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Four days and more than 150 bands.
Not to many of them are any good even if you like the music style. (As it is for every music festival)
Having 150 bands of high quality would be a bit more expensive as it usually is
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There's enough good to keep you busy. Every festival has many stages, it would be insane if they all had large, expensive bands that everyone wants to see. And finding a new band is a joy of a festival
I've realized something about multi-day music festivals... usually the only bands you're interested in play either last or second to last on any given day. The exception to this are good up and coming bands who get stuck playing right away in the morning. Leaving and returning later on is a headache when you realize that they are usually held an hour+ from anything else.
It's almost like they plan it that way so you have to spend extra money on their overpriced food and beverages.
I'm trying to give them the benefit of the doubt that it is a combination of factors beyond their control. Things like available locations and not sufficiently taking their customer's needs into account as opposed to being an outright cash grab.
In case you were wondering... no, I couldn't type that with a straight face.
Don't get me wrong, I love obscure bands and ones who haven't broken through quite yet but I still want to make sure I'm not wasting my money and more importantly time.
Normal process is to check the lineup for bands I have never heard of, go research them see if they have any songs which I like and how their other live shows look. If their small venue shows are awesome but not larger ones, I aim to see them in a smaller venue. Let them be their best sort of thing. Plus for complete unknowns, small shows usually cost less, aren't a multiday affair, and so on.
The worst I've run into are bands whose songs I love but are as lively as a slime mold on stage! Sort of sucks the magic out of the entire thing. This isn't speaking to Wacken in specific, more of music festivals I've attended in general. Been burned too many times to leave it to chance.
That sounds a good mix. We've spent a lot of time in Switzerland and enjoyed it. It's school holidays at the moment and we're in Bavaria hiking. Same Alps but less crowded and much cheaper. There's a mountain here called Wank and I am yet to come up with a good answer to "daaaaad, why is it so funny?"
We decided not to visit a concentration camp on this trip, not my idea of fun with young kids and a Jewish wife. We are living in Holland now and a quick bit of research found the names and addresses of the many people deported from our very street and I often ride my bicycle along the train line via which they were transported.
I've seen Rammstein play in Germany, the crowd is almost a better show than the band.
Sounds like an awesome trip. I have tickets to see Neil Young this summer which I'm really looking forward to.