Thousands of heavy metal fans have hit the mosh pit in wild outfits for Knotfest.
Revelers packed Centennial Park in Sydney’s inner east on Saturday for the festival headlined by heavy metal legends Slipknot.
The 2023 lineup for the festival also includes genre heavyweights Parkway Drive, Megadeath, Trivium and Swedish heavy metal staple Amon Marth.
The internationally touring festival touched down in Melbourne on Friday for the first of its three Australian legs.
Among the thousands was Married at First Sight star Jesse Bufford, who was one of many black-clad attendees for the event and enjoyed a quick meal before the main acts performed.
Old School Cool!: Double denim, mullets and Converse are back on the menu for heavy metal fans at Knotfest in East Sydney
These boots were made for moshing: Knotfest attendees stormed the festival grounds at 11:30 a.m. for the opening act, Malevolance
Heavy metal circus! Fans dressed in their most acceptable heavy metal garb for Knotfest in Centennial Park in Sydney’s inner east on Saturday.
Peace to the world: Heavy metal fans have been waiting for the festival, created by heavy metal legends Slipknot, since its inception in 2012 and touring the world since
This Trivium trio were just some of the many fans who wore gear from their favorite bands to the event on the second of three legs of the Australian Knotfest tour.
Many festival-goers dressed in their favorite band merchandise for the event, while others paid tribute to the musicians’ personalities.
An attendee dressed in a clown mask, much like Slipknot’s Shawn Crahan, who wears a clown mask on stage and goes by the stage name ‘The Clown’.
Another fan wore a Jesus Christ costume, nodding to stereotypes that heavy metal is satanic.
Many revelers dressed entirely in black for the occasion, many wearing leather boots and sporting large tattoos.
Other excited fans were seen giving the classic ‘hand horns’ symbol as they entered the festival.
Wear Your Heart On Your Chest: While some fans went wild, others chose to go back to basics harking back to the Riot Grrrl era of punk rock in the ’90s.
Tellytubbys’ Tinky-Winky and company were some of the most colorful attendees to perform at the festival in eastern Sydney.
The ‘hand horns’ symbol has been a staple of the heavy metal scene since its inception and was not lost on Knotfest.
Pladway Drive!: Plad’s outfits have been massive at Knotfest
Knotfest was first announced in mid-2012, backing up the promise of a “dark carnival experience” complete with circus tents, amusement park rides, and drum circles made of junk cars.
Since then, the festival has toured every year to countries around the world, including Japan, Mexico, Colombia, Finland, Germany, France, Brazil, Chile, and Argentina.
He has also played onstage for a myriad of the biggest names in the genre, including Marilyn Manson, Korn, and Deftones.
Brisbane is the next and final stop on the Australian tour on Saturday.
Married At First Chip: Jesse Bufford of MAFS fame was photographed as one of thousands dressed in black for the festival and pictured enjoying a quick meal before the main acts perform.
Color in a Sea of Black: Dyed hair and a neon skeleton print shirt would set these attendees apart from the crowd.
Communication is Key!: Walkie-talkies are close at hand for this duo who use gear from 8-piece heavy metal band Slipknot, who have long been a cornerstone of the genre.
Are You Receiving Me?: As thousands stream onto the festival grounds, phone reception is sure to wreak havoc with attendees trying to find their mates.