Insane Clown Posse review – horrorcore's amiable uncles throw a cathartic carnival

Riverside, Newcastle
Juggalos donned their makeup and descended on Tyneside to drink in a soda-soaked show that veered between creepy, poignant and nihilistically hilarious

Controversy seems to follow Insane Clown Posse around. The Detroit “horrorcore” duo have seen albums pulled from shelves and their army of fans, the Juggalos, declared a “gang” by the FBI. On their first UK visit for 14 years, the entire tour is pulled at the last minute, leaving them scrabbling around for alternative venues.

Then the opening date, already switched from Leeds to Sheffield, was further postponed because their equipment had gone missing. All this left ICP – who wear the tag “world’s most hated band” with pride – raging about persecution. However, in true theatrical style, they insisted, “the show will go on”.

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