Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby nihility00 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:02 pm

The Good:

*The sound has improved ten fold. Gojira made me gush. Bloodstock got some new kit?
*Security were on point, handing out gash bags for example.
*Food in VIP was a step up.
*The VIP bar insanely gorgeous barstaff.
*The general sense of bloodstock community and friendliness.
*Toilets I used were clean and didn't smell like a mass grave.

The bad:

*Saw two fans full on punching each other in the grid and some chick getting involved because she loved drama and wanted something to moan about online later. First punch up in 6 years, wasn't great to see at bloodstock.
*No indian food stall
*People shouting "You fat bastard" at Dino =/
*The state of camping on Monday morning
*People getting washed at waterpoints where people collect drinking water. Fucking dirty scrabsters.

The ugly:

The barstaff in VIP :lol:
Don't care.

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby metalicbear » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:06 pm

michelleb666 wrote:The Bad:
The lack of security in the campsite area..... and the idiots from Midgard who thought it was funny to come into the Hel camp at silly o'clock shouting and making a racket.
And the few who chose to camp in Hel but wanted to sit round the tents and talk late at night.

The Ugly:
The toilets in the arena.... not cleaned and no toilet rolls.....Even Download got this right....


We were camped in Hel, sure there were a few people talking, but soon fell asleep, it wasn't exactly that loud. Never heard anyone shouting and making a racket at silly o'clock.

The toilets in the arena were definitely cleaned, I went to both sets at times when they were being pumped. There was plenty of toilet roll every time we went. You must have been unlucky.

We've been to Download before and comparing BOA to them is laughable.

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Darkweasel » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:16 pm

The Good
The weather, Twisted Sister, Anthrax, Slayer, Behemoth, Satyricon, Goatwhore, Vektor, Whispered, Gloryhammer, Evil Scarecrow, (most of) COC, The King is Blind, Rotting Christ, Gojira, Nick Holmes breaking the rules, The Ghost Bath screams, most of the toilets still being usable right up until the end of the festival, (the majority of) security staff being friendly and talkative, the "MAN IN YELLOW" chant before Slayer, and loads of other stuff.

The Bad
A bit harsh to include Venom in this, especially as they played better than I expected but their set list was awful. Also, please tell their guitarist to stop trying to be Kerry King (in both looks and playing style).
Ghost Bath's absolutely fucking terrible guitar player (far right of the stage as you look at it). I'd include Ghost Bath in general, but I spent most of my time laughing, so at least they kept me entertained.
COC turning my favourite song (Clean My Wounds) into a meandering and poorly played ten minute jam session.
The same fucking videos being played over and over and over again. When I walked into the arena, I said "ooh, this Wormrot song sounds excellent". Fast forward to 5pm the same day and I never wanted to hear the fucking thing ever again. I never wanted to hear Wakrat in the first place.

The Ugly
The seemingly new breed of real life keyboard warrior who stands on the barrier, screaming abuse at, and trying to punch, crowd surfers as they get dragged over the front - making sure, of course - that security have hold of them first so that they can't retaliate in any way.
Fucking cowards.
This includes the girlfriend of one of twat in particular, who while Slayer were on, clawed a handful of hair from the head of one crowdsurfing girl who had the misfortune of getting pulled down over her. Also, the female member of security who repeatedly laughed off and ignored their violent and totally uncalled for behaviour because they were (or at least appeared to be) friends was bang out of order.
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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Jay1993 » Tue Aug 16, 2016 8:58 pm

The Good:

- The Weather - Was expecting it to be sweltering hot but it was the perfect medium throughout the whole festival (overcast and pleasantly warm).

- All of the bands I caught across all four stages particularly Twisted Sister, Mastodon, Anthrax, Fear Factory, Akercocke, Vallenfyre, Ghost Bath, Cambion, Vektor, Boss Keloid, Garganjua, Witchtripper, Kahtet and Aklash.

- Security allowing drinks in the arena as long as they were decanted into plastic cups; an oldish lady on the gate even went out of her way to fetch more cups for me and a mate to do this as they had just ran out (legend!)

- Atmosphere seemed even better this year than the last time I went a couple of years back; people were uber friendly and there was a real sense of community.

- Making a friend on the train there who ended up camping with us and making more friends in the Hel campsite.

- Instantly getting picked up whenever I fell over in the mosh pits or walls of death!

- Finally getting to watch some bin jousting!

The Bad:

- The heightened inability of people to use bins/bin bags just because they're at a festival; if I can go the whole weekend without dropping a single piece of litter then I personally don't think other people have an excuse!

- The guy who randomly jumped on me in the Slayer pit - he wasn't even attempting to crowd surf!

- The amount of snoring coming from the tents surrounding us in Hel!

The Ugly:

- The state of my left arm which is covered in bruises from the pits!

