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Riots follow Slipknot and Evanescence cancellation at Mexico's Knotfest


Following Slipknot and Evanescence being forced to cancels their headline slots at Knotfest a terrible riot ensued. The carnage saw some of the bands’ equipment set on fire.

The festival in Mexico City had a stellar lineup including Papa Roach, Godsmack, Bullet For My Valentine and so many more. The festival was going off without a hitch until the Polish metal band Behemoth took to the stage.

As Fader reports, the band’s raucous set would see the stage barricades pushed down by the crowd. Once it was obvious that the organisers of the festival were unable to fix the issue Slipknot and Evanescence’s sets were cancelled amid safety fears.

The announcement would see the crowd go wild and begin to riot in frustration at losing their headline acts. Fans stormed the stage breaking equipment, which had been left on the stage even setting Evanescence’s drum kit ablaze.

Evanescence shared their apologies about the event via video message.”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,” lead singer Amy Lee said.

The band later took to their social media to share a further message, “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,” the statement read. “50,000 people were there, and sadly a handful of them turned to anger and violence after the cancellation.”

Slipknot also took to social media to share their thoughts on the incident, “We apologize profusely and hope you all understand. If anything were to happen to any of you, we wouldn’t forgive ourselves,” Slipknot wrote in a statement.

The rock legends had thought about performing at Sunday’s Force Fest to make up for the show but their equipment was too damaged. “We had hoped to be able to perform today, but regrettably, a situation arose on stage after the cancellation that damaged or destroyed gear that would have been necessary to play.”

You can see the footage of the incident and the posts below.