Inside the 2016 Gathering of the Juggalos. Some had held tickets for months, yet were forced to wait in an endless line for the wristband that proves they have that ticket in order to get past the hallowed gates of Legend Valley, the concert shed in southern Ohio that is hosting the 16th annual Gathering.
The campground's owners cited a backlash from local residents, who began to, according to a post on the Gathering's website , "raise hell," particularly due to the duo's recent lawsuit against the FBI for classifying Juggalos, the name given to fans of Insane Clown Posse, as a gang.
Described by Violent J as a "Juggalo Woodstock", 1 the Gathering of the Juggalos spans four days and includes concerts, wrestling, games, contests, autograph sessions, and seminars with artists. On April 11, 2017, announced that GOTJ18 will be held in Oklahoma City , Oklahoma at the Lost Lakes Amphitheater on July 26th through July 29th.
The Gathering of the Juggalos—the wild, weird, hedonistic, and anarchic celebration of clown love for the horrorcore rap duo Insane Clown Posse—spent its 18th year in Oklahoma City over the weekend, and we managed to get a front row tent to all of the action.
Added Scott Donihoo, aka ScottieD, who runs the Juggalo news site and has become the Walter Cronkite of Juggalo happenings, There are more first-timers here than I have seen before.” This from a guy who's never missed a Gathering. A Juggalette expresses the universally held sentiment toward Oklahoma at this year's Gathering.
At the seminar tent, Violent J assured Juggalos that while the owner of the venue (Lost Lakes Auditorium) was, in Juggalo parlance, a down-ass ninja psyched to host the Gathering; however, the head ninja at the Oklahoma police department bought into the hype about Juggalos being a violent, anarchic gang whose rallies, like the Gathering, are marked with bloodshed, fatalities and rampant criminality.
This was the final time the event was held at Cave-In-Rock. The group's Gathering of the Juggalos festival is no longer coming to Colorado. The lack of drugs and naked boobs weren't the only bummers for Juggalos. Fans come adorned with Hatchet-man tattoos, baggy hoodies, wallet chains, and ICP clown makeup, sometimes applied with actual spray paint.
The father homeschooled his daughter and talked about his dream of there someday being a family section of the Gathering, a place more kid and family-friendly and less full of people loudly selling drugs, sometimes through a bullhorn and with signs as accompaniments.
No, they came to see what Juggalos approvingly describe as 'œthe wicked shit,' the kind of bloody, gothic 'œhorrorcore' espoused by Insane Clown Posse and its acolytes and protÃ©gÃ©s. Thousands of "wicked clowns" are set to descend on northeast Oklahoma City this week and not everybody is laughing.
They definitely get a bad rap,” said Tori Morgan, who has bright pink hair and is attending her first-ever Gathering in Oklahoma City. Vanilla Ice partied with Juggalos onstage for half his set, as did Insane Clown Posse, who ended a riveting closing set with Down with the Clown,” the ultimate anthem of Juggalo pride and Juggalo unity.
Instead, it features more than a dozen interviews with Juggalos enjoying each other's company, many of them Ian Stuart ingesting drugs or alcohol, and several of them at least partly nude. He hopes fans bond with Oklahoma City like they did with Ohio. "A lot of Juggalos have stickers on their car.