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Insane Clown Posse announces Gathering of the Juggalos festival lineup

for Journal Register Newspapers

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Detroit's Insane Clown Posse will be joined by George Clinton & Parliament Funkadelic, Cheech & Chong, Three 6 Mafia, the Geto Boys, Soulful, Static X and more at its 13th annual Gathering of the Juggalos Aug. 8-12 in Cave-In-Rock, Ill.

The rap duo announced the lineup for the five-day affair -- one day longer than previous Gatherings -- with a 23-minute video at its official web site, portraying the festival as a refuge from a zombie infestation that's taken over the world. "We're stepping up," says the group's Violent J (real name Joe Bruce). "There's more rock than we ever had, and a lot of...rap."

His partner Shaggy 2 Dope (Joe Utlser) adds that, "It's just us trying to switch the flavor up, see what works, keep it something new. We try to do that every year. You can't just give 'em the same thing."

Other rockers performing at the Gathering include P.O.D., Mushroomhead, Rehab, Hed Pe and Zug Island, while the rap lineup includes fellow Detroiter Danny Brown, Master P, Tech N9ne, Kottonmouth Kings, The Game, DMX, Slaine, Mack 10, Kool Keith, Onyx, Prozak and the full lineup from ICP's own Psychopathic Records label. The pop duo the Millionaires and the Michael Jackson tribute group Who's Bad? will also perform.

Violent J will host a West Side Party show featuring Lil Eazy and Warren G, among others, while Shaggy 2 Dope's Beast of the East will feature Raekwon, the Fat Boys, Rahzel and Biz Markie. Psychopathic duo Twitztid is also hosting a Dirty Dirty Party during the Gathering.

ICP -- which drops its next album, "The Mighty Death Pop," on Aug. 14 -- has also decided to move its performance to Saturday night (Aug. 11) rather than its traditional Sunday night slot. "There's still (stuff) going on Sunday, but this gives Juggalos and even curious spectators a chance to see us and then pack up and leave Sunday if they have to get back to work on Monday, y'know?"

Cheech & Chong will headline the festival's expanded comedy tent, which will also host performances by Ralphie May, Jamie Kennedy and more. A full lineup of ICP's JCW wrestling is also slated, as well as a Miss Juggalette contest.

Tickets for the Gathering and other details can be found at www.juggalogathering.com.

Web Site: www.juggalogathering.com

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