For the second consecutive weekend, the state of Illinois will play host to a major music festival.
Lollapalooza brought Foo Fighters, Eminem, Coldplay, and Muse to Chicago; the Gathering of the Juggalos will bring together hip-hop heavyweights like Ice Cube, Busta Rhymes, Lil Jon, Mystikal, and Paris, with a final Sunday night set by the festival’s founders and organizers, the Insane Clown Posse.
This is the 12th annual event for Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope, and what began as a simple showcase for the groups on their label has turned into a major yearly event. The duo, who often refer to themselves as “The World’s Most Hated Band,” have put together four days of everything that falls under the header of Juggalo culture, including music, carnival rides, professional wrestling, drinking, nudity, and, of course, seminars.
Part of the popularity of the Gathering lies in the infomercials the Clowns have created to promote the events; the clips are such a viral sensation that they have been parodied on Saturday Night Live at least three times.
While normal festival rules apply this weekend (stay hydrated, wear sunblock), there are a few extra survival tips that EW picked up when we caught up with J and Shaggy last week. If you’re planning on making the trip out to Cave-In-Rock, Illinois, this weekend, remember these simple pieces of advice: READ FULL STORY