Bearstock wrote:Yeah fuck negative opinions, lets just have sunshines and rainbows and no-one expressing negative opinions on something they've invested time, money and excitement in right? No, fuck that. I don't personally think the festival is as bad as a lot of forum users make out but it's everyone's right to express those thoughts...not exactly like Bloodstock care anyway and none of them do jackshit to stop the shift because frankly nobody can. Equally it's not about people wearing those shirts being bad kids they're just not the kids the festival was designed for and the more of them that show up is an indicator of how much the festival squeezes the faithful out.
Whilst I fully agree with you that some of the criticism on here is way over the top I have to disagree with your last point.
If I see some yuongsters with Asking Alexandria or some other shite like Bring Me The Horizon on their t shirts, I don't assume that's the way the festival is headed.
Far from it, if anything when we were kids we had the likes of Linkin Park, Korn and Slipknot as "gateway bands" entering the fray and finding far better music.
If kids into the current ~"gateway" acts are coming to Bloodstock and last year they watched Emperor or ventured onto the Sophie or New Blood stages then that is a great thing.
Given that the festival seems to have grown year on year, these guys coming now and potentially expanding their tastes and interests certainly doesn't mean they're squeezing others out.
I think we're mostly in agreement but my point isn't really that liking those sorts of bands is an issue or even that owning the merch and even packing it for bloodstock is an issue but rather that an increase in those shirts from one year to the next or over a period of a few years indicates a shift in the music. Most of the merchandise i've seen in the last 3 years have been from Emperor, Watain or Carcass. Which is no surprise when you consider that those bands and bands of similar ilk such as Obituary, Mayhem or Behemoth are always on the bill. The odd Slipknot or Bring Me the Horizon shirt means nothing at all but if i go to the festival and see maybe 200 of them over the weekend that would suggest that bands of that ilk are present in enough numbers to tempt people who identify with that band enough to buy the shirts and wear them. Hence the fans shirts become a bit of a litmus test to the nature of the festival.
I may not be wording this as fluently as possible but do you get my point?