Top 5 things to know before attending an Insane Clown Posse show – plus a look at ICP & Attila in Dallas.
What should someone that has never been to an Insane Clown Posse (ICP) show know? You could let your imagination run wild, or you could read reviews like this one that will tell you everything you need to know about going to see this legendary band and whoever they have riding in their sidecar on any given tour date. This is from the stop at Gas Monkey Live! in Dallas, Texas!.
Top 5 things you need to know before attending an ICP Show:
- If you suffer from coulrophobia, you might not want to attend an Insane Clown Posse show. The word “clown” in the band’s name does not refer to actions of the posse. Insane Clown Posse could be considered a double entendre, however, the word “clown” is literal and not open to interpretation. There are clowns present, on stage, right in front of you. Scary clowns at that. You have been warned.
- Find a Juggalo or Juggalette to go with you to the show; especially if it is your first time seeing this band live. However, do not think that going with a Juggalo or Juggalette will afford you anything but possibly answers to some of your most basic questions. For example, “What is that they’re spraying out from those bottles and why is it all over me?” They will tell you it’s Faygo, an ICP soda that is shaken up and spewed out into the audience like blind, cartoon firefighters trying to put out an ember somewhere in the audience. But they will not tell you prior to the show that you will be sprayed, however.
- Be prepared to start your ICP experience early in the morning the day of the show if you are going with a diehard fan or long-time Juggalo/Juggalette. Juggla-lating (similar to tailgating at a sporting event) is a very popular activity at ICP shows and areas that have a high concentration of fans consider this part of the ritual of going to an ICP show which includes fans hanging out, enjoying the fellowship of the other members of the family, and some might even paint your face for this event, feed you, and bring you current on all of the happenings within the ICP Camp or Juggalo Family.
- The “Whoop Whoop” sound made by Juggalos/Juggalettes is not a mating call, feed bell, or a noise made to rally other Juggalos in the vicinity to begin or end any given illegal activity. If you want to know what it means, good luck because the two words have a very broad meaning. One fan said, “It means different things at different times. You get it when you get it. You won’t if you don’t.” If by the end of the night you’re returning the “Whoop whoop” call that other concert goers yell out, congrats are in order because you might have just become a Juggalo/Juggalette. Don’t be disappointed if you expect to receive a membership card or sticker or even a t-shirt and do not. You become a Juggalo/Juggalette when you say so, not when someone else deems you as such. Being a Juggalo/Juggalette means that you are family within the fans of not only ICP but other bands that are on the Psychopathic Record label, if you choose to be, that is. Being a Juggalo/Juggalette is simply an extension of feelings introduced by ICP in their lyrics dealing with various social/economic issues that span throughout their 30-year history.
- Going to an ICP show does not make you subject to gang activity or criminal mischief. In fact, the belief that the Juggalo Family is a gang similar to the Crips or the Bloods is highly suspect. Coining this large group of people that loosely identify with the ideology of Shaggy 2 Dope and Violent J as a “gang” because they have tattoos and wear clothing that has a logo of the band’s record label on it, is about as far fetched as fans that follow the band Phish or The Grateful Dead around. The thought that if people gather in numbers becomes too dangerous for those that do not gather in the same group, seems far-fetched and more could be said about the dangers of those thoughts. There isn’t any initiation or there isn’t any designated tattoo that you are required to get. No biker jackets with top and bottom colors or rockers that must be worn at all times. If at the end of the night you wish to dub yourself a Juggalo or Juggalette, you simply are. You don’t have to tell anyone or get permission or so something criminal or dangerous. You are because you say you are. That’s it. Oh, and when you don’t want to be one anymore, you just aren’t. Just ask Vanilla Ice, he’ll tell you.
ICP is an event, not just a concert. The followers of this iconic band do not take an ICP show lightly. These fans are so unique they have been coined (or coined themselves) as Juggalos and Juggalettes and they are very serious about supporting ICP and the other bands on an ICP bill. These fans subscribe to a way of life that extends far beyond the floor of a concert. In Dallas, fans started gathering in the parking lot at Gas Monkey Live! at 9:00 AM for a full day of hanging out with other followers and fans.
Clearly, from an ICP show, any music fan from any genre can see where this group and their over 30 years of longevity has made an imprint on the music industry. This is a band that, in their beginning, took the adversity regarding their music flip-flopped it around to become one of the most sought-after live shows in rock and hip-hop, even in 2018. What is incredible about ICP is the band has over 10 RIAA certifications and 23 recorded albums. With all of this material, it might seem difficult to satisfy all the fans, new and old. However, in Dallas, the entire set was met with screaming fans wanting more no matter what song was played.
Attila’s performance as main support for ICP geared fans up in only what can be described as “Fronzilla Style”. Along with his band of brothers, this four-piece ransacked the stage, giving audiences a pummelling set full of songs from their most recent record Chaos. While Attila may be on the upswing in their career, they certainly perform like newcomers to the stage because rarely do you find any of them without a smile or the look of bewilderment in their expressions. When a band can still go out and play like it’s their first show after being on tour for a few weeks, it makes for an impressive show.
Frontman Chris Fronzak aka “Fronz” takes the glory of rap-like, spoken lyrics to new heights combining these words with the heaviest riffs, beats, and lows played by guitarist Chris Linck and bassist Kalan Blehm. The energy possessed by Attila can create a spark for any music fan. Fans love Attila for the carefree attitude of the music that spawns an empowering sense of will to those watching. Lyrically not for everyone because of curse words and lude phrasing, if you read between the lines, you will find a very important and palpable message; be who you are, don’t apologize for being you, do what makes you happy, and be willing to accept responsibility for being yourself are just a few that make their way out of many of the songs of Attila.
Originally billed with hed(pe) appearing, many Dallas fans were disappointed that the band wasn’t appearing. (Not to worry hed(pe) fans, they’ll be back in Dallas in May at Trees!) But despite the no-show, there was a ton of talent to watch. Honestly, with 15 minute set times for the other bands, it was hard for a fan to know where one ended and the other began, but the crowd was entertained despite that. Standing out was the band SYLAR that slayed the audience with some enthralling metal-rock with a bump music. Definitely look for more from these guys, for sure!
If you were one of the fans that arrived at 9 AM for the full day’s offerings, by the end of ICP’s set, you got your money’s worth and then some. After ICP left the stage and the house lights went up, fans left the floor area satisfied and with smiling faces. Sticky, smiling faces – some of which were smeared with their Juggalo or Juggalette painted on faces, but smiling all the same.
Slamfest 2018 continues touring and dates and cities can be found on the bands’ websites or social media outlets.
Event Date: 18-MAR-2018