What a great weekend, hope you all enjoyed yourselves and returned home safely without too much of a hang over?
Firstly can I start by thanking you all for yet another fantastic Bloodstock and for giving the festival your support, we had some amazing bands this year and have received from the bands a lot of praise for a great festival and even greater fans !!!
I have had several emails and browsed the forum so to help clear up a few issues, give out praises to the well deserved and to dish out some no noâ€™s to the very few misguided I feel it only right I try to answer your queries.
We all do our very best to make sure your festival improves each year and to a greater extent I think this year we achieved this. Lack of toilets were a major issue this year, that wonâ€™t be the case next, we will also have showers on the campsite, a much requested item. Itâ€™s not rocket science, when we get it wrong or, you rightly tell us and if itâ€™s achievable weâ€™ll fix it.
Onto our plans for 2008, in order for us to make Bloodstock Open Air the festival all you guys want to be proud of like of our European counterparts, we have to look carefully at our current situation. Running two festivals back to back is financial suicide and means at best you do both badly, as the capacity of the venue is limited and the bands we would like to see at the indoor are not affordable to make the venue work, it makes no sense to continue. The alternative is no Festival â€œperiod.â€ This as many of our decisions has been hard but one we had to make at this juncture. However we will re kindle the Christmas show and Iâ€™m not saying the indoor is gone for good, once we have the open air the festival where we want it to be we will revisit it.
Bloodstock is NOT some corporate money grabbing machine, neither is it a charity, a rise in ticket price is not a way of making a quick buck but a natural consequence of the festivalâ€™s spiralling costs due to our commitment to make it the best it can be, that said weâ€™ll keep prices for next year the same as this years price if you purchase your ticket between now and 15th December 2007, any tickets purchased after 15th December will be priced at Â£ 85, this will give all you loyal Bloodstockers the opportunity to snatch what is and believe me a bargain.
Tickets for Bloodstock Open Air 2008 will go on Sale from September 1st and can be purchased Online in the Bloodstock Store !!
All tickets will be despatched before Christmas so they also will make ideal Christmas presents !!!
We have also taken on board emails received from lots of metallers that could not attend this year as they have children, with this in mind we have introduced a Child ticket, if you have children aged between 4 â€“ 11 you will be able to purchase a ticket for them at the reduced rate of Â£ 35, children aged 0 â€“ 3 will get in for free !
The misguided, I received some complaints about certain individuals setting fire to wheelie bins, Bloodstock has always been a friendly safe festival something weâ€™re all proud of, we will NOT tolerate to be polite the misguided element these people ruin it for others, be warned our security is to be doubled next year, another reason for our cost increase. The campsite, we will endeavour to have a quiet area for those not wishing to be part of the mayhem created by those who want to party till dawn.
Bloodstockâ€™s ethos for the fans by the fans is born out by the number of metal heads that give their time and energy behind the scenes to put the show on, from production, Merchandise to street teams, all working tirelessly throughout the year to give us all a true Metal festival to be part of and proud of.
Next years Bloodstock Open Air is set to be even bigger than this year, we are liaising now with some amazing bands and we aim to have some band announcements with you shortly, we appreciate your comments on bands and we read ALL band requests you guys put forward !!
Keep it heavy keep it safe