I'm still in recovery
Immense weekend was had, ya it was a shaky start thought they'd have the house in order given the festival was beginning proper on the Thursday not sure what happened with the other entrance but I opted for the main we also arrived at 2, could see through the clearing queue not out that bad however when going through trees area loads of people just stopped drinking cans luggage clogging up the place just ploughed past and into queue I would imagine first time goers may have been confused by that congregation.
Took us a frustrating hour to get wristbands sorted but read 3-4 hours for some online so maybe were lucky we didn't come earlier. On arrival in campsite it was 95% full got em up and headed in just in time for the very start of Doro.
Black Stone Cherry were reliable as ever, Iced Earth was pretty bad not keen on Stu and sound done them no favors. Jon Davis was odd varied from good to not great perhaps something more suited to the Marquee and not that high up on the main stage. Ghost made the most of the short set enjoyed it but during the night would have something pity they weren't scheduled after Guns. Guns show I really got into, first 6 songs suffered sound issues where we were but had seen those exact same one at Slane so no real worries when it picked up here it was better overall for me. Yes 3.5 hours might be slightly overkill but I'm at a festival I'm in no rush to be anywhere I'm watching the full thing and going to have a beers and soak it up this was made all the better for last hour or so with clear run at half litre bar
Kreator weren't at their best no left after Phobia, Hollywood Vamps aren't pointless, glorified covers band alright but if I hadn't seen Alice Cooper and Perry in their respective bands if I was a young fan why not? They clashed with Skindred though who blew the roof off the metal dome one of the sets of the weekend certainly one of the best crowds, caught arse end of Hollywood wasn't bad I'm Eighteen, Sweet Emotion etc played fairly nifty nothing wrong with it. Might I add I thought Limp Bizkit were actually brilliant
Marilyn Manson what happened there? He put on a killer performance I was shocked expected nothing. Parkway Drive in the same slot the previous night were reliable as always they keep that trajectory ones to hold up some of these festivals up in the future hopefully was a great spectacle too. Megadeth didn't play a predictable set thankfully as I missed Baroness for them. Judas Priest probably stole the weekend of so many cracking shows was great to get Glenn! Ozzy was on form off the bat midway maybe he dropped off a little but that guitar solo jam and long drum solo helped aid him even if it wiped out about quarter of the crowd
Caught end of Powerflo wasn't familiar with their own material but playing 'How It Is' was the job, BC were entertaining, Arch Enemy quality and the Maiden show ah stop, Bruce on fire delighted to have a ticket to Poland to see it again, volume could have been upped maybe but it was clear the main thing.
Didn't go see Vader but ya they were fair good with Testament only in April so opted for something else I believe, would have watched otherwise.
Took much more in was around 33 sets overall I think I counted, wise choices if I do say so myself
however only bumps being other bands clashes to Darkness and C.O.C. sound for Lacuna Coil soured their set ,some of the lads watched the Darkness said Dome was rammed they would have been ideal on main during the day.
Defo got moneys worth (solely on ticket price at least) Damn tokens at least I bought in advance and didn't come home with any this time.
I'll defo be back pending line ups, may have to suss the Metal Park or Town in future though. Which is better?