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  1. I was thankfully confused about the "VIP" section. The front area of the pit is definitely separated, and I saw a stream of purple coming from backstage-type areas walking and talking back and forth. No actual fans, just assholes on cell phones. Lol. I naturally assumed they overpaid for that access!

  2. Friendly reminder to all those coming next week, it's about 6,000 steps (a mile or two) from the shuttle dropoff to the front of the festival. There were multiple older folks nearly passed out today, and it was cool weather. Be careful! Also, was the pit area of the main stage always 100% VIP? I don't remember that from 2018, but I was only up really close at tent shows, I think. 

  3. I count 9 acts I'm at least moderatly interested in seeing on Saturday. Heck, after a couple banger days relaxing with Phoebe Bridgers and Leon Bridges before the poppy feel-goodness of 21pilots and Imagine Dragons is going to be fun.

    Granted, I wouldn't pay to see 21 or Imagine, they're not my vibe, but that's part of the point of festivals. And losing FNM and QotSA hurt the fest a smidge, but it's still loaded.

  4. This might be kind of a dumb question - is there anyplace on or near the grounds (walking distance) if someone needed high-speed internet? Like, reliable high speed internet, I mean. 

    I was considering renting a Wifi hotspot and bringing it to the campground, but I don't know if that's a solution. Any wisdom on this?

  5. 56 minutes ago, johnybegood said:

    Try in ticketswap. Everyday some tickets are reselled there at face value. I got 2 tickets for Sunday there after several days trying.

    Yeah, I've been there all day watching people instantly grab tickets (maybe with bots, I dunno). Might set up my own bot, but I only need one and I'll pay over face if it's not too crazy. 

  6. I wonder if there's a good place to go to find other solo travelers or small groups camping at RW? I connected with a group of like 12 folks in 2018 and it was an absolute blast. I'm coming alone from the USA for both the Nick Cave/Placebo/Smile show and RW... any recommendations?

  7. On 1/31/2022 at 2:56 PM, P.bintein said:

    I think Metallica, RHCP and PJ will do the same. I really hope RW will have a plan to replace the artist.

    I think there's zero chance PJ skips it unless the Covid situation is unpassable, they've been rescheduling this EU tour for two years and unlike some of the other bands, they have a huge number of tickets sold and held AND a fan base who has patiently been paying their fan club dues for no shows. 

  8. On 8/17/2021 at 11:59 AM, clasher said:

    I saw their 2018 Mad Cool show and I agree completely. While I generally like Tranquility base (still think it should've been an Alex Turner solo album), their set was absolutely not fit for a festival crowd. How they managed to lose the crowd after three songs still baffles me.

    I was so stoked to see them again and that 2018 show was one of the dreariest messes I've ever seen. Say what you want about a band like The Killers just playing to the crowd... sometimes you GOTTA play to the crowd. 

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  9. On 7/10/2021 at 4:02 AM, pigital said:

    Elton John? GNR? Is this some kind of sarcasm I’m not understanding? 

    Starting to feel like the bands are not the only old thing on RW anymore. I really don’t get how you consciously could still ask for more old bands/artists. 

    Either I’m too young for RW or everyone else is not open for new music on the top off the bill. But damn, GNR and Elton John when Tame Impala, Kendrick (possibly), Dua Lipa, Lorde, Tyler the Creator, Billie Eilish and more are touring just totally blows my mind.

    You do understand there are only 4 bands on the bill already, right? The reality is that they don't want to pay ridiculous sums to bands they don't think represent the RW festival theme. The name has "ROCK" in it, if they went to Megan Thee Stallion/Kendrick/etc as their main headliners, the festival might sell the same number of tickets and completely lose its historical stature.

    There will be PLENTY of youth-facing acts in the 4 day lineup. There will be rappers, dance acts, pop bands... and more old people with guitars. There are literally HUNDREDS of festivals with 3/4 of the headliners being people who were in high school in 2015, that doesn't need to be EVERY festival.

    RW will be packed with folks who want to see this lineup.

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  10. 4 hours ago, tmolvik said:

    Could be, but it seems like those speculations are more based on hope rather than actual knowledge. However I'm sure that they must have many bands booked (even only those carried over from previous cancelled editions), so I can't really understand why they can't announce some of those, even if it means we'll have to wait for the last headliner...  

    Well, if your headliner has it in their contract that they have to be the first band announced on their headlining day, you can't do that. There's no legitimate reason for them to have held off releasing the Sunday headliner while also selling Sunday tickets, if not for some concession being made to whatever that act is. There's literally zero upside to trying to sell tickets on a day nobody knows any band that's playing. And there's zero chance there's no actual headiner on the festival's final night... so... logic dictates there's a reason we don't know.

  11. 1 hour ago, tmolvik said:

    Should we expect radio silence until fall or are there any plans of announcing something?

    I think whoever said they were waiting for a major act to drop their tour plan is probably on the money. The Sunday headliner probably has enough clout to delate the announcement. Who? I dunno, hoping for the best!

