Our homie Nathan Rabin is a journalist-turned-Juggalo who Gathers more for pleasure than business. It didn’t used to be that way, but he juggled with us, fell in love with Juggalos, and now considers us family!
Nathan wrote a hell of a review, going through his inner struggles prior to making his trek to the Gathering, highlighting performances, questioning if ICP has gotten too wholesome to be Wicked Clowns, and so much more!
Check out an excerpt from the review below.
The Gathering of the Juggalos 2019: A Motherfucking American Institution
Every time I go to the Gathering of the Juggalos, Insane Clown Posse’s annual festival of arts and culture, I wonder if it’s worth it. Is it worth the time? Is it worth the money? It is worth the travel and aggravation and walking and being away from my family and website and dog? Is it worth feeling old and out of shape and exhausted on a soul-deep level after each night of fun?
When the ninja magic is just not happening, the answer to “Is it worth it?” feels dispiritingly like “no.” It does not seem worth all the hassle and aggravation and time and expense. When things are going better but I still haven’t reached peak Gathering, the answer becomes maybe? And when everything is going right the answer is “Oh God yes!”
The first night of the 20th Gathering of the Juggalos I oscillated between those three feelings. There were moments when I felt nothing short of blissful, like I had escaped the drudgery of the everyday world into a crazed Shangri-La of child-like joy. In these moments I felt like I was home, like there was no place in the world that I would rather be. But there were also times when I felt like Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon, way too old for this shit.
It’s very easy to feel old and tired when your vampire schedule for the Gathering weekend involves going to the festival every night at 6 PM and then returning to your hotel room some time between seven and ten o clock in the morning.
This line also resonates for many of us, I’m sure:
Fifty one and a half weeks a year I am a responsible husband, father, home-owner and small businessman. Then I spend about half a week doing fat dabs with the people who run the funnel cake stand at the Gathering of the Juggalos. It’s cathartic.
It may take you 10 minutes or so to read Nathan’s review in its entirety, but it’s well worth it! Check the full, enthusiastic, soopa fresh review here: https://www.nathanrabin.com/happy-place/2019/8/7/gathering-2019-a-motherfucking-american-institution