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Slipknot headlines its own pair of festival-style concerts this weekend called Knotfest. The first show takes place on Friday (August 17th) in Council Bluffs, Iowa and the second on Saturday (August 18th) in Somerset, Wisconsin. In addition to the headliners, both days will include sets from Deftones, Lamb Of God, Machine Head, Serj Tankian and Prong, with additional acts performing at each event. Slipknot percussionist Shawn "Clown" Crahan wants fans to come and have the time of their lives: "I want you to smell it, I want you to taste it, I want you to see it, I want you to hear it, I want you to go home and say that your life has been fulfilled and you can't wait for the next year."

Crahan said earlier this summer, "It's all about having fun and bringing something to the world of rock 'n' roll, bringing it to the standard it used to be. It's time for us to really engulf this idea known as Knotfest where we're in control, we make a day devoted to our mindset, our ideas, the people that we want to play with, the people that we think our fans want to be around."

The event will feature circus tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, fire-breathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars, graffiti walls and even a Slipknot museum.

Doors on Friday open at 2:00 p.m., while the festivities begin at 1:30 p.m. on Saturday.

The gigs follow a headlining stint on this summer's Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour and will be Slipknot's last live shows of 2012. The band will tentatively enter the studio sometime early next year to begin recording its fifth album.

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