2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Jim » Wed Aug 12, 2015 5:55 pm

Noodle wrote:Am I the only one who enjoyed Korpiklaani's set? It's not like their back catalogue isn't full of brilliant "serious" songs, and they did chuck in the usual party songs.


Nah I really liked it. I somewhat prefer the slower, somewhat darker tunes (Korven Kuningas is a fucking class album).
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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby fluffkitten » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:09 pm

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Noodle wrote:Am I the only one who enjoyed Korpiklaani's set? It's not like their back catalogue isn't full of brilliant "serious" songs, and they did chuck in the usual party songs.


Nah I really liked it. I somewhat prefer the slower, somewhat darker tunes (Korven Kuningas is a fucking class album).


Thought it was a really good set with a good mix of tracks.
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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Fjar » Wed Aug 12, 2015 6:11 pm

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Jim wrote:
Noodle wrote:Am I the only one who enjoyed Korpiklaani's set? It's not like their back catalogue isn't full of brilliant "serious" songs, and they did chuck in the usual party songs.


Nah I really liked it. I somewhat prefer the slower, somewhat darker tunes (Korven Kuningas is a fucking class album).


Thought it was a really good set with a good mix of tracks.


It was good, but if it hadn't been relentlessly hot I probably would have enjoyed it more. The sweaty, smelly topless kids doing jigs in front of me didn't help either.
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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby NeglectedField » Wed Aug 12, 2015 7:22 pm

Leemanruss wrote:- ZP's attitude during I Am I, swearing at the crowd, throwing water on them, getting the crowd to chant 'twat' at an audience member... to think I used to love him in DragonForce


I think Fjar mentioned the last time they played that ZP was acting up. Singling out people in the crowd is twatty behaviour unless that person has done something beyond the pale.

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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Killing_time » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:10 pm

The good

Opeth's performance
The beautiful weather on saturday :)
Dark Angel being brilliant
Hearing how bad Trivium were the day before

The bad

Opeth's setlist
Within Temptation with their pop music polluting the festival

The Ugly

Within Temptation again
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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby someone else » Wed Aug 12, 2015 8:19 pm

NeglectedField wrote:
Leemanruss wrote:- ZP's attitude during I Am I, swearing at the crowd, throwing water on them, getting the crowd to chant 'twat' at an audience member... to think I used to love him in DragonForce


I think Fjar mentioned the last time they played that ZP was acting up. Singling out people in the crowd is twatty behaviour unless that person has done something beyond the pale.


I swear metal fans are getting far too sensitive these days - the days of Seb Bach or Dee Snider at their peak might have made them faint. IamI's show was about as in offensive as a metal show gets
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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby NeglectedField » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:10 pm

I wouldn't call that being sensitive at all. There's a line in the sand when it comes to twatty behaviour. If it was like, GG Allin, that'd be different and you'd know what you were in for.

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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Fjar » Wed Aug 12, 2015 9:17 pm

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NeglectedField wrote:
Leemanruss wrote:- ZP's attitude during I Am I, swearing at the crowd, throwing water on them, getting the crowd to chant 'twat' at an audience member... to think I used to love him in DragonForce


I think Fjar mentioned the last time they played that ZP was acting up. Singling out people in the crowd is twatty behaviour unless that person has done something beyond the pale.


I swear metal fans are getting far too sensitive these days - the days of Seb Bach or Dee Snider at their peak might have made them faint. IamI's show was about as in offensive as a metal show gets


There's 'lovable cunt' opposed to 'obnoxious cunt'. ZP comes across as the second kind.
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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby beenabadbunny » Thu Aug 13, 2015 8:15 am

Viktor Boskovic wrote:I tried going the toilet through the fence an security wrestled me to the ground...they didn't even let me wipe my arse


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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Viktor Boskovic » Thu Aug 13, 2015 9:53 am

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Viktor Boskovic wrote:I tried going the toilet through the fence an security wrestled me to the ground...they didn't even let me wipe my arse


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Haha I can't believe somebody actually shit through the fence. I was just joking

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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Jim » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:30 am

Seems legit...
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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Gremulon » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:37 am

Good -
Sabaton (and I'm not even that big of a fan).
Spent more time in the New Blood tent this year just to get out of the heat and I was pleasantly surprised by some of the bands there.
The range of ales in the Bloodstock Arms was better this year (although they did run out of a few and some were definitely off).
Really pleased with the loos this year. Even managed to get a clean one with loo roll in late on Monday morning.

Bad -
The fact I had to have security 'escort' me across site on Monday morning to the welfare tent as my nose had swollen up dramatically and my septum piercing was stuck in there. Having two pairs of pliers up your nose with a four-day cumulative hangover is not pleasant. :lol:

Ugly -
Watching some raged-up dude punch a woman in the face and then choke-slam her to the floor. Not cool.

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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby ocean_of_ypres » Thu Aug 13, 2015 11:59 am

I hope he got the shit kicked out of him after he did that
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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Gremulon » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:03 pm

Well, he definitely got apprehended by security in the Bloodstock Arms but I think he was kicking off in there too and that's why.

