varangian wrote:Why shouldn't it be Pumpkins United?
As much as I would love that, Helloween are much bigger in mainland Europe than they are in the UK. And I suspect the 3-hour set they would demand would be a bit of a deal-breaker
varangian wrote:Or King Diamond ?
Seemed to have a reasonable crowd when he headlined before but it was from packed out. Would be interesting to know if he was ever on the radar for this year.
varangian wrote:Or Accept?
Again, as much as I would love that, they're not big enough to headline.
varangian wrote:or Danzig ?
Not sure if Danzig is playing European dates this summer(?). Danzig would be an interesting one which could go one of two ways. For all the shit that will likely be thrown at the organisers for booking Parkway Drive (if indeed it is them), when I think of a typical Bloodstock headliner, I wouldn't immediately think of Parkway Drive or Danzig tbh.
varangian wrote:Or Anselmo?
With his own band? Sophie headliner at best.
varangian wrote:Or an actual Metal band?
Parkway Drive are a metal band. Maybe not one that you (or I, for that matter) like, but they are. And given the size of venues they're playing in January and how well tickets seem to be selling, they are big enough. I'll be disappointed if it is them, but I can only assume the organisers have identified a need to try and bring in a wider audience to keep the festival financially viable? Didn't work with Trivium as their crowd was tiny but they're obviously gonna keep trying with this approach until it becomes clear it doesn't work. And to be fair, for every time it hasn't worked (Trivium, Mastodon), it has worked with other bands who raised an eyebrow or two when they were first announced (Machine Head, Gojira, Ghost, Rob Zombie).