The band was founded in 1995, in Des Moines, Iowa, by the percussionist Shawn Crahan, drummer Joey Jordison and bassist Paul Gray.
Following the release of their eponymous debut album in 1999, the band rapidly rose to success. The second album, Iowa, released in 2001, made the band more popular. Slipknot released Vol. 3: (The Subliminal Verses) in 2004, and All Hope Is Gone in 2008. After a long hiatus, Slipknot released its fifth studio album in 2014, .5: The Gray Chapter.
In 2019, the band will release their sixth studio album, followed by a world tour entitled We Are Not Your Kind.
Bologna Sonic Park is a rock festival which will take place for the first time in 2019, in June and July, in the Parco Nord area, in Bologna. Besides Slipknot, the lineup of the festival includes names like Amon Amarth, Testament, Skunk Anansie, Weezer, Greta Van Fleet and Bring Me the Horizon.
Arena Parco Nord is a natural amphitheatre located in Bologna, used primarily for open-air concerts. The closest bus station is Parco Nord, located about 80 meters away, on the bus Lines 25, 410 and 925.