Last was Gefle festival in Sweden at the weekend.
First time at this particular fest and have to say it was awesome. Would highly recommend if the line up suits. Smaller than bloodstock, I’d say up to 10,000 but great set up in the arena. 2 big stages facing each other with alternating performances (something bloodstock seriously lacks) and then a smaller indoor 3rd stage in the old gasworks building. Loads of benches and tables for drinking down the side with perfect view of both stages then a big seperate food area again with loads of seating. Weather was perfect , 22 all three days I was there with no rain. Gavle is a great city too, just an hour north of Stockholm Arlanda on the train. And Swedish people are just about the friendliest in the world.
Bands were great too. Band of the weekend had to be Evergrey. I’m biased but they absolutely nailed it, their live sound is spot on and I can’t see how the Atlantic isn’t going to be album of the year for me. And stand out performances by Nervosa, Jungle Rot, Kataklysm, Dimmu Borgir and Dark Tranquillity. Also enjoyed watching sets by Gruesome, Eluveitie, Satyricon, Dying Fetus, Equilibrium, Flotsam and jetsam, wolfheart, Carach Angren, Phil Anselmo, legion of the damned, entombed and Deathstars.
Only pants performance of the weekend was Ministry but never been into them.
All in all top few days away.
Next will be Friday of Bloodstock unless I make a last minute decision to go to Gruesome in London.