Down under Maggots! Slipknot have announced the first Australian Knotfest

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Slipknot are taking the Knotfest Roadshow down under for the first time. The band are set to play three shows in Australia in next year, kicking off at the Melbourne Flemington Racecourse on March 24, before heading to Sydney and Brisbane on the following days. Full details below.

Joining Slipknot in Oz will be a stellar line-up of names, with local talent provided by Parkway Drive, Northlane, Alpha Wolf and Void of Vision, with international acts Megadeth, Trivium, Amon Amarth, In Flames, Knocked Loose, Spiritbox, Story Of The Year, Bad Omens and Malevolence completing the line-up. 

"Australians have been nothing but family to us from day one,” percussionist Clown tells NME. "Some of the greatest memories in my life come from roaming around Australia – that’s why we try to get there on every album cycle. And Knotfest is dangerous, man… But that’s why we’re taking it down under right now. We’re here to burn down your brainwashed philosophy, you know? The bottom line is that the good people of where you’re from need this philosophy."

Tickets will go on general sale on November 7 at 9am AEDT. There will also be a Knotfest Premium members pre-sale on November 3 at 8am AEDT, swiftly followed by an early bird pre-sale an hour later. Tickets will be available via the Knotfest Australia website, where fans can register to access pre-sale codes.

Slipknot, who finished a run of US dates earlier this month, will head to Central and South America before the end of the year for a series of shows. They'll follow the Australian roadshow with two Knotfest dates in Japan, and are already scheduling dates in next summer's European festival calendar. Full dates below.

At the weekend, Corey Taylor seemingly suggested that the band would be returning to the UK in June to headline Download Festival.  

Slipknot tour dates

Dec 03: Toluca Hell And Heaven Festival, Mexico
Dec 05: Zapopan Calle 2, Mexico
Dec 08: Villa Crespo MoviStar Arena, Argentina
Dec 11: Santiago Knotfest, Chile
Dec 15: Rio de Janeiro Jeunesse Arena, Brazil
Dec 18: Sāo Paulo Knotfest, Brazil
Mar 24: Melbourne Flemington Racecourse, Australia
Mar 25: Sydney Centennial Park, Australia
Mar 26: Brisbane RNA Showgrounds, Australia
Apr 01: Chiba-City Knotfest, Japan
Apr 02: Chiba-City Knotfest, Japan
Jun 07: Nickelsdorf Nova Rock, Austria
Jun 08: Hradec Rock For People, Czechia
Jun 10: Interlaken Greenfield Festival, Switzerland

Slipknot Knotfest Australia poster

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