Memnoch wrote:But still, there's not really a need for any repeats (be it a band from the first cruise or whatever). There are thousands of active, recording metal bands out there. Surely we've only had a few of them onbroad? Whoever thinks we're somehow running out of new bands needs to go out and look outside their five-band playlist. Hell, there's probably new headliners for the next twenty cruises if Andy wanted to avoid repeat bands.
The only reason we have lots of repeats is that the repeat bands want to attend the cruise again and therefore are willing to accept a lower fee for their services. Who would say no to that?
There are many good reasons for having repeats, in 70k and in every other festival out there. First, while there are a lot of newcomers full of talent out there, there are not *so many* bands which would attract the attention of the masses. This reasoning you use here could also apply for any other festival, such as Wacken, Summer Breeze, Tuska... couldn't it? And they also have repeats every year, don't they? It's not like you need
to repeat bands, but some formulas just work, whether you like them or not, and there's no good reason to ban them forever once they've played once, that simply makes no sense at all to me. What sense would it make to forbid bands such as Sabaton, Amon Amarth or Nightwish, among many others (please leave personal taste aside here), from playing in a festival just because they've played there before?
With 60 bands there's plenty of room both for good repeats and for newcomers alike. Just like in every other good festival.
And no, I don't have a five-band playlist, I am happy to say I listen to hundreds of bands.