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Knotfest is a music festival created by American heavy metal band Slipknot. It was officially announced on June 4, 2012. Among the activities the festival offered as part of its "dark carnival experience" were circus big-top tents, pillars of fire, amusement park rides, burlesque performers, firebreathers, stilt walkers, drum circles made of junkyard cars and graffiti walls. The two shows also debuted a Slipknot museum. Knotfest has been organised in the USA, Japan, Mexico and Columbia.
Knotfest Mexico 2019
Evanescence were due to perform at Knotfest Mexico on November 30, 2019 on the Knot Stage prior to Slipknot. Unfortunately, due to security issues with the barricades, Evanescence and Slipknot's sets were cancelled for the safety of the band and the fans. This news did not go down well, and unfortunately some of the festival attendees jumped over the barrier, got on stage, and destroyed some of Evanescence's equipment - including burning Will Hunt's drums.
The band posted an apology video to their Instagram account.
|Mexico City, we are so, so disappointed that we didn't get our chance to play for you tonight at Knotfest. The last couple of bands didn't get to play because of a safety issue with the barricades and it wasn't something that could be fixed. We are so sorry. We love you so much. We were waiting there, just like you, hoping that we would get our chance, but it didn't work out tonight. I don't know how, but somehow we are going to make it up to you. We love you so much. We'll see you next time.|
After the devastation of their equipment being damaged, they posted another statement, this time on their Facebook page.
|Even though we are devastated by the destruction of our instruments and gear, we do not see the violent end to last night as a representation of our Mexican fans, or the Mexican people. 50,000 people were there, and sadly a handful of them turned to anger and violence after the cancellation. You have shown us an incredible amount of love from the very beginning, and we will always come back for you.|
The incident at the festival partly inspired the concept of The Chain's music video, which was filmed a few days afterwards.