VizardAmata wrote:True, but I was being a bit tongue in cheek. Overall I think the lineup is pretty solid, despite shit headliners on all three days. There are some bands booked in recent years that you could argue are "questionable", such as say Hatebreed, but overall BOA is still a solid festival.
I don't see this massive shift that others are seeing, but I only found out about the festival in 2007, so I'm not exactly in the best position to comment. If a few more "mainstream" bands are what it takes to keep this festival alive, have at it. As long it doesn't turn into a mini Download, I don't really care. I'd rather a festival that was successful and continues, than one that has to shut down because they can't shift enough tickets.
It's not as sudden as people make out but it's certainly happening, every year a few more of the bands Download typically prioritise show up, there has ALWAYS been bands who have and do perform at both festivals because Download books 180 or so bands every year and there's always a bunch of metal bands on the 2nd - 3rd stages but i'm talking about the bands that Download gives its mainstage slots to.
I do sometimes worry that BoA might become a mini download before long but i don't imagine it's likely to come to that really. The big thing i find that differentiates between the two these days is that Download are horrendous for repeat bookings whilst Bloodstock tend to be a bit better for it (although worse than usual lately).
Starting to consider going to a more extreme festival next year if the current trend sticks around, I'd miss the variety but at least I'd enjoy a higher ratio of bands.