  12. I find it absolutely hilarious that someone thinks that one distinct Chinese product (or even a wide variety of face masks) is worth more than the incredible mass of Chinese mass-produced exports that are not selling at all, or at a reduced rate, because of this global pandemic. 

    I mean kind of grossly hilarious, but super funny indeed. The mental gymnastics it takes to consider like 1/64th of the issue while ignoring the other 63/64th... wow. Perhaps also a flat earther?

    *Also, hilarious, I just noticed my reputation has dropped to negative because one Massive Attack fan went and downvoted all my posts after I called them out for skipping Mad Cool two years ago. What a weirdo.*

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  13. 1 hour ago, Gucci Piggy said:

    Kasabian aren't that big outside of the UK; they don't headline major festivals (maybe Beni but that's a very UK-centric festival).

    Nine Inch Nails aren't a fresh reunion; they're releasing new music and playing festivals (in non-headline slots) all over the world to promote it. Massive Attack are the same as NIN; they also don't headline major festivals. You can see both of these at loads of festivals every other year.

    Smashing Pumpkins are a new reunion with a lineup that hasn't been seen together in a long time. They're charging ridiculous prices for their own shows and you can be sure the reason for the reunion is to make a shitload of money. I doubt they're gonna be accepting non-headline slots and the fees that come with them. If Jack White can headline it I don't see the "classic" lineup Smashing Pumpkins doing anything less. Just swap em with Björk and it's more realistic (even though I can't see her playing).

    NIN didn't tour at all in 2015 or 2016. They've been on a run of shows in 17 and 18 and who knows how long that will continue. 

    Smashing Pumpkins are not a headliner, unless you're doing a radio station one day festival with 15 terrible bands on the bill.

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  14. That explanation is hot garbage. The tent was banging all weekend long, and the festival was three weeks ago. They could have sent out an instagram while we were waiting for them, for fuck's sake. "Especially when we couldn't communicate the situation with you all." 

    What a load of crap. I'll never give a thin nickel to Massive Attack again. 

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  15. I would love to see them try to get Faith No More back. They were at RW in 2015, and haven't toured or recorded since, but they are such an interesting band and a rare get it would make what seems a pretty boring lineup more interesting. 

    As an American, I can skip a stone and have it bounce off five festivals with Metallica, Muse, Florence, etc... so I want some weird, wild stuff.

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  16. Just one outsiders' opinion, from someone who went to both Rock Werchter and Mad Cool in the last two weeks. I truly enjoyed both festivals, but I would choose RW 100/100 over Mad Cool in the future, if you're traveling for the festival.

    The lineups were very, very similar. But RW was run so, so much better. Although I did love the late start, so it wasn't an entire day of standing in the heat. Who would think that the Belgian festival would be the one with the oppressive sun?

    Thankfully, Mad Cool is still very, very new. Hopefully next year the gigantic entry lines on day one are tamed. That would go a far way to winning back some fans!

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  17. 22 hours ago, xxialac said:

    Don’t judge until you’ve heard both version’s side of the story.

    FFS they’ve been touring for 30 years, dont you think three decades is enough time to build up a ‘diva’ reputation yet they don’t have one.

    If they were treated badly by mad cool and its shitty organisation skills I don’t blame them for cancelling.


    This pit safety argument is dumb. People should be able to go to a concert and be safe, any other argument is completely irresponsible. No matter how much they paid, people shouldn't be getting crushed just because others feel like it. Have some common sense.

    As for Massive Attack, I get it, some of you are apologists. They're in the wrong, period. Nobody else cancelled their sets. Fans bought tickets because they wanted to see MA, and they didn't. Again... NOBODY else cancelled their sets. The Loop sounded great no matter what else was happening. They douched out, period, and deserve to be called out for it.

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  18. 9 hours ago, Wooderson said:

    Struggle to remember a festival with a stronger 3 bands in a row. Queens/Mode/NIN will take some beating. A bruiser of a day.

    Agreed completely. I wondered at first why NIN was on the Main stage with Depeche on the side... Until they both played. Holy hell NIN crushed it, and their onstage cameras made the show look great from far away. (I was up close, but there were lots who weren't) 

    Pearl Jam and NIN cemented their legacy as powerhouse live bands yet again. Rock is not dead. The 90s are not irrelevant. 

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  19. 21 hours ago, xxialac said:

    No. Massive Attack have been playing gigs since the late 1980s. There is plenty of evidence of them being professional performers.

    Your Rabbit Hole example is pathetic and in no way comparable. That was a tour that got shelved 4 months before.

    And in my time in seeing them *zero* times they’ve dropped out of a festival *ive* attended personally out of 9.

    They are not divas. There was obviously something completely unacceptable about the mad cool setup.

    There is no ZERO. They dropped out two days ago. Did you not attend THiS festival? 

    This is the SECOND festival I've attended that they dropped out. Great that you've had luck, but they're focking douchebags. 

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