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby NeglectedField » Tue Aug 16, 2016 10:26 pm

I'll try and be reasonable and split out stuff that is and isn't to do with the festival itself

Good
- General atmosphere as always
- Security not being total dicks; great improvement in recent years
- Showers in Midgard (despite the queue times); the one I was in had a handy place to actually sit so you can clothe yourself and not get all your things wet
- Separation of kiosks for VIP ticket holders and artists/guests
- Usual good variety of food; some absences I missed like the Indian place (as nihility whatshisface has said) but no biggie
- Minimal reports of serious altercations or theft, though as always subject to change when stories surface
- VIP/Serpent's Lair's choice of ales as always
- Chris Naughton and Alex Figures' DJ sets and the bonkers mashups later on Saturday night, although not everyone took to it

Bad
- Portaloos' sanitation/alcohol gel thing not being refilled enough
- Artist/guest accreditation office staff being rude as usual, or at least one individual. Not to me this time, but only because I had carefully prepared my spiel and had my passport and £20 to hand. Others who weren't so used to the system were sassed or given curt replies to innocent questions
- VIP on Saturday night had some cheese but it needs more, dammit! :P Or at least put Chris Naughton on later; remember that when everyone's off their face, the cheese tends to be the common ground; metal bands have been on the stages all day
- This isn't exclusive to Bloodstock but I think the organisers should weigh the pros and cons of a refuse collection/reward scheme like they have at some continental metal festivals. Maybe it's just my guilt because I've done festival litter picking before

Ugly
- Dress-up/cosplay/whatever: I appreciate that the motive behind this is to enhance the festival experience but someone dressed and acting like a zombie/alien/whatever is most likely going to be regarded as a nuisance, a bit 3spooky5you if you will. I dunno, it's just not for me

Personal / not within organisers' control

Good
- Good friends
- Weather in general
- Good performances from a lot of bands
- The extra shit you can bring when you get a lift

Bad
- Forgetting to bring a blanket knowing that there's always that one fucking freezing night
- Losing the odd inexpensive thing
- Delays on the M5 on the hot Monday; we left at 10ish and I arrived back at my door just before 4, should've just been 2.5 hours

Ugly
- My sunburn
- My state on Friday night

Funny
- IRC camp bantings
- People's Ghost Bath impressions; just as well they put them on the Sunday or it's all we'd have heard throughout camp all weekend :lol:
- Scrawlings in the portaloos; some of it curiously sad
- The surreal ambiance outside the portaloos in Midgard on late Sunday night with the bin jousting and the vaguely folky music; kinda like Mad Max meets Monty Python
- Symphony X singer singling out my mate

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Beack » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:33 am

Jay1993 wrote:The Good:

The Bad:

- The heightened inability of people to use bins/bin bags just because they're at a festival; if I can go the whole weekend without dropping a single piece of litter then I personally don't think other people have an excuse!



Oh yeah, this really bugged me as well! The campsite was just piles of rubbish everywhere - usually next to a half-empty bin bag! I mean come on. It is purely an attitude thing. We left our patch litter-free the whole weekend, not that hard.

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Slev » Wed Aug 17, 2016 8:41 am

NeglectedField wrote:- This isn't exclusive to Bloodstock but I think the organisers should weigh the pros and cons of a refuse collection/reward scheme like they have at some continental metal festivals.


There used to be such a thing. It caused chaos, so was scrapped.

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby NeglectedField » Wed Aug 17, 2016 6:45 pm

Slev wrote:
NeglectedField wrote:- This isn't exclusive to Bloodstock but I think the organisers should weigh the pros and cons of a refuse collection/reward scheme like they have at some continental metal festivals.


There used to be such a thing. It caused chaos, so was scrapped.


Ah, fair enough. I guess it's also more labour e.g. manning the collection points and the trouble of punters delivering half-full bags (hurr).

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Tet » Wed Aug 17, 2016 9:37 pm

The good:

  • The people. This year I not only knew some of the regulars that I see every year, but several friends who were there with bands that were playing. The social side of the festival was much better for me this year.
  • Rocksoc, as usual.
  • The VIP bar. With some minor caveats (I never did get to try the mango cider).
  • The dodgems. After going to Bloodstock since the very start, this year was the first year I'd ventured onto the dodgems. Aided and abetted by my drunken state and by the Hampshire contingent.
  • The overall atmosphere. Seemed a bit better this year.

