Amid all the trials and tribulations of the past year and change, it seems one industry has truly beat the odds, surviving the pandemic in all of its mildly-terrifying, face-painted notoriety: The Insane Clown Posse industrial complex. Grab your Faygo, hatchet man accessories, and leave your decorum at the door, folks -- after taking a Covid-19-precaution-induced hiatus, the band's annual festival, The Gathering of the Juggalos is officially back on this year, a welcome development to those skaters whose drank nothing but Monster and the now-banned 4Loko throughout the early 20-teens, Michiganders, and spider-leg hairstyle enthusiasts alike.

Taking place from August 19-21 at Legend Valley in Thornville, Ohio, the group dropped the event's lineup earlier this week, promising performances from ICP themselves (of course) Vanilla Ice, and in a strange twist of events, actually critically-acclaimed hip hop artist, Danny Brown, as well as Steve-O from Jackass, and To Catch a Predator host, Chris Hanson, who will be hosting a seminar (presumably about the ever-useful skill of catfishing extremely creepy men online).

Throughout the past year and change, ICP has always reiterated its dedication to safety in these trying times, a notion evident from its social media statement in April 2020 announcing the cancellation of the event. “The bottom line is that we REFUSE to risk even ONE Juggalo life by hosting a Gathering during these troubling times,” the duo explained, making several fans question if they had inadvertently stumbled across the Twitter account for Reasonable Clown Posse. “In closing, we want everyone to heed the words of Fred Fury and Flip the Rat: ‘BE SAFE: Watch your step and take it easy. You can’t replace what you mean to our team. Without you, tell me where the f*** we’d be," they continued. 

So folks, even amid all this uncertainty, there is one thing we know for sure – come hell or high water, the Juggalos will gather, as long as it is safe to do so. 

Top Image: Sulley DC, Wikimedia Commons

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