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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby mathewxentrix88 » Mon Sep 28, 2015 10:52 am

Attendance was definitely down otherwise we we would be getting the "Another record-breaking year for B.O.A" nonsense on their facebook page.
As i said elsewhere i reckon they will have a little look at their booking policy this year-which could be really good news or really bad news.I'm hoping for them to take a few risks to claw back some of the previously regular fans they have lost and not go for unsuitable bands to grab the Johnny-come-lately fairweather mob who may go once and never-again.

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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby VizardAmata » Mon Oct 05, 2015 10:42 am

This might be me being stupidly optimistic, but maybe the lower attendance figures (and it definitely was lower) will teach them that they went too far with the mainstream stuff this year.

Having some of it, OK sure, whatever. But three mainstream headliners?! Come on now. Hopefully they can pull that back a bit and strike a good balance.

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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby Darkweasel » Mon Oct 05, 2015 12:27 pm

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JPMC wrote:I thought there were a lot less people overall. I was surprised at Pro Pain's low turnout


I'm surprised that so many people had the good sense to stay away from Pro Pain. :D


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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby bloodofthekings » Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:03 pm

VizardAmata wrote:This might be me being stupidly optimistic, but maybe the lower attendance figures (and it definitely was lower) will teach them that they went too far with the mainstream stuff this year.

Having some of it, OK sure, whatever. But three mainstream headliners?! Come on now. Hopefully they can pull that back a bit and strike a good balance.


I wouldn't say Within Temptation are particularly mainstream. If anything, they're more in tune with the festival's origins than any of the black and death metal that they seem to book in abundance every year.

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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby someone else » Mon Oct 05, 2015 3:23 pm

They are to a degree - they get decent coverage in Metal Hammer etc and have done for years, and have had singles played on Radio 2 - but the style they play isn't, its only really them and Nightwish, and then there's a big drop off to the Delain's and Epica's. They're probably the only two bands that have grown with the festival, in that they headlined way back and can still headline the fest as big as it is now.
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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby Cassius » Mon Oct 05, 2015 5:45 pm

As someone else said Within Temptation fit into both categories really. They are at the same time in line with Bloodstocks origins and big enough to be considered mainstream

So they more or less stuck to the normal combo of 1 mainstream, 1 bloodstock band and 1 classic but its still more mainstream than its ever been in terms of the headliners.

Also im not sure how big a factor this is but whilst there were plenty of people pissing and moaning about it I think bands like Machine Head and Lamb of God have a much bigger bleed over to the traditional Bloodstock fan base than Trivium

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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby VizardAmata » Tue Oct 06, 2015 12:51 pm

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VizardAmata wrote:This might be me being stupidly optimistic, but maybe the lower attendance figures (and it definitely was lower) will teach them that they went too far with the mainstream stuff this year.

Having some of it, OK sure, whatever. But three mainstream headliners?! Come on now. Hopefully they can pull that back a bit and strike a good balance.


I wouldn't say Within Temptation are particularly mainstream. If anything, they're more in tune with the festival's origins than any of the black and death metal that they seem to book in abundance every year.


Within Temptation were the only ones that really fitted with BOA given that they played way back when, but they are still pretty mainstream. Nothing wrong with that, of course, but them plus two mainstream bands just felt really flat and uninspired.

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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby gregors666 » Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:43 am

To me, it seemed as busy, if not busier than the previous few years.
Certainly for Rob Zombie and definitely for Lawnmower Deth (but that was in the sophie tent)
If anyone is trying to say it was not as full this year I would say maybe it was the more diverse billing that created the extra space.
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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby CharlesDexterWard » Wed Oct 14, 2015 11:48 am

I spent a good chunk of the weekend with the loners and newbies group and it was clear that folk would only leave their comfy chairs and booze in the campsite in time to head off and see the bands they were really interested in.

There were no occasions where folk just decided to wander into the arena and check out a band that was outside their normal listening or likes (apart from me but I wasn't drinking and wanted to check out a lot of bands).

E.G the thrash and death metal fans in the group avoided WT, Opeth, Trivium and BLS etc like the plague.
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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby cthulhu » Wed Oct 14, 2015 3:12 pm

CharlesDexterWard wrote:I spent a good chunk of the weekend with the loners and newbies group and it was clear that folk would only leave their comfy chairs and booze in the campsite in time to head off and see the bands they were really interested in.

There were no occasions where folk just decided to wander into the arena and check out a band that was outside their normal listening or likes (apart from me but I wasn't drinking and wanted to check out a lot of bands).

E.G the thrash and death metal fans in the group avoided WT, Opeth, Trivium and BLS etc like the plague.


Based on my view during Within Temptation, either it was more than just the thrash/death/black crowd avoiding them or the thrash/death/black crowd are a significantly larger percentage than commonly assumed by the festival:
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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby Gandalf the Red » Thu Oct 15, 2015 11:33 am

CharlesDexterWard wrote:I spent a good chunk of the weekend with the loners and newbies group and it was clear that folk would only leave their comfy chairs and booze in the campsite in time to head off and see the bands they were really interested in.

There were no occasions where folk just decided to wander into the arena and check out a band that was outside their normal listening or likes (apart from me but I wasn't drinking and wanted to check out a lot of bands).

E.G the thrash and death metal fans in the group avoided WT, Opeth, Trivium and BLS etc like the plague.


Bunch of miserable bastards. No wonder they haven't got anyone to go with. :P
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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby robin8585 » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:08 pm

CharlesDexterWard wrote:There were no occasions where folk just decided to wander into the arena and check out a band that was outside their normal listening or likes (apart from me but I wasn't drinking and wanted to check out a lot of bands).


The people I camped with did that too. I've never really understood it, if I wanted to drink in a field there's plenty of other ways to do that without spending £130 to be there, but each to their own I guess. I spent so little time at camp they all declared I wasn't a real person, but rather a collective hallucination.

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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby Gandalf the Red » Thu Oct 15, 2015 12:22 pm

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CharlesDexterWard wrote:There were no occasions where folk just decided to wander into the arena and check out a band that was outside their normal listening or likes (apart from me but I wasn't drinking and wanted to check out a lot of bands).


The people I camped with did that too. I've never really understood it, if I wanted to drink in a field there's plenty of other ways to do that without spending £130 to be there, but each to their own I guess. I spent so little time at camp they all declared I wasn't a real person, but rather a collective hallucination.


That's the spirit. :yes: As soon as the arena opens, I'm in there watching bands.

You could pay for a decent holiday with £130. :lol:
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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby Bearstock » Thu Oct 15, 2015 3:18 pm

I dunno I think there's two sides to it.

Hanging out with a bunch of mates drinking and socialising is all a part of the fun of being at a festival.

Likewise though so is seeing bands.

We got there on the Thursday set up, drank and then all went to the arena when the bands started.

Mornings it was a case whomever the first band people wanted to see was.

Friday some went for Nuclear Assault and others joined us for Armored Saint.

Saturday some went for Annihilated and others for Korpiklaani.

Sunday we didn't go in until Orange Goblin.

Aside from stage clashes I think all of us saw the bands we wanted to see and most of us found a few new ones as well whilst still having plenty of booze in the mornings, a few during the day and a load at night.

To each their own but it's easy enough to combine the two :)
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Re: Bloodstock Attendance.

Postby Gandalf the Red » Thu Oct 15, 2015 4:09 pm

Isn't that what parks and off licences are for?
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