Are Korn, System of A Down and Deftones teasing the ultimate nu metal festival?

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System Of A Down, Korn and Deftones are all teasing what appears to be a brand new nu metal-themed festival taking place in Las Vegas next year.

The three bands, together with Incubus, Evanscence and Chevelle, all posted a short animated clip teasing an event called Sick New World, taking place in Las Vegas. 

A separate website (opens in new tab) is taking pre-orders for a one-day festival of the same name, held at the Las Vegas Festival Grounds on Saturday May 13, 2023. The same venue recently held the emo-centric When We Were Young festival.

While no official announcement has been made, the posts seem to suggest that the six bands will be playing the festival. None of them have any gigs booked for the day of the show.

System Of A Down frontman Serj Tankian recently hinted at a big announcement involving the band. 

Speaking to radio host Kyle Meredith (opens in new tab), Serj said: “As of now, we haven’t talked about anything. We will be making an announcement about something next year that I can’t really tell you about. So there is that. But further than that, I can’t really say.”

Ironically, some of the teasing the event have mixed opinions of the ‘nu metal’ tag. Incubus frontman Brandon Boyd recently told Metal Hammer that the description “hurt my feelings.

No official announcement has been made about Sick New World.

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Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.