The Ozzy/Slipknot special event is surreal to say the least. On the heels of separation rumors, Sharon Osbourne was the first person out
The event starts with Jose Mangin introducing Sharon Osbourne and she introduces Ozzy, Geezer Butler and Slipknot's Clown and Corey Taylor. Sharon said "twenty years ago, we realized there was no one supporting music the way these guys do." Sharon mentioned this was the 20th anniversary of the event, and many of the years Slipknot performed at the event. Slipknot also launched their own fest, Knotfest. Sharon goes on to say "We decided, why not merge the two fests together. Ozzfest meets Knotfest." The crowd went wild. Invited up were David Draiman, Scott Ian, Jamey Jasta and Dave Lombardo, Zakk Wylde and Jill Janus of Huntress, Suicide Silence vocalist Eddie Hermida
Ozzfest is Saturday, Sep 24 headlined by Black Sabbath and Sept 25 is Knotfest.
The full list of bands is Black Sabbath, Disturbed, Megadeth, Opeth, Black Label Society, Huntress, Death Cross, Municipal Waste, Kataklysm, Nails and then Slipknot, Slayer, Sabaton, Suicide Silence, Emmure, Butcher Babies, Whitechapel, Combichrist, Oni
Tickets on sale next Friday. Special pre-sale tomorrow at this link. Full info at OzzfestMeetsKnotfest.com.
Here is the full flyer:
Here is some video footage of the opening moments of the press conference:
Update: Here is the full press release:
OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST
MIND-BLOWING DOUBLE-HEADER WEEKEND
SET FOR SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 24 (OZZFEST)
AND SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25 (KNOTFEST)
AT SAN MANUEL AMPHITHEATER AND FESTIVAL GROUNDS
IN SAN BERNARDINO, CA
TICKETS GO ON SALE
FRIDAY, MAY 20 AT 10:00 AM (PT) AT
OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST…the ultimate meeting of metal minds…a double-header music and lifestyle weekend like no other on the planet.
This merger of two of the most well-known and established brands in rock–OZZFEST, celebrating its 20th anniversary, and KNOTFEST, which debuted in 2012–is set for Saturday, September 24 (OZZFEST) and Sunday, September 25 (KNOTFEST) at San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds in San Bernardino, CA. Tickets for the Live Nation-produced OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST–a multi-stage, two-day weekend camping event with more than 40 acts–go on sale Friday, May 20 at 10:00 AM (PT) at OZZFEST.COM and KNOTFEST.COM. All the details and line-ups (below) were revealed at a major press conference today (Thursday, May 12) at the Palladium in Hollywood, CA.
Saturday's OZZFEST will be headlined by Black Sabbath–marking their last Southern California performance as part of the band's final tour–and Sunday's KNOTFEST bill is topped by the festival's namesake, Slipknot. On hand at the press conference were OZZFEST founder Ozzy Osbourne and Slipknot's Corey Taylor and M. Shawn Crahan (aka Clown). The event began with a movie screening, followed by a Q&A session with artists from the OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST bill and concluded with a performance from Zakk Sabbath, led by Zakk Wylde.
"We are here to create havoc and history," says Ozzy Osbourne. "Let the madness begin…"
"This could be the one of the coolest things I've ever been a part of," says Corey Taylor of Slipknot. "Starting out as an Ozzfest band, coming into our own with Knotfest and now combining forces to make a little metal history…it was meant to be and I'm proud to be a part of it."
"Playing with Black Sabbath is always an honor,"Shawn "Clown" Crahan of Slipknot exclaims. "Merging both festivals will be a legendary experience that will be life-changing for all fans. We are excited to bring all the families together again."
"We want it to be the loudest, biggest, dirtiest festival in California. We couldn't be happier," says Sharon Osbourne.
"The impact of Ozzfest on heavy music and on Slipknot, cannot be underestimated," says Cory Brennan, President, 5B Artist Management. "For 20 years Ozzfest has given fans their first glimpse at bands like Slipknot, Disturbed and countless others, but also bringing new fans and bands together every year. Ozzfest inspired Slipknot to continue this vital tradition with Knotfest, and it's an honor to celebrate our genre alongside them in 2016."
The San Manuel Amphitheater and Festival Grounds is where OZZFEST–the event that launched the U.S. hard rock festival market and went on to tour the world–began in 1996 and where KNOTFEST last year took over the San Bernardino, CA venue and expanded into a camping festival. There's also a longtime history between the two namesakes of the events, with Slipknot appearing at OZZFEST in 1999, 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2013 at the inaugural OZZFEST Japan.
The OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST 2016 line-up is as follows, with both OZZFEST and KNOTFEST dedicating a stage in honor of their departed comrade Lemmy Kilmister of Motörhead.
Saturday, September 24
Black Label Society
Children of Bodom
NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE
Sunday, September 25
Man with A Mission
NUCLEAR BLAST STAGE
Beyond the music, each day OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST festival-goers will encounter a wide variety of attractions throughout the expansive site. Initial onsite daily activities include a Monster Truck Arena, Carnival Thrill Rides, Massive Fire Displays, Flaming Carnival Games, The Thunderdome Battle Arena, an 85 Person Traveling Troupe of Freaks, a Carnival Midway with Games of Chance, Vendor Village, Food Trucks and Craft Beer, with 50 Foot Tall x 75 Foot Wide Image-Mapped Video Walls flanking the Main Stage, with more exciting developments to be announced in the coming months.
A variety of OZZFEST MEETS KNOTFEST ticketing and camping packages are available. Single day tickets range from $25.00 for GA lawn to $39.50-$149.50 for reserved seats, with GA pit passes starting at $99.00 for Sunday and $149.00 Saturday. Weekend passes range from $40.00 for GA lawn to $69.00-$239.00 for reserved seats, and $239.00 for GA pit passes. VIP packages start at $249.00 for VIP Lounge; options include the Ultimate Slipknot VIP Experience at $1,000.00, the Black Sabbath M&G Package at $1250 and the Ultimate Ozzy Osbourne Experience at $2500. Camping selections include Tent Camping for $150.00 and RV Camping for $250.00. Additional details on camping and ticketing options can be found at OZZFEST.COM and KNOTFEST.COM.
Sharon is onstage introducing Ozzy, Geezer, Corey Taylor and Clown. pic.twitter.com/iawI5t6d1V
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Corey Taylor explaining how the festival came about pic.twitter.com/rLicxdhHZ0
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