The bad:

  • The lineup. Yes, there were a handful of great performances. But largely I struggled to find things to watch this year. Not only was the main stage very weak, but the lower stages were lacking, too. M2TM produced some very poor winners this year, and there wasn't much on the Sophie stage either.
  • I know that running out of bog roll is an inevitability for a festival portaloo, but early on the very first evening? Mostly they were OK after that.
  • The lack of proper men's toilets in VIP.
  • Parking. My girlfriend was in a car accident a while back, and struggles with mobility. She had a pass for the shuttle bus from the car park, but the parking attendants still made her park at the far end of the car park, a long way from the shuttle bus pickup point, even after she'd explained the situation to them, and even though there was plenty of parking available much closer to it.
  • Me losing my camper van pass, meaning I had to park in the main car park :-( Where, I should add, there are no toilets.

The ugly:

  • Me trying to think of something to say to the porn star in the VIP bar that was less awkward than "hurrrrr, I've seen you naked on the Internet".
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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby FlyingAlpaca2 » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:04 am

nihility00 wrote:The Bad:

*People shouting "You fat bastard" at Dino =/


The barstaff in VIP :lol:


Kind off just a thing to do at a fearfactory show.
Case and point = https://youtu.be/YFAipiNOsG0?t=11

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Metal Hands » Thu Aug 18, 2016 12:08 am

Third year in VIP - my wife & I had an amazing time as always.

The Good:

(Bands) - Sumer, Gloryhammer, Corrosion of Conformity, Venom, Behemoth, Twisted Sister, Akercocke, The King is Blind, Gojira, Mastodon, Ghost Bath, Satyricon, Whispered, Slayer.

The Texas Smoke House hot dogs where fantastic.
Deli Kates!
Mr Tea's.

More room in the VIP campsite, we were more than ok with the extra walk from the car park for that much extra space.
The VIP campsite in general, probably the best I've slept at any festival ever.
Finally getting a medium VIP goody bag t-shirt!
Friendly staff & mostly good service in the VIP bar (I'll talk about a particular incident in the bad).
Another lager option! Grolsch was our drink for most of the weekend!
Good to see wristband checks into VIP. We saw several people trying it late at night.
Best official merch I've seen at the fest.
The general friendly atmosphere that makes Bloodstock such a great time.
The size...it's selfish of me but I never want to see Bloodstock grow.

The Bad:

(Bands) Metal Allegiance - what the hell was that?
Symphony X - First time seeing them & found them to be very bland & boring.
The Rotting Christ/King is Blind clash.

That queue to get a VIP wristband. We rocked up at 12:10 & didn't get our bands until near 1:30. My missus was busting for the loo so asked to use the one behind the wristband cabin only to be told it was locked & they didn't have the key. The lack of prep with goody bags having to be made up was just silly.

The coffee place in VIP was poor this year. I like strong black coffee in the morning and they were serving out piss-water. We ended up going into the main arena to Mr Teas.

The lack of men's 'dump' toilets in VIP. I couldn't believe it when I saw that there was 4 for an entire campsite. Also men who spent 20 minutes in them, how selfish can you be? Take a shit, wipe your ass then get out so others can use them!

Ok so Saturday early evening I found the service at the VIP bar to really go downhill. Far too many of the staff looked disinterested & some where actively trying to avoid eye contact. At one stage I arrived at the bar next to a fella who had already been waiting. One of the bar staff (young lady, blonde) came over to serve me so I did the decent thing & told her that the fella next to me that been there before me. She served him & naturally I expected her to then come to me. She didn't, she gave him his drinks then turned away to serve someone else. I was a bit annoyed but figured it may have been a simple mistake (us long haired, beardy fellas can look a bit similar) so when she came back up my end I told her that surely she was going to serve me next which she said she would.

She finished serving the other person walked towards me then served a woman who had just rocked up next me. I will admit to losing my cool here but it felt so deliberate, I didn't get mean or anything as that's not my nature but I did suggest to her that she was way out of order. Anyway, one of the other bar staff sensing my frustration came over & served me.

I really wanted to speak to her though as it really put a downer on what is normally a fantastic VIP bar experience. Not sure what went on, maybe she confused me with someone who had been rude to her earlier. No matter, it was a small blip on an otherwise excellent service.

Not putting the VIP entertainment on the schedule. The wife really wanted to see the freakshow but we ended up missing it.

Red Bull & Vodka being only £4.50 compared to £5 for a pint of Grolsch.

The queues for Deli Kates. :(

The Ugly:

The slushies - way overpriced & far too watery.
The amount of dropped/thrown noodles.
While I'm on that point...the general dirtiness of people throwing their rubbish everywhere when there seemed to be plenty of bins. Come on people, it's our festival, give them a hand!
Those rocks as you enter the VIP bar area from the campsite! My poor feet.
Merch stalls where very poor quality & over-priced as many didn't even have back prints!
Camping chairs - now I know this is a Bloodstock thing but this year I swear more & more people were putting them up closer & closer to the stage. Also trying to get through the sea when it was dark is hazardous!
The missus and I being offered MDMA while we sat on the grass near the strongman circle eating.
A fight that kicked off a few people away from us - can't remember who it was during but it didn't look pretty & I hate to see that happen at Bloodstock.

