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