Skippy wrote: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.
That's pretty much my point, look how many niche festivals there are now and how BOA haven't capitalized on their advantage over many of them; leaving them to look like just another festival. There is demand for a lot of these niches (hence why there are so many of these festivals) yet BOA doesn't try to nip it in the bud by booking a few of the more prominent names.
Wasn't knocking power metal, just that I couldn't find a fest in the same vein as other genres so it did raise the question.
robin8585 wrote:I couldn't disagree more about the Sophie stage, it's what's kept me coming the last few years. I can see what their idea of what the bigger bands they want to book are by looking at the main stage, and I'd rather they just kept on doing what they're doing on the Sophie. Granted it's not looking all that impressive right now, but that's not uncommon at this stage of the year, it's always the late announcements that make it.
What is it about the Sophie stage you like? Not knocking you, it's just you don't mention why.
Also, I see Boomtown have announced some of their line up (the weekend after BOA) and among the heavy bands I see Municipal Waste and Sick of it All (also Skindred) who have been rumored for BOA; chances of them turning up now?