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Slipknot cancel Knotfest Mexico performance over safety concerns

By | Published on Monday 2 December 2019


Slipknot cancelled their headline set at the Mexican edition of their Knotfest touring festival on Saturday due to safety concerns over a broken barricade. Subsequent vandalism, including stage equipment being set on fire, scuppered plans to move the performance to the next night.

Video footage from the event in Mexico City shows a barricade in front of the main stage being pushed down, with people then swarming through the gap it opened. As well as Slipknot, Evanescence also pulled their set. After this news reached the audience, some climbed on stage and took various items, including Evanescence drummer Will Hunt’s drum kit, which was then set on fire. There were various other acts of vandalism too.

In a statement on Sunday, Slipknot said: “Due to unforeseen circumstances, Slipknot were not able to perform at last night’s Knotfest. Security barricades became an issue, and it was decided that for the safety of the fans, neither Slipknot nor special guests Evanescence could take the stage”.

They went on: “We had hoped to be able to perform today, but regrettably, a situation arose onstage after the cancellation that damaged or destroyed gear that would have been necessary to play. We are extremely disappointed that we did not get the chance to perform, but the safety of our fans and our community is our biggest priority. We will look to get back to Mexico sometime in the future”.

The next stop for the band’s tour is Costa Rica on 4 Dec. They will be in the UK in January.