February 13, 2014 at 9:41 am

Gathering of the Juggalos will have to move after complaints over Insane Clown Posse's fans

Confetti is released over the crowd for the grand finale of Insane Clown Posse's performance on the last night of the Gathering of the Juggalos near in Cave-In-Rock, Ill. on Aug. 11, 2012. (Joel Hawksley / The Southern)

After finding a new place to call home, the Gathering of the Juggalos is now once again on the move.

This year’s Insane Clown Posse fan festival was set to unfold Aug. 6-9 at Harlequin Park in Kaiser, Mo., but has pulled out of the site due to complaints from the surrounding community. A letter posted on the festival’s website explains the negative reaction from the FBI’s branding of Insane Clown Posse’s fans as a gang coupled with media reports from the Gathering angered residents and forced owners of the campgrounds to withdraw from the event.

Tickets for the festival went on sale earlier this month, and full refunds will be given to those who purchased them, according to the post. Psychopathic Records is working to find a new location to hold the festival and already has several sites in mind, the letter says.

“We are now hard at work to make sure there is a new location locked in soon and even as the forces that be continue to oppress us and try to thwart the Juggalo community at every turn… we will endure,” the letter reads.

Kaiser, which is located in the central Missouri, about a three-hour drive west of St. Louis, was to be the first new site for the Gathering of the Juggalos since its seven year stint at Hogrock Campground in Cave-in-Rock, Ill. When announcing the new location, a post on ICP’s website boasted of amenities not readily found at the remote Cave-in-Rock. “CELL PHONE RECEPTION! NEARBY HOTELS! NEARBY STORES! ACTUAL (expletive deleted) CIVILIZATION!” an all-caps announcement read.

The Gathering of the Juggalos draws about 10,000 fans annually. Previous sites include Garrettsville, Ohio, Peoria, Ill., Pataskala, Ohio, and Toledo. The first Gathering of the Juggalos was held at the Novi Expo Center in 2000.

Last year’s event was marred by financial issues after several vendors complained they weren’t paid for their services. The amount owed exceeded $300,000, one vendor told reporters at the conclusion of last year’s fest. The overdose death of one fan on-site also led to negative coverage.

Insane Clown Posse is currently in the process of suing the Justice Department and the FBI over its classification of the band’s fans as a gang.

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