surfslamdive wrote:So that gives us between 20 and 30 sets a night, which is nuts by itself. I can only imagine the complaints I see of not being able to catch every band would be amplified next year if it's the same number of days, but more stages and way more bands.
I'm curious about an increase in the number of bands leading to an increase of complaints...how many people that go to bigger festivals in Europe (say Wacken or Hellfest) complain about the number of bands vs number of days and not being able to see everyone? And with a larger ship there would likely be more things to see/do as well...[/quote]
Actually, everyone I know who's been to Hellfest, has complained about only being able to see a handful of bands - despite the countless playing. I literally don't know a single person who has gone to Hellfest who WASN'T unsatisfied. Wacken is more mixed, but these days, i've definitely been hearing more disgust at the bands they book and the way they schedule things.
Personally, there's something for me to enjoy in EVERY genre of metal - so like, if there's sixty bands, chances are i'd want to see almost all of them.
2012-2014 as well as BtH all had lineups that were mixed for me, mixed bags of awesome and terrible.
But the debut cruise lineup from 2011? Pretty sure out of those 42 bands, had I been on that boat, there only would have been like 3 bands I WOULDN'T have wanted to see(jealous of everyone who went that year) - so if we end up with another perfect(IMO) lineup like that year, but with 60 bands, i'd be pretty fucking bummed if spent thousands between the boat and travel/hotel expenses, only to learn the running order two days in advance.
Eh, I guess we'll see what happens. One thing that I MUCH MUCH prefer about festivals like Progpower USA and Maryland Deathfest and whatnot, is you know the entire lineup a good year in advance AND know what bands are playing what days.