People bringing in their own supplies into the arena. Now this might be something many don't agree with but I really don't think this is a good idea. I saw several people walking around with cans & bottles of cider. Some passed out on the grass. One family on Sunday sitting near us had a freakin' picnic & piles of cans.

It encourages crazy binge drinking & hardly supports the stalls (of which many are serving great food).
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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby VizardAmata » Thu Aug 18, 2016 11:57 am

The good

The weather - fantastic! A bit too hot on Friday, but after that it was perfect.

The bands - aside from the the shockingly awful Metal Allegiance, I didn't watch a bad performance. Some mediocre, yes, but not bad.

The variety of food - So many options! I avoid burger places like the plague unless they're the texas smoker, so seeing so many options to get a decent meal was fantastic.

Motley Brew
The atmosphere
Real ale at Lemmys Bar that wasn't Hobgoblin.
The toilets. I saw very few bad ones, and only really late at night did I come across ones without loo roll and sanitiser.

The bad

Queue for the Kraken thing was constantly HUGE, maybe have two windows or something next time? I wanted to try the ice cream but I didn't pay all that money to stand in a queue for ages.

No boards by the water points so they were a mire before too long.

The ugly

Some guy deciding to bin joust completely naked, so I got "treated" to the sight of his tiny, tiny penis.

The man wearing nothing but two Jagermeister bandanas tied together.

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby NeglectedField » Thu Aug 18, 2016 8:45 pm

Tet wrote:[*]The lack of proper men's toilets in VIP.


Good point. I don't know why they've downgraded from previous years when they had regular flushing loos for both. This year (and possibly last if I recall) it's just been the same kinda portaloo for the men as you get in the regular areas. And only two of them. And they weren't always stacked with bog roll, nor the hand sanitiser re-filled.

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby Brendancoles » Fri Aug 19, 2016 1:00 am

The Good

The Weather
Foetal Juice, Rotting Christ, Akercocke, Gloryhammer, Dragonforce, Goatwhore, Behemoth, Ghostbath, conjurer, Garganjua (I'd probably include Gojira and Mastodon if I could remember their sets...whoops :/)
The Mercian store - managed to find a record I'd been after for a while
The Teenage Cancer shirt drop off point
The toilets (apart from the last night) were almost impeccable everytime I went to use them
Made some new friends and caught up with old ones
The sense of cameraderie across the entire site
Didn't eat any festival food and only paid for one drink in the arena

The Bad

No antics on the Sunday night - poor show
I passed out super early on Thursday and Friday so missed a whole bunch of shit
Getting so wasted I forgot Mastodon and Gojiras sets even though I watched both of them - I do remember getting crowd surfed a couple of times during Gojira though
hearing about this sexual assault that occurred
People imitating Ghostbath during their performance - I personally love DSBM and thought they were great - just because it's not your thing does not mean you need to mock it - especially whilst they're playing!!! Do it after fine but people were totally ruining a beautiful set.

The Ugly

Me on Friday when my hayfever flared up and caused me to almost pass out and my eye swell up - had a rest and was fine after though - all good
My poops all weekend and the frequency of how much I had to go
The post festival blues kicking my arse all week

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Re: Bloodstock 2016 - The Good, The Bad and the Ugly

Postby GTFCMike » Fri Aug 19, 2016 3:14 pm

The good:
Twisted Sister.
Rotting Christ.
Behemoth.
Goatwhore.
Misanthrope.
Mordrake.
Bull Riff Stampede.
Diamond Head.
Plenty of other bands too but the above were my favourites.
Texas Smoker.
Mexican food stall.
Running out of change resulting in a reduced beer price to a round figure.
The quality of the beer. Cool and refreshing. Much better than the warm Fosters and Tuborg era of recent history.
Toilet facility maintainance (great to see BOA respond so positively to the poor show from the other year).
Sound improvements on Main Stage (compared with a few years ago).
Mr Teas - Cannot compliment these people enough. Enjoyed a quality latte after latte at a reasonable price.

The bad:
The bigger the festival, the more tosspots it attracts. BOA seems to have lost the friendly atmosphere it's once proudly maintained. Guess that's the price of bigger bands appearing on the bill.
Lack of Indian food stall.
The 4DJ's - boring! Get a cover band or something that can play at the reduced volume applied post Sophie headliner.
Food price hikes. Inevitable, but still makes my wallet cry. Poor thing.

The ugly:
Main stage fighting. Not anything to do with a mosh pit so no idea what triggered it. Keep these tossers away from Catton Park.
Come on Bloodstock. You know you want to. Hypocrisy. Sort it, Bloodstock! ;)