My predictions on how its going to go down. We are going to get 2 or 3 bands announced this week, 2 on or right near xmas day, 1 between xmas and New Year's, 2 on or near New Year's, 5 or 6 announced during January with a final announcement of 3 bands on the Friday before broading:
FIREWIND - good chance considering the direction the Russian scouting party is heading
DEMONHUNTER and/or BATTLECROSS - both touring with In Flames (so is ALL SHALL PERISH - but possibly they are a bit too 'core' for 70K), and I expect there to be at least 6 more US bands added
MAGNUM - boat needs another UK band or two, and I've been pestering Andy forever to get them onbroad
(ie. this is wishful thinking on my behalf LOL)
POWERWOLF - a wishlist band for a lot of people. I'm sure Andy has been after them.
BLOODBOUND - need more Swedes on broad. These guys would fit right in, and they've got a new album out to promote.
FINNTROLL - I don't personally want another repeat band, but given the 'non-announcement' of them for BTH, 70K is a distinct possibility.
AMARANTHE/LEAVES EYES/WITHIN TEMPTATION/DELAIN/XANDRIA - lumped all in one as I don't expect multiple of them on broad, but the lineup is missing a 'big' girlie band a la Epica in 2011 or Nightwish in 2012, so I expect (hope for) one of these one broad.
BATTLELORE - expect another Finnish band or two on broad. Would love these guys and girls to be one of them.
Final announcement will be three bands - 1 relatively well known and 2 'unknowns' (2011 we had Circle II Circle with Arsis and The Abscence, 2012 had Candlemass with Diamond Plate and Meghora)