Slipknot’s Knotfest Japan Postponed To 2023

Slipknot’s Knotfest Japan has been postponed once again. The event is now set to take place on April 1–2, 2023. The following statement was issued:

“After thorough discussions and consideration by the organizers of Knotfest, Slipknot and their management, we must unfortunately report that Knotfest Japan 2020 will be rescheduled. The festival was previously scheduled for April 9th and 10th, 2022. We have come to this decision due to ongoing changes with coronavirus mandates in Japan and the uncertainty of how regulations of entry into Japan will stand in 2022. As we anticipate the indoor festival to draw large crowds of people, our first priority is to provide the safest environment for the fans, artists, staff and everyone involved.”

Slipknot Postpone Knotfest Brasil To 2022

Slipknot have officially postponed Knotfest Brasil due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event is now set to take place at the Anhembi Sambadrome in São Paulo, Brazil on December 18, 2022. The lineup will be revealed on August 17.

Wacken Open Air Festival Postponed To 2022

The Wacken Open Air Festival has been postponed once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event is scheduled to return on August 4-6, 2022.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“Dear Metalheads,

we would like to thank you for your great patience during the last weeks and months.

It is with a heavy heart that we have decided that Wacken Open Air cannot take place at the end of July this year. We therefore postpone the festival to 04.08. – 06.08.2022.

This decision was anything but easy for us, also because we know that you are already in the middle of the preparations and planning. Like we are, too.

We would like to take this opportunity to specifically thank the state of Schleswig-Holstein, the authorities and politicians for an extremely constructive and trusting cooperation. The step-by-step plan presented is an important sign that gives hope to many companies in our industry. And of course we want to thank you for your ongoing support.

For Wacken Open Air, however, the planned openings unfortunately will not arrive in time and, as always, the safety and health of everyone involved in the festival – fans, crew, artists and all residents of Wacken and the region – has absolute priority.

But at the same time we are sure of one thing: In August 2022 we will all make the Holy Ground shake again and enjoy our common passion together.

Of course, you will be able to easily rebook your tickets for the coming year. This process will most likely be possible from the middle of June.

We will inform you in due time about the options and procedures and kindly ask for your understanding that we will not be able to process any requests until then. But we promise you that we will respect your various wishes again.

Additionally, we can now reveal that we are currently working with the authorities to explore an idea for a new event in September 2021, to help with the restart of live music. Keep your fingers crossed for both of us so that the development will continue to be positive – stay tuned for more information and further news!

Thank you again for your patience, your loyalty and your support! More details on the different topics will follow as soon as possible. See you in Wacken

Your W:O:A-Crew”

Deadguy, Municipal Waste, Immolation, Etc. Added To 2021 “Decibel Metal And Beer Fest: Philly”

More bands have been added to the 2021 “Decibel Metal And Beer Fest” in Philadelphia, PA. That event will take place at The Fillmore on September 25-26 and the updated daily lineups can be found below:

September 25:

  • Napalm Death (“Harmony Corruption” and “Utopia Banished” set)
  • Municipal Waste
  • Deadguy (reunion set)
  • Midnight
  • Blood Incantation
  • Eternal Champion
  • Die Choking

September 26:

  • Converge (performing “Jane Doe” in full)
  • Pig Destroyer (performing “Prowler In The Yard” in full)
  • Immolation
  • Imperial Triumphant
  • Warhorse
  • Crypt Sermon
  • Teeth

25th Anniversary Edition Of Graspop Metal Meeting Postponed To 2022

The 25th anniversary edition of the Graspop Metal Meeting festival in Dessel, Belgium has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event is scheduled to return on June 16-19, 2022.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“We must announce that the 25th edition of Graspop Metal Meeting will not take place this year, and will now be hosted from 16 to 19 June 2022.

We would love nothing more than to welcome metalheads from all across the globe to Dessel this June but unfortunately that won’t be possible. The safety of visitors, crew and artists is always our primary concern. And we look forward to bringing GMM back better and stronger than ever in 2022! We will do our utmost to roll over as many bands as possible from the GMM2021 line-up to our 2022 edition. The full line-up will be announced at a later time.

Ticket holders will be contacted by Ticketmaster shortly. More details will follow as soon as they become available. All purchased tickets for GMM2021 will roll over to GMM2022. Our heartfelt thanks go out to all you fans out there who rolled over their ticket(s) from 2020 to 2021! Your unwavering loyalty and incredible support in these times are what keeps us going. We’ll get through this together and we hope you’ll join us in 2022.

We are still hoping to give you a taste of the GMM atmosphere in 2021 – and will share more details once we have clarity on the form this concept will be able to take on as the year progresses.

In the meantime, stay metal, stay safe & take care!


