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Brick: I am tired of Festivals. There, I said it. Sure you get to see 80 to 100 bands in a couple of days but are you really seeing the bands best? Festival sets are normally shorter, the theatrics are cut, and everyone has the same stage set up. I’ve seen bands at festivals and thought they were sub-par but after seeing their full stage show in a proper arena I realized they were amazing. Is it possible that metal festivals are actually doing more harm to the music then good?
Mason: Surprise, surprise, I 100% disagree with my brother from the same mother on this one. Festivals can be like heavy metal mini-vacations if you plan them right, have the funds, and enjoy other people. Currently, in the great state of Wisconsin, I’m eyeing three different festivals, all multi-day, all in a gorgeous natural landscape. The price for two days of metal madness, $125 per person. And you get to see Slipknot, Yelawolf, Korn, Seether, Bobaflex, and about 20 more bands. Of course you won’t like every band, and the sets are shorter, but turn the frown upside down and realize the positives.
Family, our heavy metal family, comes together in a carnival of pleasure. Cold beer, camping, corn dogs, and kick-ass music that ain’t country, all under the stars surrounded by a forest, with brisk pure air. Man, I can almost feel it now.
Brick: I will give in on the family thing, but from a practical stand point I’m paying for the music. I can invite some friends into the forest and get drunk while listening to a Slipknot CD. It won’t cost me much money in the fact that there are no tickets, much cheaper beer, and the sets can be as long as I want them to be.
Personally I think there should be quality over quantity. If a band knows they are going in for 40 minutes and don’t have to worry about stage cues and lighting they are simply going to dial in a performance. Seems like an expensive way to have my friends over.
Mason: I’m picturing you in the forest with a case of Rhinelander and a boom box. Tell me how that goes. Please, can you truly complain about 125 dollars for 30 bands? I failed Algebra 2, but doesn’t that come out to less than 5 bucks per band. Five freaking greenbacks to throw down some Iowa makes that expensive beer much easier to down, and you can always go back to your campsite and down some store bought suds. What you can’t do is catch 10 bands in one day and make new metal friends sitting in your double-wide playing that scratched up Follow The Leader CD you need to replace. Get out, meet real people, hear live music!!
Brick: My boombox brings the ladies my lonely brother. Although you make strong arguments I just think cheapening the experience of live music doesn’t help it at all. Festivals are a way for some “music business” guy to make money on the back of subpar performances. To have the experience you’re talking about we could simply bring in a bunch of local acts and party on. Why pay someone to party cause apparently the music is second to the experience. I can’t think of a single time where a band had the set of their life at a festival.
Even if they did, you won’t see it because 25000 people are crammed in some field that was meant to hold 10 cows. I’m afraid you’re not going to win this one Mason. Festivals are a cash grab to trick people into thinking there is value. You can’t say you “saw” a band, you can only really say you were “there” when the band was. Slipknot might as well be in Iowa for the view you’re going to get unless you’re willing to run to the front and piss your pants cause you can’t leave. Festivals suck.
Mason: I recall a perfect autumnal day watching Fozzy put on a brilliant performance and in less than 10 minutes Bobaflex was cranking it up on a second but equal stage. With a cold Octoberfest brew in my hand, and with a great view I was in metal glory. A couple of hours later I found myself digging two bands I’d never have given the time of day (Avatar and Bring Me The Horizon). That is the power of a well run festival. You can jam with the bands you already love and find some new steam walking away. Can’t wait for Northern Invasion and RockFest!
Our commentary is about honesty, so prepare yourself if you want to hide from the truth. – Brick & Mason Peerson
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