houston4044 wrote:Gandalf makes a good point, BOA's either sleepwalked into cornering itself in a busy marketplace or hasn't dominated any corner of the market allowing competition to find a niche.
UK Death Fest/Damnation/Incineration- Death/Black. BOA can compete with them by booking the bigger bands (ala Behemoth) but can't cater to that audience to the level those fests can.
Tech Fest/Radar Fest- Prog/Tech metal. Same as above.
HRH- Lots of variants/events and with cheap tickets BOA can't compete on price. Add in the 3 subs this year have played HRH events in the last 3 years. Apart from bigger headliners and a few more bigger acts can't see what BOA has over HRH. (The sophie stage often looks like the undercard to a HRH event too)
DL- The "DL bands". Can compete on price and DL only has a few token heavier acts but DL can book bigger acts and outbid BOA on bands.
Knotfest- TBD but given it's so close to BOA it could challenge for audience share and bands
Ironically, whereas consensus on here has been the budget has been blown on the headliners; is that the only way BOA can compete? The biggest selling point is the only differentiation from their competitors?
Also, one of the few demographics I can't find a biggish fest for is Power Metal, which everyone wants BOA to book. Could be I'm not looking in the right place (happily stand corrected if I've missed it) but does show there isn't the market for it here.
Its fairly obvious that the organisers don't know their shit when it comes to power metal - they don't know who they should be booking, they'll maybe book a biggish band who've just finished a tour, but they can't get the exclusives. As a genre though, to say there isn't a market for it here in the UK these days is bullshit. Every major power metal gig I've been to in the last few years has sold out, including bands like Powerwolf, Gloryhammer, Sabaton, Blind Guardian, Kamelot (maybe that didn't quite sell out but it was pretty full), and even the likes of Delain and Epica if you are including them (Delain selling out the same venue Cradle of Filth had half filled the day before). There is the demand for them (and the fact that HRH are giving Rhapsody of Fire the chance to basically carry their metal festival next week shows that), its just Bloodstock isn't making any effort to fulfil that niche.
As for your other point of other festivals fulfilling a niche better....sure, of course specialised festivals will do that. What Bloodstock always had though was the ability to book a wider scope of rarer, bigger bands that the niche festivals could only find as headliners, wouldn't (at the time) be given the time of day at Download (or would be given an incredibly short slot in a tent) and satisfy a wider range of fans. Sure, I love power metal but I wouldn't really be excited by a whole festival of it. But at Bloodstock you could see Moonsorrow followed by Iced Earth, and be excited by both because it was the only chance you'd get to see either that year.
There just isn't that same excitement lately. I like Gloryhammer, Skindred and Devin Townsend but I watched them all last year. The only major band that excites me is Dark Tranquility, I've not seen them before, but the rest of the lineup feels like the filler you'd find on a HRH event, or bands Download couldn't find room for. The niche festivals have caught up and Bloodstock has sleepwalked into being just another festival.