Maryland Deathfest Postponed To 2022

The Maryland Deathfest has been postponed once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place on May 26-29, 2022 in Baltimore, MD.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“MDF XVIII has been rescheduled again until 2022! The new dates are May 26-29, 2022.

There is an overload of information in this post, so please take a few minutes to read it all, as it will likely address most of the questions and concerns you may have.

At this point, we don’t think it’s necessary to go into great detail about why we had to reschedule the festival again. We’ve been updating you about this possibility for months, so we assume that most of you were expecting this news to be dropped. There is simply no chance that the festival can be staged in its proper form with the majority of the bands (or fans, for that matter) being able to even show up in a short 4 months. It is pretty clear that most, if not all of 2021, is needed for the world to sort itself out to the point that we can enjoy live events again.

The venue situation for 2022 is an ongoing project, but it’s starting to look like this could potentially turn into our largest format ever. As of yesterday, we can confirm that we are bringing back Edison Lot, both Rams Head and Soundstage feel like they’ll still be open in 2022, and we also have full use of the Power Plant complex, including the outdoor stage there. As of now, the options are plentiful and we plan to utilize all of the venues/stages mentioned above.

As for the bands that we booked in 2019 to play in 2020/2021, the majority of them have once again reconfirmed to play in 2022. Those who have not reconfirmed already and aren’t on the flyer shown here fall into one of the categories below.

Bands that need more time to know if they can play in 2022:
Bloodbath – We expect a final answer any day now, as soon as next week.
Negative Approach – We expect a final answer within a month.
Vio-lence – We expect a final answer in 4-6 months.
Coffins – We expect a final answer in 4-6 months.
Bands we haven’t received a reply from, so we don’t know what their status is:
Napalm Raid
Bands that definitely cannot play in 2022 and will need to be replaced:
Grave Desecrator
Blaze of Perdition

On the subject of bands, considering the outlook of a larger footprint and the inclusion of outdoor stages in 2022, we will have the space to book more bands on top of the few that need to be replaced. However, we can’t immediately dive into booking more bands, as we can’t already start throwing around offers to more bands after being completely kicked in the teeth financially by the pandemic over the last year. Eventually, about 20 additional bands will be booked.

The day of show for all originally confirmed bands remains the same.

We expect the lineup for the pre-fest at the Ottobar to remain the same, but we’ll follow up shortly to confirm that.
Important info regarding tickets:

– All tickets for 2020/2021 remain valid for the new dates in 2022. No further action is needed.

– If you can’t attend the new dates, tickets are transferable to others. If there is someone that you would like to transfer the ticket to, we can assist with that and email them a new PDF ticket.

– As another option for anyone that can’t attend the new dates, we can also issue a voucher valid for any future event of ours. These vouchers will have no expiration date and are also transferable to others.

Anyone that needs our assistance with the above options can send us a message here on Facebook or email

– For those of you who cannot attend the new dates and aren’t content with any of the above options, we will notify you in the coming months (most likely sometime in April) when it’s possible to request a refund for a certain period of time. Please keep in mind that we already issued refunds for a several month stretch between March-June. On top of that, we’ve been financially ravaged and lost a lot of unrecoverable money over the last year. There’s only so much we can do until we have some form of traction under our feet again, so we appreciate your patience until that time comes.

If you have a single day ticket or a 3-day pass for specific bands at Rams Head and any of those bands end up playing at Edison Lot instead, your ticket will be valid for both venues. In other words, you will still be able to access whichever venue is staging the band(s) that you bought tickets for.

All of the bands that were originally scheduled to play at Soundstage will remain at Soundstage.

This will become far less confusing as we move forward in the coming months and have the lineup finished and completely under control.

As we move forward, we need to get some tickets sold. Many people have been commenting that they will return to MDF if Edison Lot (or at least an outdoor element) is brought back, so here is your opportunity to return! Do note that once we reach the point of booking more bands, we will need to increase the cost of the 4-day pass by about $25-30. You can lock in a 4-day pass at the current price now until the price needs to be increased.

For now, only the 4-day pass is available. Once we patch up the lineup and finish booking bands, we’ll make all other ticket options available, including single day and 3-day pass options for Edison Lot, Rams Head and Soundstage.
Get a 4-day pass for MDF XVIII here:

We feel like there’s a pretty good chance that live shows will resume by fall 2021. If things start to loosen open and the live music industry shows a pulse in the second half of 2021, we will look at producing a MDF-related event in the fall at Rams Head and Soundstage to help hold you over until 2022. More info on this will come later if/when the possibility exists.

2022 will mark the 20th year of our existence, but no thanks to covid, it’ll only be the 18th edition. We will still be treating 2022 as a proper 20th anniversary and will do everything in our power to make it worth the wait. When all is said and done, it’s going to be one for the books.

We’ll follow up again soon once we hear back from a few of the originally scheduled bands that we’re waiting on a reply from. Shortly after that, you can expect approximately 20 more bands to be added to the lineup.”

