This year’s performers include ICP, Busta Rhymes, Ice Cube, Bobby Brown, Paul Wall, Lil Jon, Xzibit, George Clinton, Vanilla Ice, Saliva, Twiztid, ABK, MC Hammer, CKY, Paris, E-40, Tech N9ne, DJ Quik, Mastamind, Mystikal, Juvenile, Kottonmouth Kings, dark Lotus, Hed PE, Kittie, Blaze, Boondox, Dayton Family, Prozak and Dope.

To hold true to the Juggalo Gathering’s promise of 24-hour action for four days straight, numerous outrageous events and activities have been planned including: JCW matches, Ms. Juggalette contest, carnival rides, Violent J’s Prince vs. Michael Jackson BBQ, Faygo Wet T-Shirt contest, midway games, 3 way DJ Battle between Shaggy 2 Dope/Mike E. Clark/DJ Clay, autograph signings, karaoke, seminars, Lovetrain, free style contest, Hogdaddy’s Hellfire, WFuckOff Radio live, sideshows, ABK’s Wake and Bake BYO Breakfast Bash, among others.

Violent J, who is joined in ICP by Shaggy 2 Dope, spoke to SoundSpike about the Gathering, why it’s so difficult to be a Juggalo and the duo’s forthcoming album.

Are you looking forward to the Gathering of the Juggalos?

Violent J: Yep, yep, yep. I’m just hoping I can hold out, that my voice can hold out. It’s funny because at the Gathering, the last couple days, everybody’s missing their voice. The only thing that sucks is we’re the very last official event of the Gathering. We have to have good voices. Yet it’s total chaos. It’s not only because you’re yelling all weekend and doing several concerts and several different shows, it’s also because of the heat, you’re up all night, you’re partying, you’re smoking trees, everything that adds to you losing your voice. I think the positive side of it is I think Juggalos understand that if you sound a little bit like shit. [They say,] “Dang, because I don’t have a voice either.”

It sounds like it’s a lot of fun.

Crazy, insane, ludicrous fun.