Inside the 2016 Gathering of the Juggalos. The full lineup for the Gathering of the Juggalos, Farmington Hills-based rap duo Insane Clown Posse's annual underground music festival, T has now been released via their irreverent Gathering infomercial, which has become a much beloved summer internet tradition.
Juggalos are group of fans of Insane Clown Posse or any other Psychopathic Records group. The Gathering of the Juggalos took place 7 times and there are setlists of 47 different artists so far. The big thing was some kid at Wendy's had FUCK ICP” on his nametag or something and a bunch of Juggalos jumped over the counter and beat his ass.
Historically, the Gathering of the Juggalos doesn't have the best reputation. Jason Shaltz, a photographer who has been a fan of Insane Clown posse since the mid-90s, will celebrate his 36th birthday at the Gathering of the Juggalos on Thursday. So New Times met up with him to get a few tips for first-timers and those looking to make the most of their experience at the Gathering of the Juggalos.
Forging their own alternative world, The Gathering of the Juggalos annually impels ICP's community of followers together in hajj, if only for the few days out of the year when the freak-rap duo's festival commandeers the Legends Valley grounds, this year on July 22 through July 26.
Like the previous year, hundreds of fans charged the main stage during Insane Clown Posse's performance. 8 Bubba Sparxxx was booed offstage and has since left a mark on future Gatherings, as acts sharing similar fates have been said to receive the "Bubba Sparxxx award." Esham announced at the event that The Strainger he had signed with Psychopathic Records.
When it comes to music festivals, there are your average festivals and there is The Gathering of the Juggalos Let's be honest about this. The festival was held for six years at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois before moving to Legend Valley, Ohio for three years. When I first went to the Gathering of the Juggalos , Insane Clown Posse's infamous yearly festival of arts and culture, I was five years younger and an unmarried man utterly fixated on his career.
The Gathering, on the other hand, seemed to be the perfect place for ICP to proselytize to the Juggalo masses about the march's importance, and why it's not just a natural and organic next step for the group—but an essential and inevitable phase in its evolution from widely, if not universally, maligned pop-culture punchlines to the politically engaged leaders of a fascinating and world-famous subculture.
There may have been a lot of people at The Gathering doing unwholesome and unfamily-friendly things, but they were his people and he trusted them instinctively, and that gave him the security to bring his daughter to a place that was borderline sacred to him.
I shouldn't feel like an astronaut, as I prepare to spend a long Friday orbiting the Gathering, but I do. I listen primarily to hip hop music, and I've been going to hip hop shows since I was 14 or 15. I've been subjected to "a lot of misogyny" in a concert space before, and I've also been called a bitch (not that I've responded to it well).
The 18th Gathering of the Juggalos — a music festival centered around the rap duo Insane Clown Posse — takes place Wednesday through Saturday at Lost Lakes Entertainment Complex, an amphitheater and water park that opened earlier this year about four miles east of downtown.
Juggalos however, are extremely resilient, and they did what they could to make the most of their time despite the obstacles they needed to overcome. Before Cave-in-Rock became home to the Gathering of the Juggalos, it had its own sordid past: outlaws more or less controlled the land here from the 1790s and into the 1890s.