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Slipknot festival to stink of camel shit

By | Published on Thursday 2 October 2014


Smells can bring back memories of a specific time and place. Which is why Slipknot have decided to ensure that their upcoming Knotfest festival in California has a distinct smell, so festival-goers will be transported back to the event whenever said smell re-enters their nostrils in the future. Unless the smell of burning camel dung happens to already be intrinsically linked to something else in anyone’s mind.

The band’s Shawn Crahan tells Rolling Stone how a Slipknot ‘museum’ set up at the first Knotfest in 2012 was made to smell of camel dung, explaining: “It was awesome; it was beautiful … 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 continues: “I write down things in life that are special, that only living in this thought process can you ever obtain. Freshly mowed grass. How it smells when a nice spring rain hits. Because of Iowa, I like being in a different state that doesn’t even have grass and think that I smell fresh-cut grass. It brings me home. Makes me feel safe… So, I figure, since we’re not a band anymore – we’re a culture, everybody needs to get used to that real quick – that the culture has to have a smell. You have to be able to be somewhere in the world, maybe be in a little pain, and then all of a sudden smell that and feel good again”.

And so, this year the whole site at Slipknot’s festival will have the ban… sorry culture’s distinct stink wafting over it. Get your tickets now, folks.