#1 Well no, but you are FNG #2 is most likely because he has always meet the number of bands promised but #3 maybe this year because new ship equals more problems.The logistics of putting this together might have overwhelmed them ,I can see other problems coming also.Putting together 4 New stages at a new port on a new ship has epic snowstorm of epic proportions written all over it.This year is truly an experiment by people who might be a bit over confident.Mr. HCI wrote:I may be a FNG, but I don't get this business model at all.
For the last four years I've wanted to go on this cruise but I knew I couldn't afford it, so I never looked at the forums, etc. This year I finally booked (only 2 weeks ago!) and came here to these forums to get myself familiarized with the way things happen on the boat.
Wow, I am surprised, to say the least. Baffled would be more accurate, actually.
Now, I'm just theorizing here, but as I see it there are three likely scenarios for why the announcements are so late/slow:
1) THE GOOD: There are a bunch of heavy hitters coming our way.
--MAKES SENSE BECAUSE: No need for an early announcement because everyone is already familiar with them.
--MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE: Announcing these bands early would ensure an early sell-out, which would (I assume) be UMC's wet dream.
2) THE BAD: There's a bunch of filler coming.
--MAKES SENSE BECAUSE: Announcing these bands won't impact bookings in any meaningful way.
--MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE: These bands are exactly the ones that need the exposure, meaning that they would prefer to be announced early so that fans/potential fans can familiarize themselves with their music.
3) THE UGLY: UMC has no firm contracts with any other bands, and is scrambling at the last minute.
--MAKES SENSE BECAUSE: All the evidence points to an "organization" that is pulling shit out of its ass at the last minute.
--MAKES NO SENSE BECAUSE: Everyone says "this is the way it always is every year; don't worry."
Like I said, I'm just a newbie so I may be way off base with any of this. But damn it all, this is a hell of a way to run this show, and it's borderline insulting to the customers.
Am I still excited? Yes. Am I going to have a great time? Yes. I will reserve my final judgement until after the cruise. But there's something very, very wrong with a promoter who sells a show which promises 60 bands but seemingly has a hard time delivering on that promise. Then again, there's something very, very wrong with anyone who pays several thousand dollars to go see some unknown quantity of unnamed bands. So there's that.