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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.
It's good to see you exspouse these thoughts so regularly!
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