Looks like Saturday’s Knotfest is definitely one Somerset event you’ll want to stay and camp at, if you can, even though it’s only a one-day event. According to the scheduled set times, the inaugural metal marathon’s namesake headliner, Slipknot, won’t go on until 10:20 p.m. and will play till midnight. Hope the neighbors are fans, too. Here’s the official schedule:
Doors: 1:30 PM
Serj Tankian: 6:10PM-7:00PM
Dillinger Escape Plan: 4:30PM-5:10PM
Lamb of God: 9:15PM-10:15PM
Machine Head: 7:05PM-8:05PM
Cannibal Corpse: 5:15PM-6:05PM
Amid the nearly nonstop music, fans will have to find time to take in Knotfest's other promised attractions, such as big-top circus tents, “pillars of fire” (whatever those are) and amusement park rides, including something called the Ring of Fire. The hilly amphitheater grounds will also be filled with masked performers, firebreathers, graffiti walls and a drum circle made of junkyard cars. Dude!
If you can’t make the fest but still want to take in the concert, it will be webcast live via www.eventviewlive.com for $19.95. It will be available for viewing 30 days afterward, too. The other day of Knotfest, happening Friday in Council Bluffs, Iowa, will not be shown.
If you are attending, don’t make the mistake the indie-rockers made at last weekend’s My Morning Jacket show and try to get there through Stillwater’s antiquated, single-lane lift bridge. Here’s the best route: Travel east on I-94 through Hudson and take Exit 4 for US-12/Co. Rd U north (left) toward Somerset. Follow the signs to Somerset (straight onto Co Rd A, left onto Co Rd I). A map and other details on the venue can be seen at www.somersetamphitheater.com.
Tickets are now priced at $45. Two-day camping passes are $35, plus a $30 vehicle fee. You can buy those and find more info here.