Slipknot Music Festival Will Smell Like Camel Shit. By Design, Actually

It’s almost time for Knotfest, a three-day Slipknot-run music festival in San Bernardino. Along with an interesting line-up of performers, the event will have a particular smell: burning camel shit. I quote from Rolling Stone:

“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.”

Um, what?

Slipknot hope the smell will be conducive to creating a community through olfactory memory, a gesture that recalls a more hardcore version of Marcel Proust’s “episode of the madeline.” 

Er, okay…

Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 30+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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