Haldamir319 wrote:One could argue that they are now is a slot much more appropriate of the crowd size they draw.
And yes, they haven't done much since last time... except release a new album (Galactic Hunt came out in October 2014, after their last Bloodstock appearance), still draw good crowds on tour and release three music videos (Crabulon, Space Dementia, End Level Boss).
They always increased their crowd size per each appearance at BOA too. 2011 was a good amount of people in the tent for 2nd band on on the 2nd stage. When they next played (in the middle of the day, same stage) in 2013 it was packed! We all know how many they got in 2014 too (approximately 3rd highest draw on the main stage, behind Emperor and Carcass - that's more than Children of Bodom and Lacuna Coil managed).
The size of the crowd doesn't equate to how big the band is. People may have seen them out of curiosity or they were waiting for another band or there was simply no other band on that people wanted to see. The real indicator would be how many tickets they sold.
I know a lot of bigger festivals book slots for bands based on commercial success, how well their tours sell, longevity, media popularity etc. Evil Scarecrow don't tick any of those boxes in regards to deserving to be bumped up 5 slots on the main stage.
They played in the tent low down, when they were relatively unknown, they were bumped up to middle of the tent next time, then opening the main after that, surely the next step might be headlining the tent or being bumped up a slot on the main. Not the degree that they have been.
Yes, they released a new album.....and so have hundreds of bands, they released 3 music videos....and how does that make them more popular? Crabulon came out 2 years ago, it has around 80k plays, Rotting Christ released Ze Nigmar 2 months ago, it has nearly 100k plays. Yet ES are higher on the lineup than RC. They draw good crowds on tour....do they really, their tours are ridiculously small, Sophie Lancaster stage level.