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Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:29 pm
by Cassius
btw for those who have been talking about it on the Thursday Q&A they mentioned they tried to get Mercyful Fate and couldnt but would be trying to book them for a future Bloodstock

Didnt give a reason for why they couldnt but guessing a lot of the time they cant discuss that stuff

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 5:47 pm
by houston4044
Chances of an announcement this week? If it's back to the usual two week cycle

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Sat Feb 08, 2020 6:13 pm
by bloodofthekings
Cassius wrote:btw for those who have been talking about it on the Thursday Q&A they mentioned they tried to get Mercyful Fate and couldnt but would be trying to book them for a future Bloodstock

Didnt give a reason for why they couldnt but guessing a lot of the time they cant discuss that stuff


Whatever. I don't even know if I believe that. And even that is true, plenty of other festivals have so if Bloodstock can't, then that just shows how far they've fallen

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 3:19 am
by Skippy
bloodofthekings wrote:
Cassius wrote:btw for those who have been talking about it on the Thursday Q&A they mentioned they tried to get Mercyful Fate and couldnt but would be trying to book them for a future Bloodstock

Didnt give a reason for why they couldnt but guessing a lot of the time they cant discuss that stuff


Whatever. I don't even know if I believe that. And even that is true, plenty of other festivals have so if Bloodstock can't, then that just shows how far they've fallen

It doesn't necessarily. It may just not be financially viable for them to come to the UK. I mean its not like Bloodstock haven't booked them but Damnation, Incineration or a HRH show have instead.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that they tried particularly hard to get them. Probably a few questions, nevermind Skindred are cheaper we'll have them instead.

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Sun Feb 09, 2020 9:44 am
by bloodofthekings
Skippy wrote:
bloodofthekings wrote:
Cassius wrote:btw for those who have been talking about it on the Thursday Q&A they mentioned they tried to get Mercyful Fate and couldnt but would be trying to book them for a future Bloodstock

Didnt give a reason for why they couldnt but guessing a lot of the time they cant discuss that stuff


Whatever. I don't even know if I believe that. And even that is true, plenty of other festivals have so if Bloodstock can't, then that just shows how far they've fallen

It doesn't necessarily. It may just not be financially viable for them to come to the UK. I mean its not like Bloodstock haven't booked them but Damnation, Incineration or a HRH show have instead.

Don't get me wrong, I'm not suggesting that they tried particularly hard to get them. Probably a few questions, nevermind Skindred are cheaper we'll have them instead.


Exactly. The passion has gone. It's all about cutting costs and maximising revenue now to the detriment of actually making the festival stand out or giving it any identity. They've gotten lazy and it's sad to see. Especially with all the hyperbole about "20th Anniversary celebrations" and all that. Everything they put out via their promotional channels is so disingenuous and fake nowadays.

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 9:22 am
by robin8585
houston4044 wrote:
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.


It's not very deep I'm afraid. Since 2015 there have been more bands on that stage that I want to see than the main stage, the band I've been most excited about has been there, and all of the new discoveries I make have been there (with the notable exception of Ghost Bath).

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:48 am
by houston4044
robin8585 wrote:
It's not very deep I'm afraid. Since 2015 there have been more bands on that stage that I want to see than the main stage, the band I've been most excited about has been there, and all of the new discoveries I make have been there (with the notable exception of Ghost Bath).


Different strokes and all that :yes: Always find a few gems across the weekend myself, Necrot and Green Lung are a good start this year.

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:12 pm
by Skippy
I usually find decent bands on the Sophie, they usually have a few bands I've never heard of that turn out to be amazing. The question is, is that enough? I'm not paying my ticket price to watch Wheel or Helheim, decent as they both were, and I'd much rather watch a band I'd heard of as an alternative to the dross on the main stage.

The fact that I only remember watching those two on the Sophie stage says something as well. Sure, I could have watched Guardians of Time or 3 Headed Snake (I vaguely remember them both clashing with someone), but most of the rest of that lineup seems like local pub bands, bands that I either have or could have seen multiple times throughout the year. Hardly special. The year before was far better - for me at least the Sophie stage seems to have massively regressed in recent years. I'm hoping this year pulls it out the bag again, Unleash the Archers are the sort of band I'd want to see on the stage, but the rest is the usual filler tosh, even if I like some of the bands.

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 1:17 pm
by henryburch4
announcement tomorrow ( post from simon on fb)
have discovered so many good bands on the sophie over the years , normally from checking them out before but had a few gems that i have stumbled across.
more slam on the sophie, ingested is one of the best sets i have seen on the stage.

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 2:55 pm
by Black Wizard
henryburch4 wrote:announcement tomorrow ( post from simon on fb)

I reckon Delain will be there to fill up some of the space on Friday.

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 3:18 pm
by Methuen
Black Wizard wrote:
henryburch4 wrote:announcement tomorrow ( post from simon on fb)

I reckon Delain will be there to fill up some of the space on Friday.


Glad I've been to see them in their packed-out tour venues. Seeing them in a half empty arena / on the Sophie with the joke bands wouldn't be quite the same.

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Mon Feb 10, 2020 11:25 pm
by cheesemason
Vicky confirmed announcement for 11 tomorrow

Due to the lower key build up than usual, I’m guessing a load of Sophie bands

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 6:51 am
by bloodofthekings
cheesemason wrote:Vicky confirmed announcement for 11 tomorrow

Due to the lower key build up than usual, I’m guessing a load of Sophie bands


Given the lack of big names of the main stage, any announcement now isn't even worth a build-up. But you're probably right - a bunch of pub bands nobody's heard of for the 2nd stage most likely.
God, Bloodstock really know how to take momentum and throw it down the drain, I used to see news of announcement and be excited or at the very least intrigued, and in the past few years, after the first 2 or 3 announcements it's just not worth caring any more

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:06 am
by Powerslave
Soen! Absolutely made up with that.

Re: Next Announcement

Posted: Tue Feb 11, 2020 11:07 am
by bloodfiend
Acid Reign - not keen on the music, but they were very fun headlining the Sophie stage in 2016

Svalbarduk - never heard of them, hardcore punk crew? No thanks

Idle Hands - who?

Soen - "Swedish progressive rock collection"....sound like a right yawn fest

Viscare - the announcement handily doesn't even say what they're like!

Dog Tired - from Metal 2 The Masses, so no doubt cack.

Lol, more tripe.