Sunday, October 19, 2014

Next weekend, I know I will miss you... FFDP, Slipknot, and so much more... KNOTFEST!!!

I was hoping and planning to be at Knotfest next weekend in San Bernadino, Southern California, but... it's the beginning of a major week of conferences in Vancouver, Canada, TAUS, Localization World), so I'll be a lot further north than San Diego!

Slipknot, headlining both evenings! Darnit... I'd love to see that. Unique shows both nights, so you really do have to see both. New masks. New music (The Gray Chapter drops on October 21st.) Slipknot.

I'm talking about Knotfest, of course. And I have to miss it. Sigh. I'm sure you'll all have a wonderful time and will have millions of great stories to tell... and yes, I want to hear all about it! Terrific lineup over three days of music festival!

Alex Varkatzas, vocals, Atreyu, Aftershock 2014
Atreyu, Aftershock 2014
Danzig, Anthrax, Black Label Society, Hatebreed, Testament, In This Moment, Butcher Babies and so many more on Saturday.

Ivan Moody, Five Finger Death Punch, Aftershock 2014
Five Finger Death Punch, Aftershock 2014
Five Finger Death Punch, and Volbeat, Tech N9ne, Atreyu, Of Mice And Men, and much more on Sunday!

VOLBEAT, Aftershock 2013
VOLBEAT, Aftershock 2013
Five stages, all the headline and supporting acts, plus a whole slew of Japanese rock bands too. But this is so much more than a rock festival--like Sacramento's TBD fest, there's much more going on than the music.  Pyromaniacs can rejoice in the Fire Zone, and there will be constant fights in the Thunderdome. Pagan performers may make you jump (I wanted to see that!) and there's the Ring of Fire carnival ride (I didn't want to ride it, but I did want to see your face as you did!) And... there's a petting zoo. Not just any-old petting zoo, but one specially for all of us metal fans. It's GOATS!!! Go pet a goat to your heart's content while you work up the courage to venture into the tattoo parlour. (Someone--remember to take goat-size ear-protectors for the goats, please!) There's a drum circle unlike any other: you drum on junkyard cars. And watch out for those flames, even when having your fortune told... There's a carnival too, a Slipknot museum and--what everyone has always wanted at a rock festival--a zipline! There is! It's on the map--take a look!

In This Moment, Aftershock 2013
In This Moment, Aftershock 2013
There are still tickets available, but you'd better get a move on!  If you're looking for the VIP package or camping tickets, which would have gotten you into the Friday night show too (THAT would have been one heck of a birthday party, Alison!) tough, should have done it earlier... those are all sold out. But you know you can find somewhere to stay, right? Loads of hotels in the area, and AirBnB etc. Make it happen!

(Maybe I could just hop on a plane in November: they're doing it all over again. Knotfest Japan, anyone?)

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