Skippy wrote:houston4044 wrote:
As for Gojira, I think their problem is that they're playing seemingly everywhere (good for exposure no doubt) but why elevate someone to one of your biggest draws when people have lots of chances to see them? Sabaton for example are only playing the 1 Brixton show and AA are playing 3-4? Dates and haven't added extra when they sold out (which means they aren't milking their draw like Gojira have); so both are percieved as stronger bookings than Gojira because there is a demand that hasn't been met/more people will want to see them
Again, I disagree with this. I don't entirely know about Amon Amarth because I don't like them so don't pay much attention (I know they did a huge tour last year where they played tiny venues but otherwise I have no idea), but I think Sabaton would be a weak headliner BECAUSE they've been over here so much. I've seen them every year at least once since 2012, they've just come off a big tour earlier this year, and now they are doing a few (4?) dates next year with Accept as well. I think people are starting to get fed up of them. Give it a few years off any maybe.
And again this is where I disagree with you
I would say Sabaton are heading towards what I call "Korn" territory, if they don't get elevated to a headline slot now while they have momentum I can see them missing the boat for good and being perennial subs; which wouldn't be in either BOA's or the band's interest. They maybe touring a lot but at the same time their momentum is allowing them to do that, it's not that they're spamming the same audiences (in fact they're moving up in venue size which would mean they have won over new fans) which would lead to overexposure since it's the same people buying tickets over and over (although yes, I admit it's nearing overkill). With their new album being pretty much a dud, they have to solidify themselves now in case they start to stall (the next album has to be a banger I think to prevent this) but accepting a sub spot now? That would pretty much see them show them as subs at best to people.
For Amon Amarth? While their tours are fairly intermediate venues with strong supports, I still think they are a band with an appeal that would attract a lot of people to a festival as one of three headliners (read: I wouldn't make them your center piece, but matched with 2 other strong headliners and I can see it working).
I would like to point out that I'm not advocating BOA book them as headliners (while I like AA I'm already seeing them in November and I only like a few Sabaton songs) as there are a host of other bands I'd prefer to headline next year