Report: Gathering of the Juggalos Cancelled, Faygo Prices Fall Below Crude Oil
The 2020 edition of the ‘Gathering of the Juggalos’ festival has been cancelled, ending a twenty consecutive-year run. Originally scheduled for August 5-8 at Nelson Ledges Quarry Park in Garrettsville, Ohio, the gathering has been postponed until 2021.
“It is with a heavy heart we announce that due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have no choice but to postpone the Gathering until next year,” the organisers said in a statement via twitter. “The bottom line is simply that we REFUSE to risk even ONE Juggalo life by hosting a Gathering during these troubling times.”
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— Insane Clown Posse (@icp) April 22, 2020
Since its inception in 2000, the most important day on the Juggalo calendar has featured guest performances from the likes of Ice Cube, Danny Brown, and Vanilla Ice, regularly drawing crowds exceeding 5000. For the uninitiated, Juggalos are fans of the horrorcore group Insane Clown Posse and are known for their penchant for wearing clown face paint, drinking Faygo, and their trademark greeting: “Whoop-Whoop”. Juggalos are also not unfamiliar with the long arm of the law, having been classified as a violent street gang by the FBI and the National Gang Intelligence Center. However, despite their explicit endorsement of violence, most Juggalos are law abiding citizens and many are involved in charity work such as The Juggalo Cleanup Crew’s Dead Stephanie Memorial Cleanup.
Invoking the words of Fred Fury and Flip the Rat, ICP members Violent J and Shaggy 2 Dope shared their well-wishes with fans: “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 fuck we’d be?” before ending with an obligatory “Whoop-Whoop!”
The Gathering is the latest in a slew of festivals to be cancelled as a result of COVID-19, following the likes of Burning Man, Dekmantel, and Inner Varnika.
More to come.