creatures on stilts, fire and percussive light, and stunning visuals set the stage for an intoxicating and unforgettably sinister concert experience. The first-ever KNOTFEST – an extraordinary two-date metal and hard rock festival–will feature performances from SLIPKNOT, DEFTONES, LAMB OF GOD, DETHKLOK, SERJ TANKIAN, CANNIBAL CORPSE, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN, PRONG, GOJIRA and more. KNOTFEST will debut on Friday 17th  August in Iowa before moving on to Minneapolis/Saint Paul, MN at Somerset Amphitheater on 18th August.

KNOTFEST is a chance for us to bring the sensory-overload of a wild European carnival fest to the heart of America,” explains Slipknot’s M. Shawn Crahan (Clown). “We’re thrilled to delve deep into our catalogue and play a long set for fans. This festival is meant to be touched, felt, smelled and experienced by everyone on top of seeing an amazing day of rock and metal.”

Featuring two heavy-hitting stages of hard music, KNOTFEST will create an intoxicating spectacle, as fans descend into a decadent apocalyptic underworld featuring circus big-top tents, pillars of fire, and amusement park rides–including the legendary Ring of Fire carnival ride (Saturday only) – while masked performers, firebreathers and nightmarish stilt-walkers roam the festival grounds. Interactive graffiti walls and a drum circle made of junkyard cars will entertain fans and artists alike in the immersive, dark apocalyptic atmosphere. Upon entering the gates, sinister surprises including a Slipknot museum and powerful, vibrant art!

Iowa Line Up – Friday 17th August
Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb Of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, The Urge, Prong

Minneapolis Line Up – Saturday 18th August
Slipknot, Deftones, Lamb Of God, Dethklok, Serj Tankian, Cannibal Corpse, Prong, Gojira, The Dillinger Escape Plan

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What do you get the music lover that has everything? How about a super sweet collection of more than a dozen new musical acts complete with frosting and sprinkles! Organizers latest and greatest gifts to you include high-octane hip-hop, ingenious indie acts and joyful jam bands. So light the candles, release the balloons, and put on that party hat because 80/35 2012 is headed your way.

Useful Jenkins
Pieta Brown
Dead Larry
Jason Isbell and the 400 Unit
Night Moves
Christopher the Conquered & His Black Gold Brass Band
Mantis Pincers
Dustin Smith & The Sunday Silos
Derek Lambert and the Prairie Fires
Delta Rae
Now, Now
The Sun Company
Bright Giant
Dumptruck Butterlips
Brad Goldman
Jesse Jamz
Jade Reed

Get your tickets now! We know, we know. You keep telling yourself that you’ll wait just a little bit longer. But after Tuesday, May 15, ticket prices are going to bend their tickety legs and hop right on up the pricing scale. 2-day tickets will climb from $49 to $65 while 1-day tickets go up from $29 to $39. So be smart and save yourself some money. Go to today to get your tickets to the party now!

Two-day tickets are now also available for purchase at the following retail outlets with no service fees: Zzz Records (2200 Ingersoll Ave., Des Moines), Eden (418 East 6th Street, Des Moines), and Burgertime Speedy Taco (13435 University Ave., Clive). You can also sign up for a chance to get a free upgrade to VIP status at these special hot spots!

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Five more brilliant bands signed on for a splendid Sunday including disco bebop heavy-hitters, The Macpodz, fierce guitar indie rockers, Pink Mink, the genre-busting act, Infantree, and Iowa favorites, David Zollo & The Body Electric and Love Songs for Lonely Monsters. And, organizers have squeezed Jacob Tyler Wolfgang and The Junkyard Orchestra, two more colossal crowd-pleasers, into Saturday.

The ringmaster certainly deserves to take a bow.

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80-35 Festival, IowaA BIG TOO BIG FOR THE BIG TOP!

Hold on to your metaphorical seats, ladies and gentlemen, because the unbelievable bill just became mind-blowing. Just when you thought three thumping stages couldn’t possibly hold another sparkly sequined performer, check out these electrifying acts:

You’ll be amazed by the Chicago-based quintet Gold Motel as they bound on stage with unique poppy hooks and warm melodies. You’ll thrill to the power pop collective from New Orleans, Generationals, as they shine with ’60s-inspired melodies and new wave rhythms. You’ll delight in high-octane Rocky Mountain DanceGrass as WhiteWater Ramble unleash their curious mix of energetic jams. You’ll feast your creative side with the unconventional experimenting of artists/musicians/filmmakers NewVillager. And you’ll get back to your roots with the strumming Americana of Cory Chisel, fresh from America’s Dairyland.

For those hoping for hip hop, you shan’t be disappointed! You’ll bounce to the breath-taking beats of Blackalicious. Your head will spin at the impossibly quick rhyming of Shady Records own YelaWolf. And you’ll move as Chicago hip-hop trio BBU mashes fresh juking beats with powerful messages of protest.

For those looking for a little local fare, a virtual cornucopia of 80/35 veterans are back to take the stage in The Envy Corps, Brother Trucker, Cashes Rivers, Mr. Baber’s Neighbors and DCM (Dope Clique Movement).

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80-35 Festival, IowaMORE ACTS JOIN 80 / 35 FESTIVAL

The circus train is bumping towards Des Moines and it’s filling up fast with astounding acts that are sure to tingle your spine, raise your hair and leave you properly flabbergasted.

Delight in the densely danceable beats from OF MONTREAL! From Athens, Georgia, of Montreal pops on stage performing edgy psychedelic pop rock with provocative vocals and a glam twist – a must see act! OKKERVIL RIVERS bounds forth to astound audiences with its Austin, Texas, brand of thematic indie folk rock.

Then, witness the wonder that is HANDSOME FURS, the impressive minimal indie rock duo from Quebec, Canada. Revel in the remarkable sound of KARL DENSON’S TINY UNIVERSE, the ultimate iconic exploration of groove, acid jazz, funk and hip hop.

Finally, amazing Iowa acts WOLVES IN THE ATTIC, LAND OF BLOOD AND SUNSHINE and UNIPHONICS contribute their death defying sounds!

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From Cape Town, South Africa, the power trio Civil Twilight stuns crowds with edgy guitar-driven anthems, dramatic limitless vocals, stirring alt-rock songcraft and grand piano-fueled ballads.

And, straight from the hills of Southern Indiana, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band brings the heat with flaming washboards, gut bucket guitar playing and foot-stomping rhythms that inspire wild sing-a-longs worthy of our Big Top.

This year’s marvelous musical spectacle promises wondrous acts from around the world. And many of the best are from just down the street. That’s why 80/35 is dedicating a stage to showcasing our staggering Homegrown Greatness-up to and including these soon-to-be-famous performers:

Des Moines’ own The River Monks, unwrapping rare folk indie rock with a unique minimalist twist.  The Workshy, a funky fusion five piece from Ames, Iowa, known for astonishing and energetic live performances.

Iowa natives La Strange unleash a river of guitars and raw, overdriven drum beats creating a minimalist, yet dynamic sonic sensation. A lo-fi mix of upbeat piano pop featuring boisterous horns and catchy, bouncy melodies set the stage for Christopher the Conquered.

JEL Battle of the Bands winner, Grinning Match, from Cedar Falls enchants with the perfect mix of acoustic, alternative, experimental splendidosity.

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It’s that time again and tour organisers have added Madina Lane, Continental, Jacks Mannequin, Permanent Bastards, Rapid Decline, Street Dogs, The Steelwells

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