“Decibel Metal And Beer Fest: Philly” Postponed To September

The “Decibel Metal And Beer Fest” in Philadelphia, PA has been postponed once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now take place on September 25-26 at The Fillmore and it will feature Converge (performing “Jane Doe”), Napalm Death (performing “Harmony Corruption” and “Utopia Banished”) and Pig Destroyer (performing “Prowler In The Yard“). Previously purchased tickets will be valid for the new dates and refunds are available through Live Nation.

Furnace Fest Postponed To September 2021

The upcoming Furnace Fest has been postponed once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event is now scheduled to take place on September 24-26, 2021 at the Sloss Furnaces in Birmingham, AL.

Organizers issued the following statement:

“Hi Furnace Fest family!

Thank you for being so patient with us as we continue monitoring developments over Covid vaccines and when life might start looking semi-normal, especially as it relates to large, lively gatherings.

To be sure that this one-time reunion happens when we can ALL feel great about attending, we’ve decided that pushing to the weekend of September 24-26, 2021 is both the wise and safer option.

We’re actively booking a lineup of 84 bands across three stages (hint: the third stage will be a “main” stage – nothing small about it), and we assure you that this lineup is going to blow you away.

Understandably, you’ll likely have questions regarding refunds as well as who all is confirmed. Feel free to leave any questions/thoughts/ideas/concerns/well-wishing here.

If you can be patient with us just a little longer, we’ll get through the holidays (and the most challenging year in recent memory) and update you come early 2021.

One thing is sure: we are looking forward to seeing you all this coming September, NOW MORE THAN EVER!”

Slipknot’s “Knotfest Japan” Postponed To 2022

Slipknot’s “Knotfest Japan” event has been postponed once again due to the coronavirus pandemic. The festival will now be held on April 9-10, 2022 at the Makuhari Messe International Exhibition in Chiba, Japan.

An official statement was shared on

“As a result of the ongoing situation with the coronavirus mandates in Japan and around the world, after thorough discussions with KNOTFEST organizers & Slipknot‘s concern for the safety of the fans, artists, staff and everyone involved, we regretfully announce the postponement of KNOTFEST JAPAN 2020 scheduled for January 10th 2021 and January 11th 2021 at Makuhari Messe.

We understand a second postponement is difficult news. Slipknot, their management, and our entire staff sincerely apologize for any inconveniences this has caused the fans that have been looking forward to the event.

The new show dates are as follows:

VENUE: Makuhari Messe International Exhibition Hall 9-11

Postponed to April 9th (Sat) 2022 ROADSHOW Doors 12:00pm / Start 2:00pm
ARTISTS: SLIPKNOT (Headliner) / and more…
*Doors / Start times are subject to change.

Postponed to April 10th (Sun) 2022 FESTIVAL Doors 9:00am / Start 11:00am
ARTISTS: SLIPKNOT (Headliner) / and more…
*Doors / Start times are subject to change.

For people who wish to keep their tickets, please store your purchased tickets in a safe place as they will be honored for the rescheduled dates.

For people who wish to receive a refund, ticket refunds will be available between 10:00AM on December 2nd (Wed) 2020 to 11:59PM on January 12th (Tue) 2021.

For details please refer to the ticketing company’s procedure with whom you purchased your ticket. Please apply for your refund during the refund period, as refunds will not be made after.

Refund period: 10:00AM on December 2nd (Wed) 2020 to 11:59PM on January 12th (Tue) 2021

Information regarding refunds for tickets by eplus and Lawson Ticket English ticket sites
Overseas customers that have ordered tickets from the Lawson Ticket and eplus English ticket sites will be sent an email (to the address registered at the time of purchase) explaining refund procedure.

Please apply for your refund during the refund period, as refunds will not be made after.

Refunds will be made to the credit card you used for your original purchase. Since the time it takes for refunds to be applied to your account can vary by company, we suggest that you check your credit card statement carefully.

We apologize for any inconveniences and appreciate your understanding.”

Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch, I Prevail, Etc. Set For 2021 Rebel Rock Festival

The Rebel Rock festival has been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The event will now be held at the Orlando Amphitheater at Central Florida Fairgrounds in Orlando, FL on September 24-26, 2021. There will also be a pre-party on September 23. Here’s the initial lineup: Limp Bizkit, Five Finger Death Punch, I Prevail, Skillet, Body Count, Sevendust, Motionless In White, Anti-Flag, DevilDriver, Cold, All That Remains, Escape The Fate, Suicide Silence, Brett Scallions (Fuel), Nonpoint, Attila, Finger Eleven, Miss May I, Carnifex, Stitched Up Heart, Light The Torch, Saul, Spite, Islander, Another Day Dawns, September Mourning, and Fame On Fire.