To be honest I was pretty disgusted by the people who stood by and did absolutely nothing, the volunteer stewards and festival-goers alike. I was watching the whole thing unfold from a table nearby and nobody moved a muscle. A friend and I ended up going over to her and making sure she was alright, then getting security (who were really professional - even apologising to us for having to witness it). Fair enough if you didn't want to get in rage-dude's way, but when there's a woman on the floor you don't just sit there watching and sipping on your drink.

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Re: 2015 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Korthkor » Thu Aug 13, 2015 12:07 pm

The Good
Bogs were nice and clean
Security were much less confrontational than the previous years
Merch at Goddess was solid as always
Cannibal Corpse were awesome.
Orange Goblin, with a but...
Enslaved, with a different but...
Ensiferum, with an unfortunate but...
Last but not least, Korpiklaani - But with a MASSIVE ''what the fuck, guys?!''

The Bad
The weather, too hot, no rain to keep down the dust, had to keep my head covered to avoid sunstroke and I'm no hat person!
The dust on Sunday - Annoying
carling 'cider' - utterly vile, ended up surviving on Jack & Coke's, despite my allergies to caffeine
No Coke, only that drain water known as pepsi. I'd forgotten just how truly awful pepsi is, after drinking that with my Jack in the arena, I could swear that pepsi was being made by carling... Vile!
The dj's in the Sophie stage taking so fucking long to actually PLAY SOME FUCKING METAL. I can't headbang with my mates to the sound of some yob DJ addressing the crowd for 25 fucking minutes.
Also, the dj's playing three classic songs at the start of their set on saturday night, then reverting to playing the usual teenage agnst driven shite. Once those three tracks were done, the crowd in the Sophie tent got bored and went home to their tents.
CHAIRS. ALL THE CHAIRS! Trying to get to within 50ft of the stage to see Rob Zombie was like attempting a military assault course with two full pints in your hands - This seriously needs regulating, folks!
Orange Goblin... but we happened to be stood behind some dirty hippie who sent the entire gig twirling her hands about and otherwize attempting to dance, hugely distracting from the most part of their set. If she's have been a bloke, I'd have dumped my pint over their dirty hippie face.
Ensiferum... but I happened to miss the first part of their set, missing them play ''Lai Lai Hai''. Sunday was too busy with too many band I liked, space them out!
Korpiklaani... WHAT THE FUCK, GUYS? This deserves it's own section:

Why Korpiklaani's Set Was A Fucking Joke
Jim wrote:
Noodle wrote:Am I the only one who enjoyed Korpiklaani's set? It's not like their back catalogue isn't full of brilliant "serious" songs, and they did chuck in the usual party songs.


Nah I really liked it. I somewhat prefer the slower, somewhat darker tunes (Korven Kuningas is a fucking class album).


Wrong. Three party songs at the very end of their set, after forcing the crowd to listen to five tracks from their new release was not what I came to Bloodstock for, that's not Korpiklaani, that's a 'buy our new stuff or get fucked' to their fans.

As for slower, darker stuff? That's what Agalloch were for. I understand every band has to make bank, but over half of that set was merely an advertisement for their new stuff, which I will now avoid buying out of spite.

Three tracks in, Spike handed me a piece of paper which read ''Play Wooden Pints, God of Wind, Metsamies, Vodka, Beer Beer - any of these will do'' - We made two copies, and we held them up for the band to see and did not hide our dissapointment as to their apalling set. They acknowledged us from the stage at the end of their fifth track, and from there on, they actually played a good show. The sound was good, the immediate crowd around us went into a linked-arm spinning frenzy, we were finally seeing Korpiklaani play live! Why we had to wait so long for them to play really winds me up. I'm wondering if it hadn't been for mine and Spike's protest if they'd have even bothered playing anything that the crowd actually wanted to see.

The Ugly
The food, nothing for veggies that wasn't some continental hippie drivel. There were no jacket potatoes, no veggie burgers made from ACTUAL quorn, nothing with any real energy values whatsoever. I live up on a mountaintop in Wales and even my local chippie does an actual veggie burger, none of that 'half a chewed sunday dinner spat inbetween two pieces of bread' shite they were slinging in the veggie van. You could get seven different types of coffee from one van, you can get any parts of any animal in 'pulled' form from 20 different stalls, but not a single jacket potato could be found! I'll be taking this to ask the organizers, there was nothing to eat in the festival that did not make me wretch.
Enslaved... I had so looked forward to hearing them again, but instead, I was passed out on the benches - BECAUSE THERE WAS NOTHING TO EAT. I was starving and I suffered a fearsome flare up of a medical condition that has never before affected me at Bloodstock in such a spectacular way. Egg baps? Jacket Potatoes? Veggie Burgers? I can't survive off paninis, I'm not bloody french!

The Verdict
I enjoyed the festival more than the previous three years combined, there was plenty of annoyances here and there both with the bands and the crowds, but it definitely didn't stop me from enjoying myself and generally acting like a big hairy Berserker!

But... The food for veggies was a joke, such a limited selection, all of it was either continental or more foreign still. I would like some proper british food next time, whoever got rid of the van that used to do jacket potatoes and fried eggs on baps should be sued, as a week later I'm still very sick. It was a good Bloodstock, but it was damn' hard work on my guts.
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