Haldamir319 wrote:If you don't check out bands... how will you ever find out new bands? Haha
Generally speaking I agree with you. I still get to check out new bands when I get to gigs early enough to catch support acts, through word of mouth, via Planet Rock (for the more rock-based stuff obviously), or if I read a review that catches my eye online or in Metal Hammer, etc. so I'm not completely oblivious. It's just that Bloodstock have, in my opinion, made such a waste of their 2nd stage by packing it full of unknowns it makes me less inclined to wade through 3 days' worth of bands on 2 stages just to find one or two I might like.
And it's actually drained my enthusiasm to the point where I just don't give a shit anymore and I'd rather prioritise my 'dead time' hanging out with people instead. Sad in a way, but if the festival did a better job of utilising their 2nd stage then I'd be more inclined to make an effort, but if the organisers can't be arsed, then neither can I.
In fairness, I usually end up catching one or two extra bands across the weekend beyond my 'must-sees' due to just wandering around, being in the arena already waiting for a band or by seeing something someone else I'm with wants to see. I guess I'm just highlighting my general sense of 'meh' with the use of the other stages.