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Machine Gun Kelly pelted with bottles and cans during festival performance

Fans suspect the mixed reception may stem from his recent feud with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor

By Hollie Geraghty

Machine Gun Kelly poses at the MTV VMAs
Machine Gun Kelly (Picture: Alamy)

A new video shows Machine Gun Kelly having bottles, cans and tree branches launched at him during a live performance at Aftershock Festival last weekend.

The rapped-turned-punk rocker was on the lineup at the metal-heavy festival in Sacramento, California on Saturday (October 9).

Climbing on top of a tent in the crowd, the reception was somewhat frosty as he narrowly dodged objects aimed at him from the crowd. Other attendees at the festival booed and flipped Machine Gun Kelly as he performed ‘nothing inside’.

He told the crowd: “This morning I was like, ‘Do we get on the plane and go to this?’” 

“I was sitting there thinking about the last festival we did where this 10-year-old got her poster ripped up just for liking me. I’m doing this show for her and everyone who came to see us play.”

Fans suspect the mixed response may stem from his recent feud with Slipknot’s Corey Taylor.

It started after the Slipknot frontman appeared to reference MGK in an interview with the podcast ‘Cutter’s Rockchat’

He said: “I [hate] the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock and I think he knows who he is. But that’s another story.”

While he didn’t name the artist by name, MGK hit back during a live performance at Riot Fest in Chicago last month. He told the crowd: “Hey, you wanna know what I’m really happy that I’m not doing? Being 50-years-old wearing a fucking weird mask on a fucking stage, talking shit.”

The spat continued on Twitter, with MGK claiming Taylor did a verse for a song on his album ‘Tickets to My Downfall’. “it was fucking terrible, so i didn’t use it,” he wrote. “he got mad about it, and talked shit to a magazine about the same album he was almost on.”

Taylor responded with email screenshots that suggested Taylor was the one to shut down the collaboration, saying that he didn’t think he was the right person for the track.

This comes after MGK was reportedly booed at Louder Than Life Festival in Louisville, Kentucky last month.