If you’re heading out to Slipknot’s Knotfest next month, you’re going to be inundated with some amazing sights, some great sounds, and, well, the smell of shit. For serious. A press release about the festival states the following: “Knotfest has its own aroma that will infest your brain, body and clothes for days after the festival is over. Personally picked by Slipknot themselves, the smell of Knotfest will permeate the festival grounds. Oil drums will be filled with camel shit… set aflame to last the entire festival.”
OK then. You’re heading out to a festival so it’s headliner can basically pull the flaming bag of dog poop trick on you for three days? That’s interesting, to say the least, but not completely surprising coming from a band that has a song called “People =Shit.” Rolling Stone reached out to Slipknot, and some Clown (aka Shawn Crahan) responded, stating they’ve done it before:
We did the camel dung on the first Knotfest. It was awesome; it was beautiful,” Slipknot percussionist Shawn “Clown” Crahan tells Rolling Stone. “[Fans] came into the museum and they had to be hit with camel shit. A very distinct smell. You can’t huff it, but it’s got this smell. And it’s not necessarily the most comfortable thing, but its not necessarily the worst thing, it’s just remembering thoughts — it’s gonna be a reoccurring thing.”
He goes on to say that, unlike the press release states, the dung won’t be mixed with oil, but burned au natural “like we’re doing ribs,” over slow charcoal. They’re still not sure where they’re going to get the camel shit, but are assuming that it will come from a zoo. This means one thing – that there’s probably a poor intern at Slipknot’s management company that’s been tasked with finding out where to purchase camel shit.